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Posted on: 9/23/03 7:50 AM
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This may be common knowledge, but french seams are 5/8" seams sewn first at 1/4" with wrong sides together (don't forget to Press As You Go) then sewn at 3/8" with right sides together. The result is a totally enclosed seam. It's great for lightweight fabrics. The above link has step by step instructions.

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Esteemarlu said... (4/18/12 1:52 AM) Reply
Thank you so much for this tip!
CA Eisenhour said... (9/2/11 3:50 AM) Reply
I knew how to do a French Seam; however, I thought a link would be gracious.
monahan said... (7/18/11 7:33 AM) Reply
I just revisited the french seam and followed Georgene's tip. I sewed the first pass at 3/8" and trimmed it down to 1/8" then sewed the second pass using a 1/4" foot. Made a beautiful edge.
MissFit said... (7/30/08 2:25 PM) Reply
It may be "common knowledge" but for those of us who never took a class and just kind of learn as we go, thank you.
*Jessica* said... (10/21/06 4:28 PM) Reply
thanks! so helpful ! now i know how to do it :)
sewingsusie said... (4/20/05 1:11 PM) Reply
I love using French seams - the seam is totally professional looking. I want to get a Serger, although the French Seam is the next best thing I know to do to make a seam look more finished and professional.
Reikidolls said... (11/26/04 10:08 AM) Reply
This is exactly what I was looking for. I've done French Seams before, I just needed a quickie review!
Diana M said... (4/20/04 7:07 PM) Reply
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've been looking for EXACTLY this info!
Shannon Gifford said... (9/23/03 8:46 PM) Reply
And for an even easier method, use your serger for the first pass of the seam. I use the 2 thread option on my serger; you get a really thin, strong, finished French seam this way, with no "pokies" of thread sticking out!
Georgene said... (9/23/03 9:52 AM) Reply
You can trim a bit off of that first seam. If your fabric is ravelly you could end up with little bits hanging out of the second seam. Also trimming down your seam and stitching 1/4" instead of 3/8" on the second pass will give you a really tiny beautiful seam on a sheer fabric. Much nicer to look at in a chiffon or netting type fabric.
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