Learning a new seam finish, especially when hand sewing, is best done on fabric scraps before attempting a garment.
- To get started, use 2 rectangle pieces of fabric, about 3"x5".
- Place the squares with the wrong sides together and long sides lined up evenly.
- Use a threaded hand sewing needle to sew a line of back-stitching 5/8" from the fabric's raw edge, pick one of the long edges to get the most practice.
- Open out the body og the rectangle fabric.
- Slide the tip of a pair of scissors between the layers of the 5/8" seam.
- Trim off the top layer of seam fabric 1/4" from the seam.
- Wrap the longer, uncut seam fabric around the newly cut shorter edge and finger press it down flat against the body of the rectangle fabric.
- Use pins, if you prefer to sew with pins, or just work the fold into place as you sew if you do not enjoy using pins.
- Hand sew a scond line of back-stitching about 1/16" from the folded edge that wraps around the cut shorter edge.
- If you used pins, go ahead and remove them as you sew so you don't end up poking your hand.
- When you are confident that you have this seam finish down, pick a pattern and some fabric and cut everything otu according to the pattern's directions.
- Instead of putting the fabric pieces together with the wrong sides out, put them together with the right sides out.
- Sew the seams in the order the directions recommend, just take the time to hand sew the flat-felled seam finish you practiced on the fabric scraps. Expect it to take a lot longer than sewing with a machine.
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