Previously on seam-along ...
Week 1 - simple edge finishes
This week I took a look at French seams, which are durable and quite straight forward to construct. They also look beautiful.
This is a lovely, enclosed seam - essentially a seam-within-a-seam. Due to its construction, it is really only suited to straight edges. You start by putting the wrong sides of the fabric together. Then using only a small seam allowance (say 1/4"), you machine stitch the seam.
Trim away some of the excess seam allowance and press the seam to one side.
Flip the fabric so that the right sides are together and the seam is enclosed. And stitch again.
Next, push the new enclosed seam to one side and press.
Et voila - you have your French seam. I read somewhere that in France this finish is known as an English seam. I have no idea whether this is true or not, but it makes a good story.
Mock French seam
This faux French seam finish can be used on curves. This time you put the right sides of the fabric together and stitch on the regular seam line.
Open the seam out flat.
Turn each of the raw edges inward ...
.... and press.
Bring both sides of the folded seam allowance together.
Top stitch in place.
Press the whole seam to one side.
To be honest I'm quite smitten with both these finishes. And just quietly, I have a message for my overlocker: Get your act together you recalitrant piece of machinery and loop and stitch as you should or it will be more than a French fling.
Did you seam-along this week? When would you use French seams?
Next Wednesday: Stay tuned next week, when bound seams (including a Hong Kong finish and a bit of gratuitous ditch stitching) will be on show. Read more about bound seams via Google.