Sewing Series: French Seams

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This is definitely my favorite type of seam. It looks really clean and finished and you don’t have to do anything extra to prevent fraying. It requires a bit of extra ironing and sewing, but it’s worth it for such a nice looking finished product. Let’s get started…

1. Iron your fabric. I used to skip ironing thinking I was saving time, but really you just end up wasting time working with wrinkly, difficult fabric.

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2. Pin the WRONG sides of the fabric together.

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4. Sew along the pinned edge with a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance.

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5. This is what it will look like.

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6. Now it’s time to cut off some of the extra. A rotary cutter and self-healing mat make this really simple.

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7. Scissors work great, too.

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8. You want to be left with about 1/8 inch allowance.

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9. Fold the fabric over, so the RIGHT sides are touching.

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10. Iron.

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11. Admittedly I sometimes skip pinning on smaller, well-pressed pieces. It’s best, though, to be thorough and pin.

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12. Sew along this pinned edge with 1/2 inch seam allowance.

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13. It will look like this.

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14. Iron the seam to one side. If making a patchwork project with multiple seams you will want to press them all in the same direction.

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15. Lovely and clean.

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16. The front side also looks clean and finished.

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Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and/or if you have a favorite seam. Thanks!