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01-05-2007, 06:45 PM
Were the seams on wool flannel petticoats felled?
Susan Armstrong

Trish Hasenmueller
01-05-2007, 08:16 PM
At the Plain Sewing workshop I attended, we were advised that most seams of flannel were sewn with a running stitch and pressed open and finished flat with a herringbone stitch. I don't know about petticoats specifically of the era but this was for flannel in general and it worked well in my flannel petticoat.

I hope someone who has seen the real thing will chime in.

Trish Hasenmueller

01-06-2007, 09:05 AM
Thanks Trish,
I've used the herringbone stitch on my hems but not sure on a seam for the petticoat as the cotton ones are usually felled.
I have found that using silk thread makes a big difference on wool hems, so much less noticible!

There used to be a few pictures on the net but they seemed to have disappered ;{
I did save a few on our old computer but got a new computer for Christmas and have been assured (?) by DH that he has them and will transfer them to the new!

Carolann Schmitt
01-06-2007, 10:31 AM
Pressing the seam allowances open and securing them with a herringbone stitch seams to be the most common treatment. The second most common, usually on seams using the selvage edge, is to press them to one side.

The "press open, herringbone finish" seems to be used for wool petticoats only.