Tutorial - How To Start & Finish Seams Invisibly

My Kids Clothes Week progress is slow. So, today I wanted to show you a favourite technique of mine.

Sometimes, I just detest the look of backstitching. My auto backstitch feature is usually my best buddy, but sometimes on visible seams such as a hem, backstitching is unsightly.

This is how I finish those seams.


  • Sew the seam without backstitching, starting and stopping as close together as you can. Dont worry if you are about a stitch length away, it wont be noticable. Make sure you leave nice long tail threads.
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  • Tie a knot with the two threads, do this on both sides.
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  • Once securely knotted, thread the needle with the tails.
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  • Getting as close as you can to the knot, even just underneath it with the needle, go in between the two layers of the hem and come up a few inches away.
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  •  Gently tug the knot, so it pulls under the fabric.
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  • Cut the thread, close to the fabric.
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  • Wriggle it a bit, and the tiny bit of thread will disappear. Leaving you with a beautifully invisible seam start/finish.
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Here I did this on both sides individually. You also can bring all of the threads to one side, knot them and hide them all at once. Really, it's up to you.

I especially love this technique when top stitching a bucket hat.

I'm certain this little trick has been around FOREVER, and many of you already know it. But you guys realise I am writing for the few that don't, right?  :)

My sewing progress this week hasn't been so great. How is everyone else coming along with KCW?
If your not sewing for your kids this week, what are you sewing? Could you apply this seam finish?
x

10 comments:

  1. Great tip! Thanks for sharing. My KCW sewing was slow this week until yesterday when I made three pairs of pj pants using your pattern.

    I adjusted the pattern to fit my eldest who is a size 7. They turned out perfect.

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  2. Wonderful tip! The only things I'd add is that, before you cut your thread, if you'll pull it a little tight so the fabric ripples/puckers a little bit, then cut close to the fabric, you won't have to wiggle the fabric afterwards to get the thread hidden. Also, even though I never do, if you're worried about the knots coming out, you can add a dab of Fray Check or something similar. :)

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  3. Oh it does look sew much better...bad pun intended

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  4. I didn't know this. I will try to do this for my future projects.

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  5. That was super helpful. Thanks!

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  6. How did I not see this when you first posted it?? Awesome!

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  7. What a great little tip! I just always back stitched- sometimes more carefully than others ;). Sometimes I just run over the previous stitch-carefully.
    This would be great on the bucket hats!!
    See, such a great blog you have here!

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