Saturday, 27 April 2013

French Seams

French seams featured quite a lot in the Great British Sewing Bee and I have been asked several times about them. French seams are a fantastic way to give your garments a very neat and professional look. It works by encasing the raw edge of the fabric. They work best with lightweight and delicate fabrics and I am using this style of seam on my latest project. Creating French seams is easy! Here's how: 

(Apologies for the changing colour of the photos - this fabric is rather difficult to photograph)

Pin your fabric wrong sides together. 

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Sew using a narrow 1/4" seam. Press the seam flat and then trim fairly close to the seam. 

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Press the seam down to the side. Turn your fabric over so the right sides are now together. Press again. 

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Return to your machine and stitch a 3/8" seam. This will ensure that the raw edge is encased. Press to the side. 

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There you are - lovely, clean and neat seams. 

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9 comments:

  1. I love French seams, they're my favourite way to finish a seam.

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    1. They do make a nice, neat and satisfying finish!

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  2. I'm making a Mathilde blouse just now and am using French seams for the first time! Can't believe I never used them before - they're fantastic!

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    1. Aren't they?! I'm glad you found them and can probably guarantee that you will use them again!

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  3. I love French seams too, and this is a really clear and user-friendly tutorial :)

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  4. I to just finnished my Mathilde Blouse and did french seems for the first time! They were so easy, and makes sutch a great result!

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    1. Amazing aren't they? I can't wait to see your finished Mathilde.

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