After doing the tutorial on how to make a French Seam, I had this nagging feeling in the back of my mind. While in school, back in the dark ages, or at least the dim ages, I remembered my professor using the terms French Seam and Flat Fell Seam interchangeably. To alleviate my nagging feeling, I did a Goggle search and found some differences of opinion on the two. Some people lumped the 2 terms together BUT there is a distinction between them, and since my sewing prof could walk on water, I’m going to suspect she knew the difference between them, and back then I did, too! Erroneously, I’ve been calling a Flat Fell Seam a French Seam, and what I refer to as an Encased Seam, really is a French Seam. Confused? Well, you should be, and I’m just feeling awful! Well, okay, not awful, more mildly amused than anything, however, I couldn’t sleep nights unless I rectified my faux pas!
Given the fact that I have the power to erase the past and set things right, I am going to Marty McFly backwards in time and correct my mistakes. Anywhere in the past several posts when I said French Seam, it will now say Flat Fell Seam. (Isn’t editing wonderful?) I will go one step further, though, and actually do a tutorial on a true French Seam. There is on upside to this. Anyone that totally wants to finish off their inside seams of a pair of pants or pajama bottoms (Tina), can now do a Flat Fell Seam on the inside of their pants and a French Seam on the outside of their pants since it does not need to be top stitched.
I apologize for the confusion, and I’m sorry if this reads with as much clarity as directions for setting up computer equipment! In our FREE Open Patterns there will now be a tutorial on Flat Fell Seams and one on French Seams. Hope I haven’t set sewing back 50 years!