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A trick for finishing an interfaced facing
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Date: 12/12/12 9:45 PM

It can be hard to finish a facing nicely, especially if you don't have a serger/overlocker. It's only one layer, and usually horrible to turn-and-stitch.

Here's a fantastic trick for finishing, which I found here: sew the long edges together, right sides together (if your interfacing's fusible, make sure the glue side is facing out!). Then turn them the right way out, give the seam a little press to get it into the right shape, and press your interfacing to your facing.

It's changed my life.

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Date: 12/12/12 10:16 PM

Love this method. Thank you for the link.

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Date: 12/12/12 10:40 PM

Thank you so much for this tip! I'm also glad you explained it thoroughly in your post, since I was still a bit unsure after viewing at the link. I'm still fairly new to working with woven facings and interfacings and this will definitely look neater/cleaner than the serged edge I used.

If it's not already somewhere in PR's "tips & techniques" section I think this would be a great addition to it!

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Date: 12/13/12 0:18 AM

Wow! What a great tip. Thank you for sharing.

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Date: 12/13/12 10:34 AM

Thank you for this tip. It is a great improvement over any other way I have used.

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Date: 12/13/12 10:40 AM

I have read all three links plus this post and I still do not completely get it..... I get what the outcome should be, I think (which is simply wonderful) but I am still not understand the technique to get there!

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Date: 12/13/12 11:53 AM

Materialgirl, try this,

Facing a Facing, Threads magazine

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Date: 12/13/12 12:32 PM

Thanks so much for this tip! Looks so much nicer that serging! That's what I love about sewing; always something new to learn!

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Date: 12/13/12 1:14 PM

I was confused also until coming back and reading Dragonzflame post again (and again). Perhaps I'm wrong but as I understand it instead doing the usual - (i.e. placing the sticky fusible side down to the wrong side of the facing and ironing the two pieces together first), you instead place the un-sticky, non- fusible side against the right side of the fabric (wrong sides out) and stitch along the outside/outer edge of the facing piece (the edge where you would typically serge or edge finish somehow *after* fusing the pieces together).

After stitching along the outer edge, you would then fold the facing/interfacing piece inside out (like if making a pillow and leaving a side open to flip inside out), so that both the right sides of the interfacing and facing fabric are facing out, and the fusible side of the interfacing and wrong side of facing are enclosed inside of the piece. It should now show a finished outer edge that looks like a finished side seam from the outside.

At this point you will still need to place the iron on the facing piece to *fuse* the insides pieces together and then finally attach the raw inner edge to the neckline correctly.

This is the explanation that finally clicked with me and I hope it makes sense (and I also hope I'm understanding it correctly since I have yet to try it!

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Date: 12/13/12 4:38 PM

Exactly like that!

You just need to give the seam a gentle press to get it nice and flat after you turn it, before you fuse the pieces together. Just as you would when you turn any seam the right way out.

When I tried it, I couldn't believe how much better it looked than any other method I've ever used, and I think everyone should know about it ;-) The best part is that you don't get any scratchy thread next to you.

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