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Invisible Zipper and French Seams
I have inserted an invisible zip and want to french seam the rest of the seam.
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Date: 3/8/13 3:38 PM

Hi, I am sewing an A-Line skirt that has an invisible zip on the side seam. As the material is fairly light, I thought I would try and french seam both side seams. I am not sure how to handle the seam at the end of the zip. Any suggestions??? Many thanks, Janine.

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Date: 3/9/13 6:42 AM

I have done this before and just kind of fudged it with some hand-sewing at the intersection of the seam and zipper.
There's another post somewhere on this site about it with more comments, if you search.

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Date: 3/9/13 10:21 AM

Are you tied to the French seam? Something like this, Burda tutorial - Hong Kong Binding Seam Finish, will work.

The Hong Kong finish, or any other finish that leaves the seam open is an easy way to have a smooth transition from end of zipper into the rest of the seam. This will be on your hip, so smooth is good.

Post if you are determined to use a French Seam. I couldn't find an online tutorial but I can describe it in a million words or less. in the meantime I will try to find and bump some past threads with links on finishing seams.

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Date: 3/9/13 10:39 AM

I can't locate my all time favorite from Threads, but this link shows some simple sewn finishes, Machine Sewn Seam Finishes.

If you opt for a machine sewn finish you can reinforce your loosely woven fabric by applying a narrow strip of light weight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the cut seam edge before you apply the sewn seam edge finish.

Finishing the raw edge would be a first step for me. Preshrink the interfacing before you use it unless you have purchased from a reliable source that indicates you don't need to do that. When you fuse it to the fabric, let it lay flat - do not stretch it.

Practice on scraps first. My machine has a lovely overcast stitch - your machine may have a nice stitch that will work well for this type of finish.

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