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Does anyone have any advice on seam finishes that I could use which will look professional for the parts which are not lined (i.e. pants)? I don't own a serger. My sewing machine is a 20year old Kenmore, one of the very first programmable machines. It does 100 stitches, about 60% of which are decorative.

I really hate bad seams on the items I make. Before I got my serger, I would take each piece and use a shortened zig-zag stitch all around each piece before actually sewing them together. It stopped the material from fraying and looked very professional. A friend of mine that had a serger at the time even commented, "Your seams look better than mine and I have a serger!"
It really adds to the life of a garment, even if it doubles the amount of time it takes to sew it. I did this for several years, and I won a few county fair awards using this method.
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