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Date: 8/4/12 3:47 PM

I have some wool coating that I am making into a cape. The pattern does not call for lining the cape and I am OK with that - it is a fun fall piece, not a classic I will wear for 10 years. The coating has a houndstooth-esque weave on the right side and is fuzzier on the wrong side. It does fray but not quickly. It obviously needs a seam finish, but I don't want anything bulky.

If I were being conscientious I might do seam bindings on it, but I want something quick that will do the job without looking horrendously ugly.

Any recommendations for me? Any advice gladly received!

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Date: 8/4/12 6:10 PM

Put the extra time in and bind the seams. You can press to one side and trim the under seam, bind the upper seam edge and then topstitch from the right side. Binding your seams does not really take all that much time and in my opinion it's worth it. My grandmother used to show me the inside of garments and say that it should look as good as the outside.

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Date: 8/4/12 6:10 PM

Put the extra time in and bind the seams. You can press to one side and trim the under seam, bind the upper seam edge and then topstitch from the right side. Binding your seams does not really take all that much time and in my opinion it's worth it. My grandmother used to show me the inside of garments and say that it should look as good as the outside.

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Date: 8/4/12 7:19 PM

If you have a serger, that's the quickest, easiest method to finish the seams, either separately or together.

Otherwise, what Nancy K said.

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Date: 8/4/12 8:06 PM

What about a blanket stitch with a nice, heavy, decorative thread?

Oops, I didn't notice that you were looking for a SEAM finish. Duh.
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Date: 8/4/12 9:17 PM

I agree with the comment above about binding. I am finishing a UFO (Sewingworkshop Onde Jacket) that I wish I had lined. Now, I wish I had at least bound the seams. I had started at a retreat and didn't really have the time or space to think it through....next one will be lined or bound.

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Date: 8/7/12 12:19 PM

Would you use bias tape or a straight seam binding, or make the binding yourself?

I did bound seams on a skirt this summer and it took me forever - plus the fabric was a frayfest and some of the bindings pulled off - so seam bindings are in my bad books right now. But I don't have a serger so maybe I will have to suck it up and bind my seams!

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Date: 8/7/12 9:59 PM

Heh. I just finished an unsatisfactory web search for seam binding and hem tape. I'd also love some recommendations for sources.

My original plan was to lightly spray-starch a bunch of white and black silk chiffon, cut it into bias strips, and have it hanging around in Ziplocs for when I need it. But so far I've been far too lazy to do that, even thought I bought the chiffon. (Thai Silks was temporarily offering some "B Grade, Runs and Pulls" chiffon at a good price.)

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Date: 8/7/12 10:04 PM

What about flat-felled seams?

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Date: 8/8/12 9:54 PM

I would make bias binding which does not fray. There are plenty of instructions around for making long strips. The easiest binding to make is a Hong Kong finish. For a garment like this where the inside will may often show I'd trim out the under seam, bind the top and then topstitch it down so that you don't have any chance of seeing the raw edge of the binding. I'd also find some funky complementary fabric to make my binding from. It really adds a nice touch.

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