Serger French Seam Tutorial

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French Seam Step-Outs

Did you know April is National Serger Month? I have a great serger technique to share with you in honor of this occasion – the serger French seam. Designed to enclose and hide raw edges, French seams can add such a beautiful, professional-looking finish to your sewing projects. Best of all, they can easily be created with your serger. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to master this heirloom technique:

Serger Settings:
Three-thread rolled hem
Stitch length: about 2.0
Differential feed: .7 to 1 (normal)

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Figure 1

1. Place the fabrics wrong sides together and serge using a rolled hem (L=2.0) (fig. 1)

2. Fold the fabrics, right sides together with the serged seam along the fold.

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Figure 2

3. Using a straight stitch (L=2.0) by sewing machine (and a pintuck foot, edge joining foot or baby piping foot), stitch against the serged seam. (fig. 2). This stitch will enclose the serged seam between the two fabric layers creating a very small French seam. According to the foot being used, adjust the needle position as needed to stitch close to the serged seam.

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2 thoughts on “Serger French Seam Tutorial

  1. Cheryl

    The idea is appealing, but it doesn’t seem necessary to me. It doesn’t save any steps and it uses much more thread and may add more bulk to the French seam. The raw edges will be encased in the seam either way.


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