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6 Different Ways to Finish a Seam Without a Serger (Part 1)

Here is part one of our 3 part series showing 6 different ways to finish a seam without a serger. 

This video shows how to do a French seam and a flat felled seam. Please note for this video the measurements we give are based on a 5/8" seam allowance. 

French Seam

  1. Place your fabrics wrong-sides together, lining up your raw edges. Sew a 1/4" seam allowance. Trim this seam allowance to about half the width it is currently (approx. 1/8").
  2. Press the seam. Since the seam allowance is pretty narrow, just press the seam to one side. 
  3. Now fold your fabric so it is right-sides together, encasing the seam you just sewed. Roll your seam until it sits right on the edge. Now sew a 3/8" seam allowance making sure to backstitch at both ends. 
  4. To finish press your seam to one side. 

Flat Felled Seam

  1. Place your fabrics wrong-sides together and sew a full 5/8" seam allowance making sure to backstitch at both ends. 
  2. Trim one side of your seam allowance (down to about 1/4").
  3. First press your seam allowance open and then press the seam allowance over (with the larger seam allowance on top). 
  4. Take the larger seam allowance, wrap it around the narrower one and fold it back over. You are rolling the raw edge of the larger seam allowance close to your sewing line. 
  5. Stitch the larger seam allowance in place getting as close to the folded edge as you can. Press your seam one last time. 

Note: if you would like to create a flat felled seam that the seam allowance is inside the garment (such is in some men's shirts) follow the same steps with the fabrics going the opposite directions (start with fabrics right-sides together etc.)

 

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