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French Seams

Extract from Take a Tea Towel • By Jemima Schlee • Published by GMC Publications


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5 mins

Take a Tea Towel
French seams are an efficient way to prevent raw edges fraying. the seam completely encases the edges leaving a neat finish. they are ideal for items that will get a lot of wear.

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You Will Need

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

    With the right sides of your fabric together, align your raw hem edges. Pin or tack together and stitch a 3⁄8in (1cm) seam along the edge.

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

    Trim the seam to 1⁄4in (5mm).

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

    Turn wrong side out and press with an iron. Pin or tack all the way along the seam and stitch a 3⁄8in (1cm) hem, thus encasing the raw edges. Finally, turn right side out and press.

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