One way to add a professional touch to your handmade garments is to finish your seam allowances. Finished seam allowances not only look nice, but they also add strength and durability to your clothing. In this video I show you how to sew french seams. French seams are great for clothing made using lightweight or sheer fabrics.
In this video we start by sewing a 1/4" seam allowance and then finishing the french seam with a 3/8" seam allowance for a total 5/8" seam allowance. It’s more common in ready-to-wear garments that you would finish your seams with a 1/4" seam allowance on the french seam, meaning, your french seam would be more narrow that I describe in this video. If your sewing pattern uses 5/8" total seam allowance and you want to finish your french seam with a narrower allowance than I show above, simply begin by sewing a 3/8" seam allowance. From there you can cut down the allowance to 1/8", and then finish by sewing the french seam at 1/4".
French seams can also be used when sewing home decor projects, bags, etc. A french seam is a versatile seam finish that is durable and pretty to look at.
Interested in more videos from my How to Use a Sewing Machine series? Check back this week for more seam finish tutorials.