French seam: how to finish edges on light fabrics

French seam: how to finish edges on light fabrics

Can you achieve a high-quality finish without an overlocker? Or even get a more refined look than what an overlocker can provide? Absolutely! Pros often use flat-felled and French seams to finish raw edges. These seams will definitely give your garments a more professional look. Our new sewing hack video is all about this finishing technique.

French seams are for lighter, semi-sheer fabrics (blouses, dresses).

1️. Place the pieces wrong sides together and stitch with a 5 mm (just under 1/4") seam allowance.

2️. Trim the seam allowances by 1−2 mm. Press the seam flat, then press the seam allowances open.

3️. Fold the pieces right sides together, making sure the seam is right on the edge.

4️. Stitch again along the first seam at 5 mm (just under 1/4") from the edge.

5️. Press the seam flat and then press the seam allowance towards the back of your garment.

Caution, you might start showing off the insides of your creations! :D

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