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The tastiest of all seams. Probably.
Learn how to do a flat felled seam - with no trimming!

Flat felled seams are pretty sexy as far as seams go - and pretty easy! They can be used for garment making, think inside leg seams of jeans for added strength or for projects where other seams just won't work, as in flag or banner making.

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Your garment or project
Sewing machine
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  • How to sew a seam. Flat Felled Seam - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your materials.

  • How to sew a seam. Flat Felled Seam - Step 2
    Step 2

    Set up your sewing machine - I'm using Pearl today. She's a babe.

  • How to sew a seam. Flat Felled Seam - Step 3
    Step 3

    As I'm using calico for this project I've written on each side 'wrong' or 'right' side.. the right side of your fabric is the top, good side, the bit you want to be seen or with the print on.

    The wrong side is the back.

  • How to sew a seam. Flat Felled Seam - Step 4
    Step 4

    Start by laying your fabrics, wrong sides together. Normally you'd butt the raw edges inline with each other, but for this technique, you need to have the bottom fabric sticking out around 1cm to the right, as shown - you can pin this in place.

    Note about pinning when machine sewing - always *always* pin horizontally, it is safer and easier to remove the pins as you sew this way.

  • How to sew a seam. Flat Felled Seam - Step 5
    Step 5

    Using a 1-1.5cm seam allowance and a straight stitch sew the fabrics together.

  • How to sew a seam. Flat Felled Seam - Step 6
    Step 6

    Open out both fabrics so that the right sides are facing up towards you.

  • How to sew a seam. Flat Felled Seam - Step 7
    Step 7

    This bit is a little tricky to explain in text! You need to fold that under edge (that bit we left overhanging on the bottom fabric piece) over and to the left of the raw edge on the top piece of fabric...

  • How to sew a seam. Flat Felled Seam - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fold this seam wrap thing to the left so it lays flat on the left-hand piece of fabric and everything is encased within itself like shown

  • How to sew a seam. Flat Felled Seam - Step 9
    Step 9

    Using a top stitch close to the edge, sew this seam down flat.

  • How to sew a seam. Flat Felled Seam - Step 10
    Step 10

    On the right side, you will have a double row of stitching...

  • How to sew a seam. Flat Felled Seam - Step 11
    Step 11

    And on the wrong side, one row of stitching.

  • How to sew a seam. Flat Felled Seam - Step 12
    Step 12

    You can make your flat felled seam as wide or narrow as you like, you don't have to stick to the measurements I've given here - have a play around and see how you get on.

    Tasty, tasty, flat felled seams.

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Kaye N.
Kaye N. · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 1 project
Happy beautifully explained.; at least I understood when you said "Fold this seam wrap thing to the left so it lays flat on the left-hand piece of fabric" Thank you!
Sew Swansea
Sew Swansea · 3 projects
Oh I'm glad it made sense!

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, Kaye.

Happy stitching! Love
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