NeedlesThread • Machines

How To Finish Silk Seams

by Kelsi Watts: One option is to use a serger or overlock machine to finish the seams. This will create a clean, professional-looking finish and will also help to prevent the fabric from unraveling.

To do this, simply sew the seam as you normally would, using a straight or zigzag stitch. Then, use the serger to trim the seam allowance and enclose the raw edges of the fabric.

Another option is to use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to finish the seams. This will help to prevent the fabric from unraveling and will give the seams a clean, finished look.

To do this, sew the seam as usual, using a straight stitch. Then, go back over the seam with a zigzag stitch, making sure to catch the seam allowance in the zigzag.

You can also use a special seam finish, such as seam binding or bias tape, to cover the raw edges of the fabric and give the seams a polished look. To do this, simply fold the seam finish over the raw edge of the fabric and sew it in place, using a straight or zigzag stitch.

No matter which method you choose, be sure to use a needle and thread that are suitable for silk fabric. This will help to prevent the fabric from tearing or fraying, and will ensure that your seams are strong and durable.


Explore the Top Rated Sewing Machine Needles for ideas and suggestions.

Best sewing needles to use with silk

Typically, silk fabric, and other lightweight fabrics, require a smaller needle such as a 60/8, 70/10 or 80/12. 70/10 needles work well with your fine silk and chiffon while 80/12 needles are best for medium weight silk.

How to finish silk seams

The best machine quilting stitch length

The best stitch length for machine quilting is 2.5 to 3.0 which will give you 8 to 12 stitches per inch. Adjust your stitch length based on fabric thickness and weight, Stronger fabrics often require fewer stitches per inch but pieces with heavy padding require more.

Properly setting sewing machine tension

A 4.5 sewing machine tension setting is the default position for normal straight-stitch sewing. 4.5 is suitable for most fabrics, however, if you perform any stitch that requires width, like a zig zag stitch, you may find the tension is too tight.

Conversely, fine threads may require less tension in order to prevent thread breaking.

How to tell the difference between sewing needles

Larger needles have a smaller number while smaller needles have a higher number. Example, a size 18 needle is thicker and longer than a size 24, which is shorter. To discover which you like best try a variety of brands, types, and sizes until you find one you are most comfortable using.

Best stitch length to stitch in the ditch

To lock your quilting pieces together securely the best stitch length to stitch in the ditch with is 1.5mm. Several layers of stitching will ensure you don't end up with a hole in your quilt and 1.5mm is sufficient to keep your pieces together tightly.

The best sewing machine needles

Embroidery needles vs sewing needles

Embroidery needles have larger eyes than regular sewing needles to accommodate embroidery thread. The sharp tips on embroidery needles penetrate tightly woven fabric and felt better. Embroidery needles, sometimes called crewel needles, are used for crewel embroidery

Sewing machine needles to use (and when)

The larger the needle number, the larger the blade of that needle. Both needle sizing numbers are typically marked on the package, such as 60/8 and 70/10. Home sewing machine needles are classified as 130/705 H system, which means they should be used in home sewing machines rather than industrial machines.

Different sizes of sewing machine needles

The numbers on sewing machine needle packages represent the thickness of the fabric you are able to sew with those specific needles. The larger the number, the thicker the fabric you can sew. Conversely, smaller needles are for sewing finer fabrics.

Inspiration via threadsmagazine.com. "Align the strip with one seam allowance raw edge, and sew a 1/4-inch seam allowance. For precision edges, try a special presser foot designed for sewing 1/4-inch seam allowances.

Wrap the strip to the underside of the seam allowance, and pin it in place. Stitch-in-the ditch along the strip seam to finish.".

Next Up On SewPub.com

© 2021 by SewPub, All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy