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So I'm sewing all my Christmas presents this year. I'm still mostly a beginner at sewing (hence all my questions here!), but I am getting better, and I really liked the idea of giving everyone something handmade.

I'm making this shopping bag I made in a sewing class a few years ago. It's a really useful bag, I use mine all the time, and I have tons of cute fabric already that I can use. I think everyone will really love them, and I hope they'll be forgiving of the small mistakes I'm making.

Anyway, here's my question. The directions on the handout from the class say to finish the bag I sew the two halves together and then use an overcast stitch to finish the seams. I couldn't remember what overcasting was, so when I have questions like this I look to my (amazing!) learn-to-sew book. It just explained how to do it if you're sewing by hand, but I knew in the class we used a machine for everything.

So I googled how to overcast with a machine, and the tutorial I found on a sewing blog said you should be using an overcast foot, which I don't have. I'm really broke right now from all the Christmas expenses this month so I'd rather not be buying something else if I can help it. Is it possible to overcast without an overcast foot? If not, is there some other good way I can finish these seams? The ways I've finished seams before have always been ways you can only do if the seam is at the edge of the fabric, not if it's contained within two parts like it will be with this bag.


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Dec. 7th, 2016 04:08 am (UTC)
As long as you have the basic foot your machine came with you should be able to do any number of overcast seams. Just make sure that the needle doesn't go wider than the opening of the foot and you'll be fine.
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:31 am (UTC)
Great, thanks!
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:07 pm (UTC)
I think it depends on the machine. My sewing machine is computerized and wont let me sew certain stitches without the right foot.
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Dec. 8th, 2016 09:36 am (UTC)
The seams are attaching the two halves of the bag together, so they will be getting a lot of wear.
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