Self Enclosed Seams Tutorial

Self enclosed seams are those in which all seam allowances are contained within the finished seam. It therefore avoids the necessity of a separate seam finish. They are especially appropriate for visible seams on sheer fabrics and unlined jackets. They are best suited to garments that will receive rugged wear, or a lot of laundering.

How to make a French seam:

With wrong sides of fabric together, pin the fabric seam allowance together.

Machine stitch 1 cm away from the edge and trim the seam allowance to about 3 mm. Press the seam open.

Fold right sides of fabric together, with the stitched line exactly on the folded edge and press again. Stitch on the seamline about 6 mm from the fold. Press the seam to one side.

How to sew a flat-felled seam:

Pin the fabric wrong sides together.

Stitch on the seam line.

Press the seams open, then to one side. Trim the inner seam allowance to 3 mm.

Press under the edge of the outer seam allowance, about 5 mm. Pin.

Stitch the folded edge to the garment.


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