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How To Sew A French Seam? Let’s Find Out!

French seams are a type of seam that is used to finish the edges of a garment or the bottom of a bag.

These are the strongest seams, they are very strong and durable, and they can be used to sew knits and even seams stitched by hand.

The French seam is great for sewing and looks great when you’re done, but the one drawback is that it’s a two seam technique and there are two seams, one on either side of the seam line, that are hidden from view.

The French seam is a sew-in seam that is a modern update to the traditional, hand-sewn French seam.

A French seam is a seam which is created by using a specially designed machine to cut two pieces of fabric and then sew them together.

If you’ve ever sewn by hand, you know that if you don’t catch your seam, you’re left with a noticeable line of stitching.

That’s why the French seam is such a preferred alternative to the traditional hand-sewn seam.

Difference between a French seam and a flat felled seam

Between sewing and tacking, there are quite a few differences between French and flat felled seams.

They both have their pros and cons, and both have their uses depending on the project.

For many years the terms French seam and flat felled were used interchangeably, but the French seam has become a little more popular in recent years.

Sewers call a French seam, a seam with a curve at the edge of the seam. Sewers call a flat felled seam a seam with no curve at the edge of the seam.

Not only are these two kinds of seams different, they are different on different kinds of fabric. French seams are best for flat-felled seams on knits, wovens, or soft, stretchy fabrics.

Sew French seams around corners

French seams are a sewing technique that you can use to avoid the dreaded “tuckpoint” around corners.

With the French seam, you sew the seam allowance to a fold line parallel to the corner, and then simply press the seam allowance into place.

A French seam is usually used to sew two pieces of fabric together, but there are other methods that can be used to sew a French seam without a serger.

The best method is to sew the two pieces of fabric together and then iron the seam open to get it to lay flat.

3 Types of seams

There are 3 basic seams on garments that are used for the purpose of creating a finished garment.

These are:

1. Welt: This is a stitch that is used to seal the entire seam. It is sewn through the front and back of the fabric and creates a flat surface on one side of the seam.  

2. Backstitch: This is a lower seam allowance, usually used to keep the seam from pulling out on the back of the fabric. In a garment the seam allowance is at the top edge, and you’ll get rid of it in the following step

3. Hem: There is a small amount of fabric that is folded over the edge of the garment, usually to conceal the raw edge

Kirsten Carter

Kirsten Carter

Kirsten Carter is a freelance content writer who specialises in writing about travel, technology and health. When she's not traveling between her home of Tanzania and England, she writes for her blog Rightminded Travelling and features on a variety of different travel and technology sites.View Author posts

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