Member since 3/20/06
Date: 10/20/13 6:10 PM
I'm making a kimono-style robe with flat-fell seams. The sleeve requires me to make a 90-degree turn. Normally I'd just pivot the stitch line, but is there any way I can flat-fell this seam? Do I need to finish one seam before starting the next? I'm reluctant to just cut into the seam allowance if that's just going to leave me with a cut-up seam allowance, kwim?
Thanks for your help!
Member since 5/2/09
In reply to Aquaisces
Date: 10/20/13 6:56 PM
I think I could meter and turn a real flat fell seam allowance at a 90 if using no machine attachments to do that and just myself (as in me and my fingers and the point of a needle or seam ripper) and at a 90 degree angle if with careful finger folding, clipping, metering and tucking the fabric in there into the meter and hand tacking it down first, but not sure why I would ever want to anyplace either! So, no I have never seen it done that way on anything actually, even in the stores.
But if I had a seam like that, that probably would be enough for me to choose another seam finish for it instead, I would think. Maybe choose something else there. You could do a fake one with seams pressed to one side, and just top stitched instead maybe, it would be way less bulky at the 90 degree turn like that. Or just seam pressed to one side, allowance turned under once, clip and fold and manipulate it at the corner, all with your hands carefully and hand baste it down, press good and then top stitch?