Last week was class #4, and class meets five times. So we only have one more meeting! I’m already a bit sad for my class to end…but right now, it’s not over yet.
I’d planned for the day to be a sewing day, and had a loose plan to demo seam finishes. I’d planned to make a bunch of samples and bring them to class, but I must admit – my schedule is starting to get to me. I work two part time jobs totalling 45+ hours a week, not including travel time between them, plus this weekly class. Including my teaching night, I now work three doubles in a row each week. That’s three days in a row where I work from 830am until 9 or 930pm. It’s only thirteen hours, but it feels like forever!
Anyway, because of my crazy schedule, I did not have the samples made up in advance – but I did show the class several ways to finish seam allowances using student scraps and sewing machine. My teaching takeaway from this? Prepare all of my planned samples and handouts before the class even runs, and then I’ll have time during the teaching phase to make impromptu handouts and samples. I suppose another takeaway is to work less, but when you don’t finish college your options are either marry rich or work your tail off. If only I could do age 19 all over again…
But you know what I can do again? Those seam finish samples! Here they are below, in case you were looking for ways to neaten your seams that don’t involve purchasing or using a serger. Finishing seam allowances on the sewing machine is one of my passions! I believe everyone should know how to do this. And for all that serged seams are touted as ‘professional’ and ‘neat’ – I defy anyone to turn up their nose at the beauty of a flat felled or bound seam, or deny the clean simplicity of pinking. <3
stitched and pinked:
turned and stitched:
There are also bias bound and Hong Kong finishes, rolled finishes (by machine or hand), and more! The end result of all of them is that seams don’t fray or lose integrity through wearing and washing. Some seams are flatter, faster, or simpler than others, but they all work well. I can vouch personally for all of the seam finishes presented in these samples, as I’ve used them all many times. Why? Because when I learned to sew, taking the time to finish my seams in creative ways was the true mark of a garment made with love, and an easy way to express my love for myself. What could be more body positive?