A clean finish is a great way to nicely finish seams without a zigzag stitch or a serger. It looks nice and professional also. It can only be done with medium to light weight fabrics or else it gets too bulky. It does take longer so I only do it on nice skirts or jackets that I don’t want to line.
First, sew a 5/8″ seam.
How to Sew a Clean Finish
Iron it open.
How to Sew a Clean Finish
Trim each side to 1/2″.
How to Sew a Clean Finish
Fold ends under towards the seam and iron.
How to Sew a Clean Finish
It should look like this. It will have creases at 1/4″. Don’t worry if it doesn’t stay folded.
How to Sew a Clean Finish
Making sure you’re only sewing on the seam allowance, sew 1/8″ from the fold. You’re sewing the fold down.
How to Sew a Clean Finish
One side done
How to Sew a Clean Finish
Flip over and sew the other side.
How to Sew a Clean Finish
The is what the underside of the fold looks like.
How to Sew a Clean Finish
Iron open, and there you have it.
How to Sew a Clean Finish
Now what happens when you sew it to another piece of fabric?
How to Sew a Clean Finish
Pin to the corresponding piece. Pin the clean finished seams open.
How to Sew a Clean Finish
Sew the seam.
How to Sew a Clean Finish
The sewn seam.
How to Sew a Clean Finish
The clean finish looks nice when kept open and keeps the bulk from building up.
How to Sew a Clean Finish

Would you use a clean finish to finish seam edges?

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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2 thoughts on “How to Sew a Clean Finish

  1. Whoa. What an awesome blog you have here! I always have grand intentions of putting together tutorials but get sidetracked by my neck project!

    Just a guess, did you go to BYU-I? I was University Studies with a minor in Clothing Construction and I don't think any other school uses that term 😉

    Posted on March 18, 2011 at 8:03 am
  2. This looks great and I think I would use it for light fabrics; however, thicker fabrics might have too much bulk at the seams, especially if you are matching seams. I just have a regular old sewing machine, so more than 4 thicknesses would probably be a problem for me.

    Posted on March 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm