Seam finishes are part of the inside story of a well made garment. Many sewing books have illustrations of the well known seam finishes. A guide that has photographs of exactly how each finish will look when completed is even better.
The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has just published a new booklet of instructions for finishing a variety of seams. Clear photographs of each finish are included. A variety of techniques are presented that include hand sewing, machine sewing (zig-zag for example) and serging.
I recommend downloading this file as part of your Dressmaker’s Library even if you already have a few sewing books on hand. It’s always possible to pick up a new approach or a few tips from a different source.
“Seams and Seam Finishes”
by Linda Heaton and Marjorie M. Baker, Textiles and Clothing
Cooperative Extension Service
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Lexington, KY 40546
Issued March 2014
URL to download: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/fcs2/fcs2304/fcs2304.pdf