Enclosing a Seam (French Seam)July 20, 2011 6:14 am Sewing, Techniques and Mediums
By Sewing Contributor Jessica, from the blog “Life Sew Good”.
Have you ever worked with sheer fabric and wondered how to deal with your edges? They can be so ugly and fray easily. Another reason you may want an enclosed seam (also a “French Seam”) is when you want your garment to be presentable with no edges on either side.
1. Place your fabric, WRONG SIDES TOGETHER. Usually when you are doing seams, you put right sides together. Don’t let your intuition take over. Put the WRONG sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam. (Please ignore poor seam in picture! It was slippery!!)
2. Press the seam open.
3. Turn the fabric over, and fold it on the seam. Now your RIGHT SIDES ARE TOGETHER. Press and pin if necessary (I had to pin mine!)
4. Sew a 1/2″ seam.
5. Turn your fabric out again and you have an enclosed seam! Viola! Easy & beautiful.