Hello all! Welcome to my second post in the series that teaches you how to finish seams without a serger. This series is for those of us who want to learn to sew professionally but don’t have a Serger. It is possible! View the first post in the series about French seams here.
The False French Seam
This technique is great when you can’t, for any reason, start your seam with the right sides facing out as you do in a French seam. For example, when I sewed my lace blouse I used this technique to finish the bottom of my zipper seam. I also like to use it if I forget to start the seam like a French seam, but I don’t have time (or don’t want) to un-pick the seam and start again.
It’s also said to be easier than French seams. For me, they are about the same.
If you’re sewing this technique for the first time, or just want extra practice, use two small rectangles to test it out.
Sew a normal seam. Place your fabric right sides together and sew with a 5/8″ seam allowance.
Press the seam open.
Fold and press the seam allowances in half towards the center seam.
Bring the seam allowances back together and topstitch so that both raw edges are encased in the seam allowance.
And…that’s how you sew a false French seam! It is a super simple way to add some class to your sewing. As with the French seam, I only use this on straight seams. Pressing curved edges in this way could get really tricky.
Check back in next Tuesday for the next post in the series! Also, you can refer to Nap-Time Creation’s Create-Link-Inspire post for lots of other lovely tutorials.