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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > How to finish a crotch seam? ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 8/6/13 0:01 AM

I'm making a pair of high-waisted shorts out of chambray. They have a side zip, no fly. I have flat-felled all the seams, except for the zip seam allowance, which I intend to finish with bias tape, and the crotch seam. I have no idea how to finish the crotch seam! I don't have a serger, and the fabric is too loose for zigag--it just unravels anyway. I already did a bias finish, but it's way too bulky, obviously, so I'm going to have to take it out..

I am convinced there must be some way to finish this seam, but I don't know what it is. Any tips?

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Date: 8/6/13 8:13 AM

There's another active thread about this very thing. You might find more info on that one. I don't know what a "bias" finish is. You don't need a serger to finish a crotch seam. Before I had a machine that had an overlock stitch on it, I just stitched my seam, then stitched again about a 1/4 of an inch from the first stitching. You can then trim your seam to the desired amount. I still do mine this way, only difference is I over lock the raw edge after doing both sets of stitching.

Just found the other thread: Finishing Crotch Seam.
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Date: 8/6/13 8:45 AM

Hi todayistheday ... I posted a question about finishing a crotch seam when I wondered about serging it... That is what JTink is referring to I think.
You should check it out as there is a mention of using tape, which might be what will suit you.

Previously I stitched the seam then stitched the curve again just inside the seam stitching. Then I would pink the edges.

Do you need tempting?? Following my question I did finish mine with the serger and I like it!

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Date: 8/6/13 11:36 AM

Oh, thanks! I didn't realize there was another thread about the same thing!! I'll go there.

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Date: 8/7/13 0:15 AM

Sewing a thin 1/4" twill tape into your seam will stabilize the crotch. Twill tape can be found at any fabric store or online. You don't want to bend over or sit and rip it out! It's very easy to use too. If you don't like the look of it and you have enough seam allowance, you can make a french seam? Hopefully that won't be as bulky as the bias tape. But really, no one will look at the crotch seam and the main thing is to make it stable. Good luck!
-- Edited on 8/7/13 0:17 AM --

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