How to Sew A French Seam

A french seam is a useful skill to know for people who sew. A French is useful when you do not want your seams to have raw edges on the inside, such as when you’re making clothing or bags. It gives a nice finished edge. Just make sure to have an iron ready to press your seams.

How to Sew a French Seam1. Lay your two pieces of fabric out.

2. Lay the 2 pieces wrong sides together.

3. Stitch a 1/4″ seam

4. Trim extra down to 1/8″

5. Fold back upon itself, over the seam, right sides together

6. Sew another 1/4″ seam, covering the previous seam inside the pocket

7. Press flap to one side. You could even do a top stitch to stitch the flap down.

To learn more about general sewing, such as notions, fabric types, machine tools, and more, check out this book

The Sewing Book: An Encyclopedic Resource of Step by Step Techniques


2 thoughts on “How to Sew A French Seam

  1. I just happen to get to your blog and this item makes me smile! In France we call this kind of sewing ‘couture anglaise’ (English seam). Hahaha. You have a very nice blog.

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