French Seams Sewing Technique

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A French seam encloses the raw edges, making additional finishing unnecessary. It looks flat like a plain seam from the front but appears like a tuck on the reverse.
Adapted from "How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns," by Lee Hollahan and published by Barron's Educational Series. Lead image from

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Step 1

Place the wrong sides of the fabric together, with the edges matching. Sew with a straight stitch 1/4in (6mm) from the edge.

Step 2

Press the seam open and trim the raw edges to approximately half.

Step 3

Fold the seam the opposite way, so that the right sides are now facing and the seam is pressed out to the edge.

Step 4

Complete the seam with a final row of stitching 1⁄4in (6mm) from the edge. This will enclose all the raw edges.

Step 5

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