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How to Sew a French Seam


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Video Duration: 10 minutes 26 seconds

You’ll love this video if:

  • You enjoy sewing with sheer, lightweight fabrics
  • You need to add strength to delicate seams
  • You’d like to add a high-end finish to your garments
  • You’re looking for alternatives to serging for finishing a seam

Techniques Demonstrated in this Video:

  • Each step required to complete the french seam
  • How to mark sides of sheer fabric for easy reference
  • Properly preparing and position your fabric
  • Trimming and pressing the seam allowance


In this video, Denise Wild demonstrates how to sew a french seam. French seams are frequently used on sheer and delicate fabrics such as silk, chiffon and organza. The raw edges of the seam allowance are enclosed within a second seam, creating a tidy, professional finish. French seams can be used with any number of fabrics, adding a high-end touch to your sewing projects This technique is particularly appealing in situations where serging stitches or unfinished seams would be visible from the outside of the garment. .

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About the Expert:

Sewing expert, magazine editor, and author Denise Wild is the Founder of LoveSewing and The Sewing Studio and the Content Director of BurdaStyle. Denise started teaching sewing classes in her Toronto apartment in 2004, and those classes evolved into The Sewing Studio New York, now one of North America’s leading sewing schools. Denise is the Editorial Director of BurdaStyle US magazine, and has worked as a magazine editor since 2000 for top national publications including FLARE, House & Home, Faze, and ANOKHI. Denise wrote the popular sewing reference book Mend & Make Fabulous, and has written for numerous publications and networks including Hello!, Elle, HGTV, W Network, Glow, Elevate, Chatelaine, and Slice.