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How to Sew a French Seam

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What is a French Seam
Photo of a French seam.

A French Seam

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
  • A French seam is a seam which encloses the seam allowance on the inside of a sewn item.

  • It is well suited for sheer fabric that a zigzag or serge stitch would leave a lot of thread visible through the fabric.

  • It can be used on any fabric to enclose a seam allowance and keep a soft edge to the seam. This works especially well for a person with very sensitive skin.

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