Learning to Sew: How to Sew Basic Seams

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If you are new to sewing or you’re interested in a short refresher course, this tutorial video is exactly what you need! Sewing seams is a major part of marine canvaswork. Seams are used to join two panels of fabric together or when sewing a vinyl window into a dodger or enclosure panel.


In our video tutorial we’re going to demonstrate the three most popular seams. The first one is the overlapping seam, which is the easiest and simplest of the three. Then we’ll show you how to sew the semi flat felled seam and, finally, the full flat felled seam. Not only will we demonstrate how these seams are constructed, but we’ll also discuss the pros and cons of each seam so you can decide for yourself which one is best for your DIYs.



Here’s a quick comparison of the seams with some of their benefits listed.


Each seam definitely has its advantages and uses. The full flat f elled seam is the strongest and most water-resistant seam, but it requires the most fabric usage. The overlapping seam is easier and faster to sew, but both rows of stitches are exposed to the sun, meaning there’s potential for your seams to weaken and break from UV damage sooner than with the other two seams. It’s important to learn how to sew all three seams so you can determine when to use them for your next marine project.

Be sure to explore the Sailrite website for other great how-to tutorials and techniques. And, of course, browse our selection of high-quality marine fabric, notions, hardware and more!