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Zig zagging seam allowances

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    purlknitpurl @purlknitpurl

    Hi there: I’m wondering if anyone knows of a good tutorial (or if Liesel would like to post something on the Oliver and S blog:) fully explaining how to produce a nice looking zig zagged finished seam allowance? I am never sure how wide my zig zag should be?

    Would love to hear your wisdom on this!

    Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this!


    with love Heidi @with love Heidi

    I always us the biggest zigzag width with the stitch length set on 2 (this is my regular stitch length, it only goes up to 4). I don’t use it very often nowadays as I have an over locker but growing up we used this on everything.

    paula @paula

    I am very new to sewing, so I am not sure if my advice is worth much, but I’ve been trimming my seam allowances to 1/4 inch then set my zig zag so that it catches the seam on one side and the fabric edge on the other. I manually move the needle for the first two stitches to make sure I’m on track.

    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Whereas I zigzag first and trim later. horses for courses! (max stitch width but a bit shorter stitch than my normal sewing)

    With lightweight fabrics I find the standard zigzag stitch causes the seam allowance to pucker, so I use a zigzag stitch that does a few stitches to the zig then a couple to the zag (if that makes sense) as it keeps everything lying flat.

    French seams are lovely and I now try to find a way to do them whenever I can. Sure beats zigzagging

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