In this Free Tutorial I am going to show you how to sew a french seam.
First of all . . . you may be wondering “what is a French Seam?” A french seam is one that is completely encased, there are no raw edges on the right side of the garment or the wrong side.
If you do not own a serger, or overlock machine, a french seam would be one way to secure the edges of your garment when you sew. French seams are also used in high end garment making that “pay attention” to details.
So here goes~
- First of all you will sew the WRONG sides together.
Now, normally you always sew right sides together, but with a french seam the idea is to encase the raw edge so you begin by sewing wrong sides together a little shy of your seam allowance.
- Next, turn the fabric so you have RIGHT sides together and PRESS
- Now you will stitch at your seam allowance to completely encase the raw edge
notice my fabric is now to the edge of my presser foot
I am completely encasing the raw edge in this stitch
Here you can see the right side of my seam on the outside of the garment (far right) it just looks like any other seam. The wrong side which would be the inside of my garment (far left) is a finished seam also with no raw edges exposed.