Hong Kong seam

Hong Kong seam

In sewing, a Hong Kong seam or Hong Kong finish is a home sewing term [Schaeffer p. 212] for a type of bound seam in which each raw edge of the seam allowance is separately encased in a fabric binding. In couture sewing or tailoring, the binding is usually usually a bias-cut strip of lightweight lining fabric; in home sewing, commercial bias tape is often used.

In a Hong Kong finish, a bias strip of fabric is cut to the width of the seam allowance plus 1/4". The bias strip is placed on top of the seam allowance, right sides together, and stitched 1/8" from raw edges. The bias strip is then folded over the raw edge and around to the underside and stitched in place.



*Readers Digest, "Complete Guide to Sewing : Step-By-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Furnishings", Revised edition 1997, ISBN 0888502478.
*Schaeffer, Claire B., "Couture Sewing Techniques", Taunton Press, 2001, ISBN 1561584975

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