Research: Seams and Hems

Seam Finishes

Plain Seam Used on fabrics which do not fray and garments which do not require finishing
Fabrics: Stable knits and bonded fabrics 

French SeamUsed for unlined garments with delicate fabrics. Prevents fraying and gives a neat, professional finish
Fabrics: Lightweight woven and sheer fabrics 
Zig Zag SeamA very versatile and widely used. Prevents fraying and can also be used to reduce bulk in knits.
Fabrics: This method can be used on most fabrics.

Hem Finishes

Overlocked Hem Used to make the hem less bulky
Fabrics: Light to medium weight fabrics with a tendency to fray 
Bias Bound HemUsed for neatening and decorating (such as contrast hems)
Fabrics: This method can be used on most fabrics.
Double-Folded HemA very versatile hem which is used to enclose the raw edge of the fabric.
Fabrics: Light to medium weight fabrics, as it can add bulk in heavier weight fabrics.

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