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what are your favorite ways to finish this seam?
lynnberry
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Date: 6/20/10 2:40 PM

I'm working on seam finishes, and making the inside of my garments look nice and well made. How do you like to finish the armscye seam after setting in a sleeve? Is serging or zigzagging the raw edge the best way for a blouse or dress no matter how else you've finished the other s.a.'s?

I've finished a blouse with french seams, and ended up pinking the seam allowance on the armscye, and finished a dress where I wrapped the seam allowances with Seams Great, and ended up serging the armscye. Flipping through the books I have, there really doesn't seem to be any mention of the best way to finish this area. The serging and pinking are fine, I was just wondering if I should try anything else as well!

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Date: 6/20/10 2:53 PM

Prior to my serger, I used a three step zig zag stitch. My goal in finishing a garmet is not so much how it looks as keeping it from raveling.
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Date: 6/20/10 3:40 PM

before my serger, I used zigzag stitch....now I serge quite happily along

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Date: 6/20/10 4:05 PM

Shannon Gifford, in her class called Build a Better Blouse, suggested trimming and overcasting or binding. She suggested self fabric bias binding, rayon seam tape or an organza binding. Her preference was for a one and a half inch bias strip of organza binding which she sewed on by hand. After stitching and trimming, she finished with a quarter inch bound seam allowance.

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Date: 6/20/10 5:24 PM

You wouldn't happen to have a pic of this. This really has my interest.
I love making my garments beautiful on the inside for the most part and this would certainly enhance armseye.

I also do quick and dirty, most recently and just love how quick I can make something but I would never want anyone to see the innards of those tops...

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Date: 6/20/10 8:17 PM

Depending on whether the sleeve cap has ease, I sometimes do french seams on the armscye. Most often, I serge. If it's a tailored jacket, I hand-overcast. For casual and/or unlined jackets, I do a bias binding, usually with a strip of charmeuse silk.

Armscye seams = same as any other seams, really. You need to decide what works best for that particular garment in that particular fabric that suits your particular needs.

Making the world prettier, seam by seam.

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Date: 6/20/10 9:00 PM

Quote: LynnRowe

Making the world prettier, seam by seam.

I. LOVE. This quote!!!!

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Date: 6/20/10 9:46 PM

[QUOTEYou wouldn't happen to have a pic of this. [/QUOTE]
I do have the pictures from the class that Shannon taught, but they are not too clear and my scanner is not working. I am never too comfortable with sharing material from other people's classes, but Shannon was so generous and helpful that I am sure she would not mind her wonderful lessons being continued. If it would help, I could give more detail about her method for binding the armscye. Perhaps Lynne Rowe has pictures of her bound armscyes.

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Date: 6/21/10 6:25 PM

Thanks for the replies! The projects I've worked on had sleeve caps with a lot of ease, so I didn't think a french seam would work. I think I'll try some binding scenarios and see how that goes! I like learning new ways to do things and having options. I'd love to see some pics if anyone has any!

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Date: 6/21/10 8:31 PM

this was just posted on threads..

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