Seams are practical. They have only one purpose and that is to join two sections of fabric together. So why would you need to know how to sew a French seam… come to that, what is a French seam? Your standard seam is constructed by placing your two pieces of fabric right sides together and sewing a straight line of stitching about 1/4 inch away from the edge. Open it out, press with your iron and Voila! You have a seam.
A French Seam is where you sew the seam wrong sides facing, turn it over and sew it again with right sides facing. The untidy edges of the fabric at the seam are hidden within a sewn ‘pocket’. This seam is unlikely to fray plus it looks neat and professional. It is especially useful on sewing projects where the seams might get rubbed a lot. For example, you will use a French seam when you learn How To Sew a Pillow Case.
This video shows you how to sew a French seam with easy-to-follow instructions which are suitable for all sewing abilities. But if they seem like a bit of a bother then alternatives to reduce your seam fraying include…
- * Sew a zig-zag stitch along the very edge of all your fabric before sewing your seams
- * Cut out your fabric using pinking shears – a type of scissors with a zig-zag edge.
Both of these methods reduce fraying in general wear and tear usage, although neither looks particularly pretty… But who’s looking at the inside of your seams anyway?
Handy Hint : If you do decide to sew a French seam on any patterns where this type of seam has not been allowed for, you will need to add extra width to your fabric when you cut it out from the pattern. In other words, you will need to cut approximately 3/8 inch away from your pattern edge.
Learn how to sew a French seam for hard-wearing items or a professional finish, and you will no longer be a-frayed(!!) of falling apart at the seams!
How to Sew a French Seam Video Tutorial:
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