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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Need advice on finishing Jalie Scarf Neck Top ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 1/18/11 4:13 PM

I am in the process of making a few Jalie Scarf Neck tops to round out my winter wardrobe. Although the pattern is generally excellent (I love magic burrito to beautiful scarf transformation!) I'm having trouble figuring out how to finish the center front seam.

The first issue is that I can't find an easy way to ensure that I leave a 1/4" unsewn between the end of the center front neck line and the scarf. No matter what I try I end up either sewing it all down with the serger, or, when I pull the shirt out of the burrito the 1/4 seam allowances I carefully manage to save on my first pass, are now folded and sewn to the scarf collar if that makes sense.

The second issue is that even if I manage to keep the 1/4 in free (or more like use my scissors to snip 1/4 inch SA free), when I sew it up with the serger it ends up looking terrible with either a tiny bit of extra fabric between the ends of the scarf and the CF seam or, worse, part of the the scarf sewn together. The only way around this issue I can see is to finish the last bit of the CF seam by hand. Is there something I'm missing? I love the lines and fit of this top but the way my versions look now is not exactly RTW!

Any advice welcome!!

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Date: 1/18/11 4:20 PM

I ended up sewing mine by hand at the top of the CF seam. I am curious to see if someone has a better method.

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Date: 1/18/11 5:06 PM

I use my sewing machine for the first couple of inches of that center seam. then I serger up from the bottom of the center seam and fade off the edge when I meet back up with the stitching line. I don't think you can use the serger for that entire seam nicely.

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Date: 1/18/11 9:10 PM

Amy,

Thank you!!! I kept thinking there was some super secret serger trick I was missing!

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Date: 1/18/11 11:11 PM

Well, I guess you could serger each seam allowance of the front seam separately, then ...wait for it.....sew the center seam with the sewing machine!

I do finicky bits on the machine, such as matching the seam under the arm for an inch or two, then serger the entire seam. It keeps the accuracy of a more perfect 5/8" while taking advantage of the speed of serging.

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