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How to Sew: French Seam

Watch our helpful video guide: How to sew a French Seam. One of our Learn To Sew video guides.

This video demonstrates how to sew a French seam. A French seam creates a beautiful finish for garments by encasing the raw edges within two seam allowances. You sew one narrow seam, and then a second slightly wider seam to encase the first.

French seams are recommended for light and delicate fabrics like silk, chiffon, and organza but you could also use them on cotton lawn. You can french seam side seams and curved armhole seams.

Top tip: It’s important to note that you start with the pieces WRONG SIDES TOGETHER when you do the first stitch. You may want to mark this throughout your pattern if you’re deviating from the instructions

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