One Seam Wrap Shrug
Super quick and easy 3-thread edge serge finish
By: Christine Jonson
This technique works especially well for light to medium weight sweater knits where a traditional hem is not best. This wrap (One Seam Wrap from #1117) has only one seam that needs to be stitched for the underarm/sleeve. Once that is sewn the rest of the work is the edge stitching or rolled hem.
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Here's what you need:
3 cones of thread
1/8" bias fusible seam tape
Rolled hem foot and plate
I paired the One Seam Wrap with my Ruched Skirt (free pattern in the tips & how-to) made with black rayon jersey and the Keyhole Top (sleeveless and without keyhole) made with a wonderful textured knit from my stash. (Photo 1)
I changed the plate and foot on my serger for a rolled hem and did a few test samples to achieve the perfect stitch. (Photo 3)
I cut the 1/4" bias tape in half because I only need it to be as wide at the rolled edge and don't want it to show on the wrong side. You can use fusible interfacing cut on the bias for this step as well. (Photo 4)
Carefully press the bias tape along the edge of the wrap on the wrong side. (Photo 5)
Press all the way around... (Photo 6)
Edge serge on the right side of the fabric without cutting any fabric off. I flip the knife up and out of the way to be sure. (Photo 7)
I control how thick the thread is on the edge of the fabric by pulling it slightly with my left hand as I guide the fabric with both hands.