Hey everyone, okay so how to do French seams?
You’re going to begin by putting your fabric wrong sides together. Yes, wrong sides of
the fabric together. Then you’ll stitch down like you would a normal seam. What seam
allowance you use here depends on your project… Once you’re done stitching, I like to give
the seam an ironing and then you’ll trim up those raw edges, and again, how much you
trim depends on the seam allowance for your project. For seams that aren’t going through
a pleater, I like to trim to about 3/16” ¼” or so with the idea that the finished
French seam is going to be about ¼” or 3/8” wide, but it’s not an exact science…
so by all means, I do not measure to make sure I’m staying on the 3/16” ish mark.
You’re perfectly fine by eye balling. It doesn’t need to be that precise. Then I iron that again before flipping the
fabric over and giving that an ironing. Then I make sure the previous seam is in the center
and give that an ironing. And this is what I mean about the previous seam being in the
center – you don’t want a lopsided French seam. Finally, stitch right on the other side of
those raw edges. This will leave you with a pretty enclosed seam known as the French
seam. I like to stitch close to the raw edges as opposed to leaving a gap. I just think
it’s a cleaner look. But there you have it, that’s how to do
a French seam. I hope this video was helpful. If you have any questions, please leave them
in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them. As always, I appreciate y’all
for watching and I hope to catch ya next time.