Member since 11/4/09
Date: 12/18/12 12:38 PM
I need to make a pair of boxer shorts and have just glanced over the directions. I don't have a serger and disappointed that the directions would leave raw seams. how would you handle the seams for a more 'finished' look? I'm thinking flat felled seams, but would that work on the crotch curve? And what about the fly area, just fold over the raw edge?
Plan on cutting tomorrow, so any advice appreciated.
Member since 1/11/12
Date: 12/18/12 12:54 PM
Flat felled seams would work. The crotch curve would not be adversely affected by that type of seam.
You may also use a zig-zag stitch (if your machine has that feature) to finish the seams.
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Member since 5/10/06
Date: 12/18/12 1:16 PM
I use the Timber Lane Five Panel Boxer pattern and it instructs you to flat fell all the seams (the crotch is essentially turned under and topstitched, though it's a lot more complicated than that). It's a little tedious, but the boxers end up looking really nice.
I just made a pair of knit boxers out of some cold gear fabric. For those I serged the seams wrong sides together and topstitched them flat on the outside for a coverstitched look. I think it looks fine, and the inside has no bulk and no seam so they should still be comfortable to wear. It hasn't been cold enough for the recipient to wear them yet (they are for running in near- and sub-freezing), so I don't have a report on their performance.
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Member since 9/18/04
|In reply to DOGLOVER389 <<
Date: 12/18/12 2:21 PM
Flat felled seam definitely work on boxers. I've done them. And DogLover389 is right that doing them on a curved seam is not a problem.
I wrote about flat felled seams on boxer shorts in this PR thread. The curved part of the seam is truly not an issue because you're only dealing with a space about 1/4-inch wide, which will feed under your presser foot with no problems. Pressing and pinning first makes the process work smoothly.
Member since 7/22/11
Date: 12/18/12 4:00 PM
I just finished making a pair of boxer shorts for DH and did use the flat felled seams (my first time using this kind of seam, yay!) on the crotch seams. However, since I was in a bit of a hurry, I straight-stitched the side seams and finished them with a zigzag. Next time I'll do flat felled seams on all places because it gives a really neat look.
Member since 11/4/09
Date: 12/19/12 11:48 AM
Thank you so much, I read your replies then got work. Half done, no problems to report so far :0)