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French seam tutorial

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Quick thingamadoodle on how to make snazzy looking French seams! They're ideal for anyone who wants tidy looking, encased seams. It works well in accompaniment of a serger/overlocker, but works quite well without and can be used instead of a serger for seams. This is the best method (I know of, at least) for securing seams that are likely to fray, such as loose-weave fabrics, fine satin or chiffon.

This is my first tutorial, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you and good luck~
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RoseSerpenthelm's avatar
Super useful! It's good for delicate fabrics, I take it?
BleuumScarlett's avatar
I'm just a beginner so I don't want to invest too much right away in sewing materials (all these machines are so expensive) so this will be super useful for me, thank youuuuuu~!!
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I was lucky enough to be born with a sewing machine (I use my mum's old machine) and I was given a serger, but I definitely understand how expensive they are! I hope you have good luck with your sewing ^.^
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thank you for the tutorial


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alphabetsoup314's avatar
Nice tutorial! I think the diagram at the end really helps to explain and summarize everything that just happened, and what the end result will look like.
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Thanks! I needed that diagram to figure out what was going on when I learned to sew these seams, so I figured they'd be useful for you people too~
Lesh4537's avatar
Very nice tutorial! I've heard of French seams before but never really understood what they were. Now I know. :D
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Thanks! I'm glad I could teach you :)
AsjJohnson's avatar

I hadn't thought about sewing seams that way before. Well, I've sewn some stuff twice to tuck the seams inside, but not exactly that way. ...I suppose I'd sewn one thing on the bad side in two places and then turned it inside out, and there was something that I had folded twice and sewn (and then sewed two pieces together - which... got really difficult to put the needle through).

It kind of looks like the type of seams I see on the inside of jeans. Is it pretty much the same thing, or is it different?

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Yeah, some seams an become really hard, especially when working with things like denim. This one is good because it doesn't get too bulky and you're only sewing through two layers of fabric at any given time.

This is not what is used in jeans, actually. With jeans, you start by sewing your front and back panel together at the inseam, then press the seam flat with the seam allowances both to one side and top stitch them flat. Once both legs are double-stitched (or triple stitched of there's two lines of top stitching), the two legs are sewn together at the crotch and the outer seams on the outer leg are sewn. If you look at a pair of jeans, you'll see that the inseam has one or two rows of top stitching while the outer seam usually has no top stitching- this is why.

Hope it helped!
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nice explanation :D! definitly gonna use this in the future ;u;
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Thanks, and good luck~
SereneNighingale's avatar
This is very helpful! Thanks much. ^w^
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You're welcome! Good luck sewing.
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