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thistles
Posted 2010-03-24 8:10 PM (#61798)
Subject: Seam puckering



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Hello everyone,

I make a lot of knee length sundresses.  After sewing the side seams, I trim the seam allowances to about 1/4" and finish them together with a stitch on my sewing machine that is like a serger stitch (it's called double overedge).  Sometimes I get a little seam puckering on the skirt side seams.  It's not a big deal, but I was wondering if this is because I am "serging" the allowances together as opposed to finishing them separately.

Just curious, and thanks for the input!



Edited by thistles 2010-03-24 8:28 PM

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sewsally
Posted 2010-03-24 10:13 PM (#61799 - in reply to #61798)
Subject: RE: Seam puckering



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You might want to loosen the tension for the overedge stitch or use a wash away stabilizer. Or try another stitch length and width.

Edited by sewsally 2010-03-24 10:15 PM
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2010-03-25 5:52 AM (#61801 - in reply to #61798)
Subject: RE: Seam puckering



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For a skirt or side seams on pants I leave the SA full width and finish each edge separately.

Depending on the fabric - especially a light fabric I would just use a small ziz zag on each side or maybe good old fashioned pinking sheers.

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Olwynmary
Posted 2010-03-25 6:52 AM (#61803 - in reply to #61801)
Subject: RE: Seam puckering


Sometimes a synthetic fiber fabric will pucker at the seams for no apparent reason (probably something to do with tension or pressure). I find the way to avoid this is to sew my sideseams with a very narrow zigzag, just as I would on knits. This usually solves the problem. As for finishing, unless it is very ravelly fabric I usually either don't bother for something like a simple sundress, or else I just a do single wider zigzag or even a row of stay stitch on the cut edges,

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans,
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rowena___.
Posted 2010-03-25 7:27 AM (#61806 - in reply to #61798)
Subject: RE: Seam puckering



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try shortening the stitch length to put more thread in the seam.


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thistles
Posted 2010-03-25 10:03 AM (#61810 - in reply to #61806)
Subject: RE: Seam puckering



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Thank you for all the helpful suggestions.  I didn't even think of the tension.  Duh!
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