How to Sew a French Seam

When you want a seam with a clean- looking finish and concealed stitches, try a French seam.

Source: Martha Stewart


  1. Align fabric pieces, wrong sides facing, and machine-stitch with about a 1/4-inch seam allowance. (Do not press seam open.)

  2. Flip fabric back other way, over seam, so right sides of fabric are facing (a).

  3. Stitch another seam with a slightly larger seam allowance (3⁄8 inch) to enclose first seam (b). Flip fabric open, and press seam to one side. On right side of fabric, topstitch along pressed seam (c).


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