We members of the Japanese Hippie Doomsday Cult need to be resourceful as we work on garments from Happy Homemade Sew Chic. We have to improvise! We have to experiment! We have to make do!
Most of the patterns in the book call for “neatening” the raw edges, which is a nice way to say “serge them.” If you don’t have a serger, what then?
You can use this presser foot with a variety of stitches. Thre’s an overedge stitch that sews a straight stitch and a zig-zag. There’s also a stitch that sews a straight stitch and a chevron-shaped double row of zig-zags. I am using this stitch for my Double-cuff Bermuda Shorts, since linen frays like there’s no tomorrow. (OK, we’re in a doomsday cult, so there really might be no tomorrow, but this is just a figure of speech, m’kay?)
My machine also has an “overcasting” foot that does a long straight stitch, a zig-zag and a tiny straight stitch at the very edge of the fabric. It’s worth playing around with these stitches if you don’t have a serger. Or, as I did for the Dress with Front Tuck, try some old-fashioned seam finishes such as French seams, for lightweight fabric, or flat-fell seams for heavier fabrics, like denim.