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Flat-Felled Seam... How to Sew a Flat-Felled Seam

Learn how to sew a flat-felled seam.


The flat-felled seam is a flat, very strong seam that you will find on most denim garments like: jeans, jackets, shorts, shirts.  It is not suitable for  heavy or bulky fabrics. Nor is it suitable for sheer fabrics or fabrics that fray. As most seams for garments are sewn pretty sides together, a flat-felled seam requires seam to be sewn with the ugly sides together. Below is photographs and instructions on how to make a flat-felled seam.

Cut two 4" X 4" squares of denim fabric to practice on.

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Place your fabric squares UGLY sides together and pin. Stitch down the side seam using a 5/8 " seam allowance.
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On a flat-felled seam the stitching shows on the outside or pretty side of your garment so make sure your stitching is neat, and your lines are straight. Generally there will be 2 lines of stitching as seen in the photos above.  The flat-felled seam works best on straight seam lines, and is NOT recommended on curved seams.


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