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30 mins

Create neat, tidy French seams
One of my favorite seam finishes, the French seam is perfect for enclosing all the raw edges of a seam because everything gets turned in on itself. Because of the added bulk, it is best to use French seams on thinner fabrics, or where the bulk doesn't matter. It is also the perfect finish for sheer fabrics.

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  • How to sew a seam. French Seams - Step 1
    Step 1

    Sew the first seam with wrong sides together. For a 5/8" seam allowance, sew the first line of stitches 2/8" (1/4") from raw edge.

  • How to sew a seam. French Seams - Step 2
    Step 2

    Flip the fabric so that rights sides are together. Press.

  • How to sew a seam. French Seams - Step 3
    Step 3

    With right sides still together, sew second line of stitches 3/8" from pressed edge, enclosing raw edges from first seam. This will use up the full 5/8" seam allowance (2/8" + 3/8" = 5/8").

  • How to sew a seam. French Seams - Step 4
    Step 4

    Press the seam open and you're done! For a faux flat-felled seam look, you can also sew a third line of stitches attaching the french seam to the garment.

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