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Thread: Overcast stitch vs 1/4" seam allowance

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    Senior Member Bubblegum0077's Avatar
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    I just have to ask the board members if anyone uses an overcast stitch instead of the traditional 1/4" seam allowance.

    I think the overcast stitch is cleaner and stronger and less likely to shred, but I haven't thought of it till just now. I mean I just stopped sewing a strip of fabric to post this question.

    Now I can only imagine that some of those seams that actually need to lay flat rather than pressed to the side would mean I would need to use the 1/4" seam allowance. Would there be less bulk if I were to use the overcast stitch? or would that stitch create more bulk?

    Your thoughts are welcomed

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    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
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    There are some patterns designed for sergers.

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    I would worry about bulk. I've never tried it though so I could be wrong.

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    I really don't have an answer but....try it on a piece of scrap and find out! Then come back and report your findings! lol

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    An overcast stitch would be slower to sew, would add additional thread to the seam, and would be harder to un-sew if a mistake is made. I don't always know that I will want to press a seam open, so pre-planning which piecing stitch to use would not always work for me.

    The only advantage I can see to using an overcast stitch to piece is that it might reduce loose threads in the seams. A machine straight stitch is plenty strong enough for piecing -- no need to make the piecing stitch stronger than that.

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    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
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    I use it on denim quilts that will be tied.

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    i've serged outterinding edges b4 b

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    Power Poster lynnie's Avatar
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    i've serged outter edge b4 binding

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    I think Kaye Woods has a whole book out on quilt piecing with a serger.

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