Faux-Serged Seam Finish for Knit Fabrics in 5 Easy Steps!

I love sewing with knit fabrics but I know they can seem intimidating to some us of, especially when you don’t own or use a serger to finish off your seams. No fear! I’m going to share a quick and easy way to get a seam finish that is similar to using a serger and all you need is your sewing machine and the zig zag stitch! Let’s begin:

Step one:

Here is my 3/8″ (roughly 1 cm) seam allowance, as you can see I’ve used a smaller zig zag stitch to sew up my side seams as per the pattern instructions.

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 Step 2:

Snip your seam allowance in half.

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Step 3:

Using your zig-zag stitch at the widest setting and a stitch length of about 3 (or whatever suits you!) position you fabric under the presser foot and just test out your stitch (manually) and make sure that when your needle goes to the left, it comes down right beside the farthest part of your original seam.

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Then move your needle (manually) to the right and make sure that the needle falls just outside of your fabric.

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Step 4:

Start stitching away, don’t forget to backstitch in the beginning and go slowly at first if you need to.

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Stop and check to see if it’s coming along nicely, you want to make sure that the thread catches the ends of your fabric, think of it as “left stitch on the fabric, right stitch off the fabric” (I just realized that I didn’t snip all my stray threads off…lol).

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Step 5:

Finish it off! Voila!

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How easy was that?! Now you try and keep on delaying that serger purchase you’ve been mulling over in your head (be honest we’ll all cave in one day!).

As always feel free to share your own tips and tricks for sewing with knit fabrics, the more the better :)

Peace,

Salma

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5 thoughts on “Faux-Serged Seam Finish for Knit Fabrics in 5 Easy Steps!

  1. your seam looks beautiful indeed!

    I will say though, that despite my being inexperienced, I definitely don’t regret splurging on my serger when I picked up sewing again, as I’m learning to incorporate the serger on beginner projects while I simultaneously brush up on my sewing skills… since EVERYTHING is new and scary, it doesn’t seem any more intimidating than anything else, that way ^__^

    • Thank you symondezyn! You inexperienced?! I don’t think so! I absolutely loved your blue chiffon blouse! At the moment I can’t decide if I should splurge on a bunch of new machine feet or a serger (although something tells me sooner or later I’ll just get them both lol)

      • Ahh you saw that did you? That was actually my very first project I’d ever used a serger on! Thank you for the compliment, it is so sweet of you – I am indeed inexperienced, but I have a tendency to jump in the deep end with projects that are beyond my skill level, so I’m often quite scared! LOL

        My mum and I both tossed around the idea of getting different feet for our machines before ultimately deciding on the serger – we both knew we were gonna cave eventually so we figured why delay the inevitable? :P LOL

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