One of my favorite seam finishes is the French
seam, simply because there are no raw edges inside the garment. It’s great on slinky fabrics
like this silk charmeuse Hi I’m Angela Wolf, let me show you how
easy it is to sew a French seam. If you use a plain seam you’ll need to finish
these raw edges of the seam allowance to avoid fraying.
But a French seam’s seam allowance is already finished as part of the process!
Check your sewing pattern to determine what the seam allowances are. I find it easiest
to change my seam allowances to 1 inch. / Say my pattern has seam allowances that are 5/8
of an inch – I’ll add 3/8 of an inch to each seam allowance before cutting out my pattern.
Unlike a plain seam, you’ll start with the wrong sides of the fabric facing each other
and stitch with a half-inch seam allowance Trim the seam allowance to about a quarter
of an inch Press the seam allowance to one side – it’s
a good idea to press from both sides of the seam just to make sure the fabric lays nice
and flat Now fold the fabric along that stitch line,
enclosing the seam allowance, and press again. Use a tailor’s clapper if you have one for
a nice crisp crease. Next, stitch right along this pressed edge
with a half-inch seam allowance, to encase the raw edges.
Press the seam allowance towards one side. Remember if you’re using this seam in a
garment you’d press towards the back of the garment…
See how nice this looks, and it’s super easy!
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