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Finishing seams inside a sleeve
how would you suggest finishing a seam inside a sleeve?
charles92027
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Date: 1/28/13 11:48 AM

I'm starting a new project - a jacket.
Since it's going to be unlined I'd like to make the seams nice and clean. I want to use a technique that lies flat, like flat-felled, but I'm wondering how can I do that inside the sleeve?

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Date: 1/28/13 12:15 PM

How about using a Hong Kong finish instead of a flat fell seam? If you go to Sewing.org, and click on "Guidelines for Sewing" at the left of the page, you'll find a description of that in the "General - How To" Category.

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Date: 1/28/13 1:50 PM

If you use the Hong Kong finish as Screaming Mimi suggests, make sure you use something other than bias tape. It is so bulky and feels awful running down the arms. I would suggest maybe using a silky hem tape to encase the seams. Or you can just Pink the edges. You can turn under each side of the seam allowance and run a narrow hem on each side.

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Date: 1/28/13 2:08 PM

Another option would be to zig-zag stitch your seam allowances. This will prevent any raveling and won't add bulk to the seam. Careful pressing should keep your seam flat. Good luck with your jacket.

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Date: 1/28/13 2:24 PM

Another possibility - French seams.

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Date: 1/29/13 6:01 AM

If you have a serger you might consider serging the edges of pieces before assembling them with your sewing machine.

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Date: 1/29/13 8:20 AM

A specific product called Seams Great is GREAT indeed for this application. I bought it from www.sewitup.com

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Date: 1/29/13 11:24 AM

you can flat fell a sleeve seam, it just gets pretty tight towards the bottom. it's not hard, though.

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Date: 1/29/13 3:07 PM

Thanks everyone, I'm doing a muslin first, so I can experiment with your suggestions

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Date: 2/1/13 4:40 PM

My personal preference are Hong Kong seams. The bias strips used to wrap the seams add weight to garment and help it hang better. If it were me I would use a bias strip of chiffon or voile to cover the seam edges for this type of finish.

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