I am always trying to make my sewing better, and I was wondering how everyone else finishes their seams.
I'm really wanting a better finish than the raw edge, and while I have recently been using my sewing machine's zigzag stitch I am not convince it is the best finish.
It totally depends on what I'm making. In a lot of instances, a zig-zag is a perfectly nice finish. I use my serger to overlock a lot of seams. When I want to make something really pretty, I might use French seams, and/or bias tape (for curved or bulkier seams). For sportswear, I also like to use flat felled seams.
When I line a garment, I sometimes don't do anything at all to the seams. If the fabric is prone to fraying, though, I'll either zig-zag the edges or overlock the edges before I even start constructing the garment. I have also used pinking shears to finish seams in lined garments. I don't do that in unlined garments.
Take a look at some of your nicer ready-to-wear and see how the seams are treated there. Also, experiment! :)
I use my serger the majority of the time.. Sometimes I zig zag..just depends on what I'm making and how I want it to look??
and to tell off on my laziness..... sometimes if I happen to have the wrong color thread on my serger...and the garment is like a dark solid color...I will zig zag ,because I dont want to change the thread colors..ha
I have a brother 834.. It is old, I have had it for years..but works great..