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Posted on: 2/26/08 10:45 PM
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I am so excited that I finally figured out (with the help of David Coffin's Shirtmaking book) how to use my felling foot to make a flat-felled seams. I have tried other methods, but they never looked quite good enough. This is easy to do once you know what you're doing. I have a picture tutorial at the link above. I hope the directions alone will make sense, but the pictures really tell the story.

First of all, you will need a felling foot. They come in 2 sizes, but the procedure will be the same; the measurements will just be a little different. My foot is a 1/8" foot.
1. I marked my seam allowances so that I could know how much to trim off of each SA. You will want one side trimmed to 1/8� and the other trimmed to 3/8�

2. line up the seam lines, wrong sides together

3. With the right side and shorter seam allowance facing you, fold the longer seam allowance over the shorter one, and press

4. put the seam under the felling foot and start sewing with the whole seam allowance underneath. Your fabric will be on the left and the upper and under seam allowances will be to the right of the needle.

5. After you have sewn about one inch, lift the upper seam allowance over the �toe� of the felling foot. Continue to sew the rest of the seam this way and the foot will guide your fabric.

6. Take this to the ironing board and press. Now press your seam allowance open and flat so the seam is as it will be on the finished garment.

7. Now sew this seam in the same manner as you sewed the first seam. The difference is that you will have the under fabric on both the left and right sides of the seam allowance.

8. Take your beautiful new flat-felled seam to the ironing board and press!

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Judy N.E. said... (3/20/13 2:45 PM) Reply
I have tried to get to the link but it is no longer there. Is there another way to see this tutorial?
plafollette said... (12/11/11 2:22 PM) Reply
Every video I have watched on flat felled seams show that once you have the material started then placed over the toe the material automatically folds over and under the needle. They make it appear easier than it really is but then again maybe I need more practice.
MNBarb said... (12/5/10 5:16 PM) Reply
Thanks for this tutorial. I'm considering the purchase of a flat felling foot and I would never have understood how to use it without the photos. Coffin's book is good but I always need a visual description.
ejvc said... (1/30/10 4:42 PM) Reply
Thank you, I also have that book but wasn't able to make the felling technique work. I very much appreciate your picture tutorial.
KempCorr said... (3/2/08 3:23 PM) Reply
Your tutorial is great ! Thank you for taking the time to share it.
althea said... (2/28/08 9:37 AM) Reply
I am so excited to try this. I bought a felling foot long ago but never was able to figure out how to use it. I love these seams. They look so professional. Thank you for the wonderful pictures as well. I love this web site!!!
paulab said... (2/27/08 2:01 PM) Reply
Thank you for that GREAT tutorial! I inherited lots of feet, trying to figure out what they are for, and have been wanting to learn this seam. I think you've saved me a *lot* of frustration!
Susan M said... (2/27/08 1:23 PM) Reply
Thanks for taking the time to make the tutorial. I have one flat felling foot but haven't used it yet. Now I will know what to do.
Stitchcakes said... (2/27/08 9:49 AM) Reply
Thank you for this. I may use this for my jean jacket!
ladybegood said... (2/27/08 1:24 AM) Reply
Thanks! I just love a well illustrated tutorial... they are so inspiring!
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