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No serger? No problem! Hiding your seams is simpler than you think. At Indygo Junction, we dig these quick and easy techniques for concealing raw edges on a sewing project. Put down the pinking shears and try one of our three methods to ditch a visible stitch for a professional-grade product.

Bias tape: Slip a strip of bias binding over a raw edge and topstitch on the fold for a polished finish. This method works well for unlined handbags and garments, like our Midtown Trench (IJ866), on which inside-facing seams are easily exposed.

Hem tape: Hide a seam with this iron-on adhesive, which you can fuse directly over hemmed or flat edges. Try it on dresses, tunics and cowls.

French seams: This technique, showcased on our Lucy & June Apron (IJ824) and our All-Day Apron (IJ873), encloses the seam allowance with a soft edge. A French seam is created when the seam is first stitched on the right side of the fabric and then turned in and stitched on the wrong side to bind the raw edge. Download our Indygo Junction French Seam instructions. Say "no more!" to scratchy, jagged, fraying or unsightly edges, and say yes to secure, streamlined seams. Ready? Set? Sew!

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Betty F. on

Aprons are always useful for more than just cooking and baking. These are the exact design for me

Sandy Mers on

love you site! have been reading and learning for quite a while now! Thanks for all the tips to make everyone a better stitcher!

Sheryl Myers on

I have really enjoyed the information that you share. The aprons take me back to my childhood when I seldom saw my mother in a dress without an apron. I cannot recall the dresses, but I do remember the aprons. There are a couple of your patterns that are very similar to my mom’s favorite style. Thank you for sharing.

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