How to join woven fabric with a hand sewn seam

Here is what I found. Add your resources, ideas, and questions on this topic.


1. Graphic image showing stitching through selvedge loops:


2. Graphic image of stitching through selvedge, not using the loops


3. Article about different methods - hidden seam and decorative seams


4. Weavolution group discussion:


5. Book with more details you may own or borrow from your library. Reminder: Even though your library may not have a copy, they can get one from another library. Once I needed info from a library across the Atlantic Ocean. They would not send the book, but they did send photocopies of the 2 pages I needed.

Inventive Weaving On A Little Loom by Syne Mitchell - page 274





The flat felled seam seems to be a popular one for handwovens.  On my cowl scarves, I've been working on this seam - it is tidy and not terribly difficult.  This link is to a youtube video demonstrating this seam.

To be honest, though, I wish I had a serger for my cut edges.  I do both a zigzag and, on top, a straight sewn line, prior to cutting, and on both sides.  I'm looking forward to learning how others work with their handwoven, and to the support provided by this great group.


I really, really like that cover, ReedGuy. Such a pretty method to join the 2 pieces. I searched the stitch name. Colette's bog is for sewers, but it describes how to do this join.



In another group I mentioned that I finished my pocket edges by weaving the fringe back into the fabric. Francine suggested using the same method as a structural join.

I do not know if it is necessary in this case, but I do a weaver's hemstitch on any ends that will not have a knot to secure the weft.

With a blunt needle, weave each fringe end into the other fabric.

Photo of using this method as an edge finish is on my Pouch project page:

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