How to finish Your Seams with the Overlocker/Side Cutter Foot

Let's talk seam finishing.  Why do we finish seams? It's an important step in sewing--unfinished seams lead to fraying which can weaken your hard work.  There are several ways to finish seams so that your garment is comfortable to wear, and will last a long time--and only one of these options includes buying a serger!

If you're new to garment sewing, start with the tools you have--pinking shears or your own machine.  After sewing your seam, use your pinking shears cut the seam allowance by about half.  The zigzag cut will keep your fabric from fraying.

Likewise, you can use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine. After sewing the seam, press the seam open, and zigzag stitch the length of each seam allowance. If your machine has an "overlocker" stitch feature (and many do), you can also use this.  

You can also use a special overlocker/side cutter foot that mimics a serger.    The difference between using the overlocker or zigzag stitch and doing the same with the overlocker foot, is that the foot actually has an attached blade to cut the excess fabric, thereby eliminating the seam bulk.

Our Side Cutter foot comes in a low shank or a snap on version. 

Here's a short video demonstrating our overlocker/side cutter foot.



2 Responses

Dale McLamb

Dale McLamb

June 01, 2023

Will this foot work on all machines? How did I know if I have a low shank or not

Mickie John

Mickie John

April 13, 2021

Would love to a place on your emails that would take me directly to shopping so that I can see all of your products. It seems like the only way I can do that is by going to your web page and requesting a certain item. Sometimes I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for. You have some wonderfully innovative products such as the serger foot. I have a serger but it would be wonderful for anyone who does not have one. I enjoy receiving your emails and reviewing all the items that you sell.

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