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Inset Seam

An Inset Seam is where three fabric edges meet in one junction, at angles other than 90 degrees, when stitched together. Inset Seams are sometimes called Y-Seams due to the shape of the seam when made. There are many quilt blocks that have Inset Seams. Inset Seams can be sewn by hand or machine.

Benefits of Inset Seams

  • An Inset Seam is necessary in the forming of some quilt blocks
  • Sewing an Inset Seam is a technique that when mastered allows you to make more complex blocks: Attic Windows, Tumbling Blocks and LeMoyne Star or 8 Pointed Star to name a few.

Tools and Supplies for Inset Seam

You'll need the following for an Inset Seam:

  • Basic Sewing Supplies
  • Sewing machine
  • Marking tools
  • Ruler
What I Wish I Knew When I Started using a Inset Seam

An INSET SEAM is not hard if you follow the instructions. There are multiple ways to make an inset seam, so find a technique that works well for you. Be sure to look for pressing instructions to ensure the block will be flat.

Inset Seam Resources