The raw edge of the seam allowance is enclosed in a secondary seam.

Suitable For

    Light weight fabrics and fabrics that are prone to raveling. Ideal for items that will have visible seams.


    Produces a very neat, clean, finish. Raw edges will not ravel because they are completely encased.


    Adds bulk to the seam allowance, making it unsuitable for medium to heavy weight fabrics. A little
    complicated to make. Somewhat time consuming. Requires precise sewing.

How to Make

    Assuming your item has a 5/8” seam allowance, place your fabric pieces wrong sides together. Stitch 3/8”
    from the edge. Trim the seam allowance down to about 1/8”. Press the seam allowance open. Fold the item
    right sides together at the seam line, then press. Stitch 1/4” from the folded edge. Press the seam
    allowance to one side.

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