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Teach Yourself to Sew

Video: How to Sew a French Seam

Evamarie Gomez

Threads author Sandra Miller shares her simple techniques for sewing common seam finishes in Threads #165 (Feb./March 2013) and in #166 (April/May 2013). In this quick video tutorial, we bring one of her techniques to life and demonstrate how to sew a French seam. A French seam work best on sheer, lightweight fabrics. The narrower you make French seams, the more professional they look.

Also, don’t miss Sandra’s techniques for sewing other common seam finishes.

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  1. User avater
    LuvThreadsMagazine | | #1


    Great step-by-step how-to!

    Please keep these "video shorts" coming our way, and don't shy away from more full-length features (showcasing your contributing editors and, of course, the Taunton Press Players).

  2. motherofsons | | #2

    I really like the VERY short length. A lot of times I'm just checking something and all I want is a brief glimpse. These are also long enough that you could use them to supplement a text description in another source.

  3. User avater
    Linda74Sews | | #3

    French seams are a favorite seam finish for me, especially with all the beautiful sheer fabrics that are in vogue these days. Your tutorial is easy to follow and instructive.

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