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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Serging & pressing seams ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 5/29/12 2:17 PM

So I'm one of those seamstresses who loves her iron. And I've been following the thread on pressed vs unpressed. But I haven't seen any tips for what to do about pressing serged seams. Obviously you can't press them open, but what's the best way to get a nice smooth finish on the outside of the seam?

Any other tips?

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Date: 5/29/12 3:40 PM

I'm thinking you're talking about something like a sideseam that's serged? I use a cardboard bolt (the one that fabric comes on) wrapped in a towel and slide it in my garment. The bolt is small enough to move around, then I press with the steam iron.

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Date: 5/29/12 3:50 PM

Do you press to the side, then? (Which did not occur to me--duh!--until I saw photos on somebody's blog while looking up something entirely different.)

So if you generally press to the side, which would answer my initial question... is there anything else I should know?

I love your pressing board contraption! I've been using my sleeve board for similar applications, but this would be even better.

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Date: 5/29/12 5:22 PM

I just made the Jamie Christina Mission Maxi and the very simple made-for-beginners directions instructed me to press the serged seams towoards the back of the garment. Even in a clingyish rayon jersey they lay pretty flat...

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Date: 5/29/12 5:48 PM


For serged seams, in general press:

a) front-to-back (e.g., side and underarm seams)
b) right-to-left (e.g., center back or center front seams)
c) up-to-down (e.g., neck binding seams).

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Date: 5/29/12 8:26 PM

Press flat as serged, on both sides, mind! Then press to one side. :)

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Date: 5/30/12 7:55 AM

I'm lazy and press mine to the side but seeing the other posts, I should be doing a better job.

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Date: 5/30/12 12:03 PM

Another tip that makes a huge difference in finished appearance;

When making hems, be it lower edge or sleeve, lightly press the hem area where the serged seam is. This pressing will mark the foldline on the fabric for you.

Next, snip the serged seam at the foldline, up to but not through the line of straight stitches (ie cut thru the serger looped threads at the seam's edge).

Turn the serged seam in the hem allowance area to the opposite direction that the rest of the serged seam will be pressed to. For example, if you are pressing the side seam LEFT towards the back, press the seam in the hem allowance to the RIGHT.

Fold the hem allowance back up and press.

Splitting the seam allowance and changing directions will cause the seams to sit next to each other in perfect harmony when the hem is folded up (no bulk; no wonky hem stitching), rather than on top of each other (bulky; wonky hem stitching likely).

Snipping through the looper threads will not cause your serged seam to suddenly fall apart on you, and your hem stitching will secure the serging.
-- Edited on 5/30/12 12:04 PM --

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Date: 5/30/12 12:52 PM

Lynn - great tip on the hemming! Thank you!

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