Video Tutorial: Flat-Fell Seams

26 Aug 2010
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Flat-fell seams are perfect for protecting the raw edges of silk fabrics from abrasion.  Here, Katrina Walker, the author of the article Sewing With Silk (Stitch, Fall 2010), shows how to sew these simple seams in this step-by-step video tutorial.

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bernospencer wrote
on 15 Sep 2010 9:47 AM

I will definitely use this flat fell  seam hint. thank you

starquilter2 wrote
on 5 Oct 2010 7:38 PM

I just found your video and must thank you for making it. Now I understand it so much better.

Thanks again,



dksmith11 wrote
on 28 Oct 2010 12:08 PM

Excellent tip! Thank you; I'll be using this technique!

brenbar wrote
on 14 Nov 2010 7:05 AM

Thank you for sharing!

marijka wrote
on 12 Feb 2011 12:11 PM

Great video! It's important to understand how this seam is created in order to adjust the center back seam on ready-made jeans. I've made lots of money doing this type of invisible alteration rather than the "granny" method of making darts. Just remove the waistband across the small of the back, open the center back seam below the yoke, then cross over the open back edges until you've removed the excess fabric. Fold, trim and interlace the seams and topstitch with topstitch needle, topstitch thread or two strands of regular thread. Reattach the waistband and use a sanding block to rough up the new seam if needed. No one will ever see the alteration!

marijka wrote
on 12 Feb 2011 12:13 PM

P.S.  Forgot to add that you correspondingly reduce the waistband with a seam hidden under a belt loop.

CherryPit wrote
on 9 Oct 2011 9:04 AM

You make it all look very easy.  Thanks!