How to Sew Basic Seams — Part 3

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Welcome to the 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 you'll have made your own pillow! This video will cover the basic seams and how to form them. Let's get started!

Sailrite's Learning to Sew Series

In Part 2 of the series, we learned how to sew stitches. And today we’re going to use those skills in an application 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 Double Sided Basting Tape
  • How to Choose a Seam Allowance
  • How to Sew an Overlapping Seam
  • How to Use a Magnetic Sewing Guide
  • How to Sew a Semi Flat Felled Seam

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. There are several different methods for sewing a seam, and we’re going to cover two of the most popular options: an overlapping seam and a semi flat felled seam.

Using a magnetic sewing guide

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-1 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-1 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.

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).