How and When to Use a Clean Seam Finish

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Sew 1/4" to 1/8" from the raw edge on the seam allowance. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

Clean Finish Seam Finish

A clean finish is simple straight stitching to create a seam finish. This seam finish can be a simple line of stitching to prevent fraying beyond that stitching. It may be also be combined with a pinked seam finish or a sewn under edge. The final method is what ever will work best to prevent the fabric from fraying in the laundry. The fabric weave is the deciding factor.

How to Create a Clean Finish

  • Treat each seam allowance separately.
  • Sew 1/4" to 1/8" from the raw edge on the seam allowance. (1)
  • Use pinking shears beyond the row  of stitching if desired to prevent fraying. (2)

Optional for Fraying Fabric

  • Press under the raw edge along the sewn line.
  • Stitch the pressed under edge into place. (3)
  • Press the completed seam and seam finish.