How to Sew Basic Seams — Part 3

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Welcome to the Sailrite® Learning to Sew Series! Are you a brand-new sewer or need a refresher course on basic sewing techniques and skills? We invite you to sew through this seven-part video series with us and learn some fundamental sewing techniques. Part 1 starts with how to set up your machine, and by the end of this educational series you’ll be a sewing master! This video will cover the most popular sewing seams and how to form them. We've got three basic seams to share with you, plus a bonus seam used in upholstery work. Let's get started!

In Part 2 of the series, we learned how to sew stitches. In today’s lesson, we’re going to use those skills and learn how to sew seams. If you’re just joining the series, you can catch up on Part 1: “How to Set Up Your Sewing Machine” (#200627XHT) and Part 2: “How to Stitch” (#200626XHT).

In this sewing basic seams video, you will learn:

  • How to use basting tape.
  • How to use a fabric marking pencil.
  • How to sew the overlapping seam.
  • How to sew the semi flat felled seam.
  • How to sew the full flat felled seam.
  • How to sew the French seam for upholstery work.
  • How to use a sewing guide to create straight stitches.

Seams are used to join two panels of fabric together. They are most often used for sewing larger projects like covers or awnings. They are also used in marine canvas projects such as dodgers, biminis and boat covers. Not only will our video tutorial teach you the most popular canvas and upholstery seams, we’ll also discus the pros and cons of each seam so you know which one to choose based on the project you’re making.

Here we're using the Sailrite Magnetic Sewing Guide to keep our stitches perfectly straight.

For our Learning to Sew Series, we're sewing on the Ultrafeed LSZ Sewing Machine. The Ultrafeed is a portable powerhouse machine with industrial strength. Canvasworkers and sailors alike rely on the Ultrafeed for its unbeatable strength, 3/8-inch foot lift, variable stitch length up to 6mm, all-metal casting and internal components, electronic variable speed foot control, and other superior features. The LSZ sews in both straight and zigzag stitch, something sailors and boat owners find very useful. If you're interested in an Ultrafeed machine, check out our blog "Why Choose an Ultrafeed?" (#300330XHT) to learn more about our powerful, proprietary sewing machine.

Click the video below to learn how to sew basic seams!

If you’d like to learn more about seams, check out our video, "The 3 Most Popular Seams for Canvas" (#200333XHT) featuring the most commonly used seams in canvaswork for more of an in-depth look at seam techniques. When you're ready to move on, head over to Part 4 in the Learning to Sew Series: "How to Finish Edges" (#200624XHT).