How To Finish A Seam The Neat Way - Best Sewing Tips

Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are you just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Let's have a look at the how-to.

Check out this sewing tip that will make your projects look way more professional! 
Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!

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This is an easy sewing tutorial to help you secure and hide your thread ends when topstitching. Not just when there's a right and wrong side (and nobody cares about how bulky the finish is on a wrong side, right?) It's for those projects where there are TWO RIGHT SIDES, both visible.

It's like with sewn bookmarks, or memory cards, or zipper ends, DIY fabric gift bags (totally popular now!), and tons of other projects. Let's make it easy, see how:

How To Finish A Top-Stitching Seam Neatly - On BOTH Sides


When you want no ugly thread tail visible on either side of your topstitching. Hidden below the surface! Invisible!

Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!


TWO VERSIONS HERE:
I'm presenting two versions here: the first one, when the top thread and the bobbin tread are different in color (and finishing them off together could be visible) - and the second, easier version, when both the top thread and bobbin thread are identical (scroll down to see that).

VERSION 1: Front And Back with Different Thread Colors


When you've finished topstitching around a sewn item, you'll get 4 threads. Like here:

Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!
Since the top thread and bobbin thread are very different colors, we'll need to work with one color at the time. Let's take the two WHITE thread tails here. (They are my top thread, so they are both on top of the piece already.)

If you have all your 4 thread tails in the same color, scroll down to see a simplified version.

Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!
1) First, to secure the stitch, tie off a simple knot with the two white tails - close to the fabric, a millimeter away or so. This knot will be small enough to be buried into the top layer (it's not even visible in the photo above). Then, shorten the two threads (here white) to the length of 4-5 inch (10-12 cm).


*On a side note, the same will be done with the two red threads, just from the opposite side of the sewn item.

Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!
2) You don't want to cut it clean here, as a tiny thread tail would be showing. We want to prevent that. Instead, thread your tails on a needle (I sometimes use a needle threader to make it easier):


Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!
3) Insert the tip of the needle into the very point where your knot is coming from. (or very, very close to it!)


Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!
4) While keeping it between the two layers, run the needle an inch between the layers. Then push the needle out on the front side again - one inch away from where you started. Like in the image above.


Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!
5) Pull the thread through.


Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!
6) When you're through, pull gently on the thread, until you see the knot disappear into the fabric.


Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!
7)While still holding the thread and slightly pulling it, snip off the thread close to the fabric. 


Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!
8) The thread tail has disappeared, no sign of the knot. Congrats on your pro-looking topstitching!



VERSION B: when both thread colors are identical.


Finishing off topstitching thread ends gets even easier here. It's for projects where the front and the back side are of the same color, thus both the top thread and the bobbin thread are identical. You'll work with all the 4 threads at the same time:


1)  First, pull all your thread tails to one side of the fabric. Then tie off a simple knot with all 4 tails at once - close to the fabric, a millimeter away or so. This knot should be small enough to be later buried into the top layer.

Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!

2) Then, shorten the threads to the length of 4-5 inch (10-12 cm) and thread the 4 tails on a needle, using a needle threader to make it easier.


3) Insert the tip of the needle very close to your knot and run the needle an inch between the layers. Then push the needle out on the front side again - one inch away from where you started. Like here:
Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!

4) Pull the thread through. Tug gently on the thread, until you see the knot disappear in the fabric.

Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!

5) While still holding the thread, snip off the thread close to the fabric. 

Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!

6) Done! A nice topstitching on a simple fabric bookmark.


I hope this sewing tip will be useful, and help you achieve professional topstitching results on your sewing projects. 


Happy sewing!




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Learn how to finish a seam the neat way. Are just finishing a topstitching, and you'd like BOTH of your project sides look clean and polished and without any visible thread tails? Not just the 'top' side, the wrong one too? Totally doable, even easy! Check it out now!


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