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Sewing School Lesson 3

Lesson 3 – Sewing School – Overcasting a Raw Edge and Pressing Open a Seam

We are progressing right along in our sewing school.  Video 3 is HERE.  When you sew you should have no “raw” edges in your project.  So today we are learning how to “overcast” the edge using a zig-zag stitch.  Of course if you have a serger this can be accomplished quickly, but many people do not own a serger.  This method of overcasting the edge is a GREAT alternative.  There are other ways to finish and edge and we will discuss some of those later such as French Seams.  Our goal is to have the most professional looking outcome we can and overcasting is one of the best alternatives to a serger.

The other skill we are learning is how to press a seam open.  I know … ironing, YUCK!  I agree, but in sewing to have a nice professional result you must do a bit of ironing.

We are moving right along and our next lesson will be on fabrics for beginners.  Happy Sewing – Cindy

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2 Responses to Lesson 3 – Sewing School – Overcasting a Raw Edge and Pressing Open a Seam

  1. Bobbie July 4, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    I agree, I don’t like to iron either. In sewing and quilting it is a must. A finished edge always looks professional. I have used the zig-zag stitch for years, I have never had a serger.
    Want one though.

    • Cindy July 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

      Hi Bobbie,
      It might be almost universal that people don’t like to iron!! I SO agree with you that it is so important in sewing and quilting. I got my first really nice serger about a year ago and I enjoy it so much. I’ve been sewing for 40+ years so I’m blessed to finally get one! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Happy Sewing – Cindy