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The French Seam...how to Sew a French seam

How to Sew a French Seam

 

The French seam is a bulky seam finish and is used for thin and fraying fabrics that are washed a lot like: under garments, pajamas, children's clothes, or blouses.

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

How to Sew a French Seam

Unlike traditional seams in sewing where the pretty sides of the fabric are placed together, the French Seam is sewn ugly sides together.

Pin your fabric squares UGLY sides together.

The French Seam in Sewing is Placed wrong sides together.

Stitch down the seam using just less than 1/4" seam allowance.

Trim close to the stitching but be careful not to cut your stitches.

How to Sew a French Seam.

Turn the fabric so that the right or pretty sides of the fabric are together. Making sure your seam is even, pin the seam.

Stitch using 1/4" seam allowance stitching parallel to your seam as shown in the photo.

The French Seam is a self finished seam with no fraying threads.

This is what your French seam should look like on the ugly or wrong side.  There are no fraying threads at all. 
 
The French Seam is a bulky, self-finished seam that is great for fabrics that fray. It is used on garments that are washed a lot like lingerie, and blouses. You will also find French Seam used on children's and babies clothing. The French Seam is found on babies clothes for two reasons. One, so that the seam allowance doesn't rub up against the baby's soft skin. And two, the French seams holds up well with clothes that are washed often.

With a French seam the raw edges are completely enclosed in the seam. It should not be used on bulky fabrics or curved seams. Unlike, most seams made in garment making where the fabric is sewn pretty sides together, the French seam is made by sewing the fabrics wrong or ugly sides together.

 

 
 

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