It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with decorative stitches. Over the years, we’ve featured some really unique ones – including the Hinge Seam, Double Topstitch and Single-Piped French Seam. Today we’re adding another to the list.
Introducing the Double-Piped French Seam! It’s unique, beautiful and – best of all – fairly simple to execute. Check out this pictorial to learn how it’s done:
Step 1. Choose material and color for piping and cut strips 1.5″ wide by the length of your panel.
Step 2. Place the strips of material on top of each other so that their faces touch and sew a seam down the center.
Tip: To ensure a perfect seam, draw a line in the center of your upper strip and sew over top.
Step 3. Turn the sewn strips on their side and fold the materials along the seam.
Step 4. Insert welt piping into each fold and sew.
The double piping should look like this:
Step 5. Using a cord foot on your sewing machine, sew your panels onto both sides of the piping.
Step 6. Lay down a top stitch over both sides of the piping.
Here’s the finished product…
And there you have it folks, a Double-Piped French Seam!
The great thing about the Double-Piped French Seam is that it affords you the ability to enhance your project by adding contrasting colors and textures. The piping, panels and thread colors can be mixed and matched in any combination you like.
Keep in mind that the Double-Piped French Seam works best in straight line applications. Attempting a curved version of the seam can be quite challenging. For that reason, and because of its excessive selvage, this seam is not well suited for the bolsters of a seat, but rather on the insert panels where it will lay properly and look its best.