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seams for kids clothing
without using an overlocker

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#1 Chazonator

Posted 19 December 2012 - 04:23 PM


I just recently posted a topic about my Janome 419s sewing machine and how id like to find a stitch which could be used instead of an overlocker.

Can anyone recommend some different seams e.g. french or flat fell which might be useful in keeping garments together especially ones which my sons would wear? and also ones for babies clothing as most material would be light weight this time of year.


#2 akkiandmalli

Posted 19 December 2012 - 04:28 PM

before my mum got an overlocker she used to zig zag the seams then put a normal straight stitch this is all in the inside though.

#3 HRH Countrymel

Posted 19 December 2012 - 04:34 PM

Just do a french seam.

I have an overlocker but I still french seam things that are important!

#4 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:34 PM

Depends on the fabric.

If it's sheer, really lightweight or frays a lot, I will do a french seam.

For most fabrics, I find zig zag works well.

I have got into the habit of using bias binding around a lot of arm hole seams.  Very easy, finishes it off nicely.

#5 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:54 PM

Yes I second the french and bias tips, I love using bias and often grab a few meters of nice fabric with tiny designs to make my own, I also use it on hems for DDs skirts or any dress I sell, it is a pretty way to finish off I think

#6 ~shannon~

Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:33 PM


This is a good tutorial on French seams.

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