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How to Create French Seams on Sheer Fabrics | Insider Video

Kenneth D. King uses the serger and sewing machine together to create French seams on sheer fabric.

Threads Contributing Editor Kenneth D. King demonstrates a unique version of the French seam that starts with a narrow serged seam and finishes with a tiny zigzag. He explains how to adjust the seam allowances during sewing so the correct amount of fabric is trimmed by the serger, and he shows a new way to wrap and fold the fabric layers for a nearly invisible finish. This seam is strong and discreet—perfect for any fine fabrics.


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  1. user-1109263 | | #1

    If I don't have a serger, do you have any recommendations for a comparable setting on my Bernina?

    1. RCarnes | | #2

      I don't use a Bernina, unfortunately, but I would suggest trying this with a short, narrow zigzag stitch; try a stitch length of 1 mm to 1.5 mm. The result will be a bit different, because you'll need to trim the seam allowances yourself, very close to the stitching.

      You could also experiment with two passes of zigzag--this might more closely duplicate the density of a rolled hem. This will make it a little easier to fold the fabric over the stitched column for the last pass of stitching. Test the stitch settings on your machine to see what works best. That's always a good idea, anyway, as fabrics respond differently.

      Does anyone who sews on a Bernina have a stitch to recommend that might simulate the effect of a serged rolled hem? Please let us know in comment section!

      Carol Fresia
      Senior Technical Editor, Threads

  2. pattyamv | | #3

    I love these videos, please continue making these. I'll keep coming back for more. Sincerely Yours, I've been a threads subscriber for 20 + years.

  3. denisesews1 | | #4

    I love this and wish I'd known this technique when working with the silk organza for my dress. Thank you, Kenneth, for a great, useful alternative to the traditional French seam.

  4. koenigin | | #5

    Thank you for this! I love a good French seam, but I always seem to get the edge of the fabric peeking out in places. This makes a beautiful finish.

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