The Turned Under Seam Finish

One of the simplest ways to create a neat finish on the inside of your projects and ideal for beginners

Continuing on in the series about how to sew seams, for those of us without a serger.

Today, a simple one suitable for lots of applications and one I remember being taught in school a long, long time ago.  Even if you have the simplest of sewing machines that only does a straight stitch, you can still get a neat result with this seam.  I’ve seen this called either the Turned Under Seam Finish or a Clean Finish seam.

If you have a stable fabric that holds a crease well, this easy finish creates a nice neat look on the inside with minimal fuss and fancy stitching.  Raw edges are protected and hidden.

 One of the simplest ways to create a neat finish on the inside of your projects and ideal for beginners1.  Sew your seam as usual.

2.  Press seam open.

One of the simplest ways to create a neat finish on the inside of your projects and ideal for beginners

3.  Turn under raw edges 1/4 of an inch and press again neatly.

4.  Try to make each side equal width for the neatest finish.

One of the simplest ways to create a neat finish on the inside of your projects and ideal for beginners

5.  Stitch a line of regular stitches through the seam allowance only, on both sides.

6.  Press again so the seam lies nice and flat.

Done!  Makes your seams look nice and neat on the inside if you aren’t using a lining.

Next in the series – Overcasting as a seam finish. Looking for previous seam finishes?

Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy

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6 Responses to The Turned Under Seam Finish

  1. France says:

    I just discovered your seam series through Inspired Us Thursday and I’m so glad I did. I read the four parts to discover that I didn’t know the Flat Felled Seam. I’m happy to have learned this one. Thank you for those posts!

  2. jocieopc says:

    thanks so much for linking up at Creativity Unleashed last week! featuring you tomorrow on the blog as our weekly as space winner!

  3. Kathi Riemer says:

    This would be nice to give your item a really nice finish. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Cheri says:

    I have been sewing for 50 years and I remember back in high school junior year..I babysat for a lady. She showed me this technique and called it “french seams”. I remember thinking…good grief, what a waste of time and thread. Just zigzag the raw edges and be done with it!”. I never did it…until now! I stopped making clothes but make tote bags and other things and this finished seam technique is who I finished the seams…works perfectly and makes things look great!
    cheri

    • Deby Coles says:

      I entirely agree. When I was first learning to sew, all I wanted to do was get it all finished super quick and wear it or use it. Now I get as much pleasure out of the process of making it, and making sure even the hidden parts are beautiful too.

  5. Lorna says:

    That is a brilliant tip – thank you so much.

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