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How to do a Stitched and Pinked Seam Finish

WHAT IS IT?

A pinked (page link) seam finish is a quick and simple edge finish made using pinking shears. Pinking shears are special scissors that cut with a zigzag pattern. Use the shears to cut along the edge to be finished and the edge is finished!

Pinked edge

Pinked edge

Stitched-and-pinked edge

Stitched-and-pinked edge

WHEN DO YOU USE IT?

This is a good seam finish for lightweight woven fabrics that won’t fray. You’ll often see this seam finish recommended in vintage sewing patterns, but it’s not used as frequently in modern sewing patterns. It’s great on tightly woven fabrics like cotton, when you want a quick and simple edge finish.

Tips + Notes

  • Before pinking the seam allowances on your project, cut on a piece of scrap fabric to make sure the pinking won’t fray excessively. If it does, choose a different seam finish.
  • If you are having trouble pinking your edges, cut with strong, quick motions. Practice on scrap fabric to get comfortable with the pinking shears.

HOW TO DO A PINKED SEAM FINISH

How to do a Pinked Seam Finish (1)

Sew the seam with a standard 5⁄8″ (1.5cm) seam allowance, and press the seam allowances open.

How to do a Pinked Seam Finish (2)

With the pinking shears, trim the edges of the seam allowances. With each cut, line up the blades with the zigzag pattern so the pattern isn’t interrupted.

HOW TO DO A STITCHED-AND-PINKED SEAM FINISH

For extra stability, use a stitched-and-pinked seam finish in place of a pinked seam finish. This is also good for lightweight woven fabrics, but in the event that the fabric frays, the line of stitching will stop the fraying from traveling into the seam.

How to do a Stitched-and-pinked Seam Finish (1)

Just like the pinked seam finish, sew the seam with a standard 5⁄8″ (1.5cm) seam allowance, and press the seam allowances open.

How to do a Stitched-and-pinked Seam Finish (2)

Arrange your piece so the garment layers are all to the left and only the seam allowance layer is underneath the presser foot. With a regular machine stitch, sew down the middle of each seam allowance, about ¼” (6mm) from the seam line.

How to do a Stitched-and-pinked Seam Finish (3)

Trim the seam allowances with the pinking shears. Stay close to the line of machine stitching

Source : The Sewtionary An A to Z Guide to 101 Sewing Techniques + Definitions
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