Do you want your seams to look professional? Then read this easy French seams tutorial.
French seams are generally used in lightweight and sheer fabrics such as silk and chiffon where traditional seam finishing methods would show on the right side of the fabric. They are also great for items that will be washed repeatedly such as pillowcases.
FRENCH SEAMS TUTORIAL
STEP 1 – Pin the WRONG sides of your fabric together and stitch the seam. Your seam allowance should be 1/4inch (6mm) less than the seam allowance specified in the pattern.
- For a 1/2 inch (12mm) seam allowance – sew now at 1/4 inch (6mm) from the edge
- For a 5/8 inch (1.5cm) seam allowance – sew now at 3/8 inch (10mm) from the edge.
STEP 2 – Trim the seam allowance to 1/8 inch (3mm)
STEP 3 – Press open the seam with the seam allowance on one side. Make sure the seam is nice and flat.
STEP 4 – Press the fabric in half with RIGHT sides together and with the seam on the edge. Make sure the seam is on the very edge and not to the side as all for the best results.
STEP 5 – Sew the seam again 1/4 inch from the folded seam edge. Using a 1/4 inch foot may help keep your width accurate. The previous seam allowance will be sandwiched in the fold. It is important to sew accurately or you will get little tufts of raw edges poking through the seam.
STEP 6 – Press the seam open again, with the seam allowance on one side. Flip your piece over and give the seam a final press so it is nice and flat.
You can now get a professional French seam finish on your next project!
Why not try this skill on the side seams of the Taylor Skirt? This is a FREE tutu skirt sewing pattern!
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