How to make a Run & Fell Seam

This is a strong functional and decorative seam. It is used for heavy weight fabrics such as denim and seam allowances may vary. Use coloured thread for a decorative finish. Reverse the method of construction to place the smoother side next to the body.

PRESS ALL STAGES FOR A SMOOTH, PROFESSIONAL FINISH
  1. Using a 1.5cm seam allowance, place right sides of fabrics together and stitch.
  2. Press seam flat on the wrong side, then press open on the wrong side, then open on right side. Now press both layers of seam allowance to the desired side. Trim away 1cm from the under layer of seam allowance.
  3. Fold a 5mm from the topside seam allowance and press.
  4. Top stitch the folded edge in place. All raw edges will now be concealed.
  5. Extra layers of topstitching may be added for a more decorative finish.
  6. Top press to finish.



Credits
Producing/Demonstrating: Claudette Davis-Bonnick
Filming: Nick Sargent
Editing: Nick Sargent Stills: Nick Sargent, Junior Bonnick
Thanks to: Oliver Furlong, Media Services, CLIP CETL "Making a Difference" funding at the London College of Fashion

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