Does the term French Seam intimidate you? I grew up watching PAM (Painter Artist Mom) sew, and French seams were a regular part of her sewing mantra. It sounded like it was something special, a seam only professional seamstresses knew about.
Eventually, I actually watched her do it, and it looked easy. On my first attempt, it turned out a little messy. The key?
Yes, the iron – the thing I dislike most-but-gives-the-best-results. Use it. Trust me.
Here’s the three-step flash DIY
Step 1: The First Seam
Sew your seam the opposite way than normal – with back sides together.
Stitch a narrow seam, like less than 1/4″, if possible.
No need to surge the edges because they’ll be inside the final seam.
For prints, you’ll find it much easier to pattern match this way. I used this French seam technique when I made my Ruffled Shower Curtain.
Step 2: Pressing
Press the seam allowance to one side, not opened up.
Fold fabric at the seam with fronts together and press.
Step 3: Second Seam
Stitch the second seam a little deeper than the first seam.
Here’s the finished French Seam on the back side.
And, now here’s the front side. That is all there is to sewing a French seam – a flash, right? No professional seamstress lessons necessary.
Have you sewn French seams before? Or, are they something you’ve always wanted to try? Go ahead, try it. You’re going to love the finished look it gives your seams.
P.S. I updated this post with better pictures after the initial publication. A couple of readers said the original post was hard to understand. Thank you, faithful readers, for keeping me on my toes. Y’all are the best! 🙂 I always want to be completely clear and give good instructions. Please keep up your good work of notifying me when I need to “fix” something on my site! Happy readers = happy blogger.
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