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How to stitch a French Seam

Learn how to make a French Seam and incorporate this strong and easy-to-make seam into your projects. Pillowcases are a great project to try it out on, since they will go through many wash cycles and pillow fights.

French Seam Pillowcase

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Transcript:

Hi, this is Marti. In this video, I'm going to show you how to sew a French seam. I recently made a pillowcase for my nephew using a French seam. The benefit of the French seam is that it can be washed over and over and not fray. That means a lot of pillow fights! As you can see, the French seam hides the raw edges. To start your French seam, place your fabrics with the wrong sides together. I use MasterPiece for all my machine piecing. It's strong and has very low lint. Set your stitch selector to a straight stitch. Adjust your length to about 2 millimeters. Begin sewing using a 1/4" seam allowance. There's no need to backstitch at this point. When you're finished, trim your threads. It's time to press! Lay your fabric so the seam is positioned in the center. Finger press it open, then iron. Fold the right sides together and press once more. Our final stitch will be sewn with a 3/8" seam allowance. Backstitch at the beginning and end, for extra security. This will hide the first seam.  Your French seam is now complete. Press your seams, then do a little dance! You're done! Thank you for watching this video, I hope you liked it. Please comment below and let us know what you would like to learn.