Seam Finishes Using a Straight Stitch Sewing Machine

Last updated on October 17th, 2021 at 02:01 pm

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I hear it all the time,  “I have to have  zigzag stitch to finish seams”.  Although you can use a zigzag stitch to prevent a seam from raveling, it’s far from the only good option.

I’m pretty sure that many articles of clothing were made and worn long before home sewing machines were sold with a zigzag stitch, and I’m pretty sure that these clothes didn’t routinely fall apart in the wash. 

I was perusing one of my vintage sewing publications, and discovered a wonderful section on seam options and finishes for a straight stitch sewing machine. 

Read More: 4 Professional Ways to finish Seams Without a Serger Machine

So, I scanned the section about the various seam  and seam finish options using only a straight stitch. I converted these pages into a PRINTABLE PDF to share with everyone on my blog.  

The book is from 1934 and  published by the SPOOL COTTON COMPANY.  Today, the company is addressed as Coats & Clark.   Click on the cover image to download the file. 

Credit – Jenny @ sew classic