French Seam Tutorial
This is the perfect tidy seam finish for sewing. Not for quilting so much, but for fashion and home sewing- this is an excellent alternative to serger-finished edges. The raw edges of the fabric are completely contained inside the seam. Let me show you how to do it.
The first step is the trickiest to remember. You sew your two pieces with the WRONG sides together. Make the first stitching line with a 3/8ths inch seam allowance.
Now, fold the piece right sides together. You might want to press the folded seam line, before you start sewing. Take the folded piece and stitch a 1/4th inch in from the fold. This will hide, or encapsulate (Whoooh- $8 word there!!!) the wee little 1/8th inch raw edges.
And in case you were wondering here’s how it works:
1/4th + wee 1/8th + 1/4th = 5/8th original seam allowance. Trust me. =) If your 1/8th is too wide, you might have little whispy raw edge bits hanging out from your finished seam. It just takes a bit of practice.
Ok, I hope it goes well for you! Enjoy! ~jen~