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Open Seam



Open seam is also known as the basic seam and is the most common seam used in sewing. It can and will probably be used in making garments, quilts, pillows, dolls, and crafts.

To make an open seam place fabric pretty sides together so that the seams lines meet.  Pin. Stitch using the desired seam allowance.  Press seams open.

The raw edges of this seam need to be finished.


There are different ways to finish the raw edges of an open seam.  They depend on the fabric that will be used on a garment. All seam allowances should be an even width.


In a rare occasion an open seam may not need to be finished.  This open seam is made of fleece and is going to be a house robe. There is not an urgency to finish this seam allowance.  Fleece fabric does not un ravel and house robes do not get thrown in the wash that often. However, for a neater appearance, one might want to finish the seam.

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