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best alternative to facings....?
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Date: 1/31/13 6:08 PM

There are those among us who prefer not to use facings, especially neckline facings. If that's you, what's your favorite alternative? Say, for a cotton voile top, or drapey rayon. Or do you use a whole range of different stuff?

Thanks in advance!

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Date: 1/31/13 7:13 PM

I use a range depending on what I have at hand and what I think might work best at any particular moment.

Some of my favorite methods at the moment is serging the raw edges and then turning twice..the served edge gives you a nice lip so you can turn the fabric without tears.

i also love adding a strip pf stretchy fabric doubled to the outside of the garment and then turning it to the inside for a nice tidy finish.

bias strips are nice as well. Mostly I hate facings for entirely irrational reasons. they seem deeply wasteful to me in most cases.

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Date: 1/31/13 7:56 PM

My favorite is bias bindings. I don't like facings either. Even when I understitch the facing still wants to roll to the outside.

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Date: 1/31/13 10:12 PM

I will often just fold and hem the edge, sometimes dressing it up with some lace or ribbon.

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Date: 1/31/13 11:33 PM

I usually replace facings with a bias binding. Sometimes I will use the serge, turn twice and top-stitch method, but I usually want something a little more secure. I don't like facings because they make me feel like my clothes are homemade (which is silly, I know, but it bothers me when they look different) and because they are forever flipping out.

I don't use storebought bias tape, which never feels right to me. I make my own from self or contrasting fabric - if you are going to sew it to the inside, you don't even see the contrast, and it makes a fun professional finish!

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Date: 2/1/13 4:15 AM

I like facings but don't use them exclusively. On sheers, it wouldn't look right to see a facing line through. If the sheer fabric is to be lined, I'll often face with the lining. If its to be left sheer, no lining, it depends on the fabric and the shape of the piece to be neatened. I like the finish of a stretchy strip, doubled, overlocked and top stitched as already mentioned. I can rarely get a good finish with the baby hem method, binding is a bit of a last resort for me.
To stop facings rolling out by the way, I sometimes use the combined neck and armhole facing - that pretty much always stays put. Otherwise, understitching, and catching to the seam allowances inside seems to work ok. Hope you find a nice solution for your project.

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Date: 2/1/13 6:30 AM

If it's something like a neckline or armholes on a silk top, I'll do a narrow bias edge.

If it's a knit, like a neckline on a teeshirt, I'll either serge a folded band on, or use my coverstitch binder if I'm feeling adventurous (if it's activewear, I always use the binder as it's a flatter finish less prone to chafing).

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Date: 2/1/13 7:52 AM

Thank you so much--these are very appealing ideas!

I'm tempted to initiate a "finish-a-long" to make myself try each of them in succession, but for now I'll just list methods/materials you've suggested:

>Folded and hemmed with lace or ribbon

>Serge, turn twice, and topstitch

>Doubled stretchy fabric strip attached to right side and turned to inside (overlocked and topstitched? Used for wovens as well as knits?)

>Bias strips

>Narrow bias

>Coverstitch binder (special attachment)

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(Stitchywitch) I don't use storebought bias tape, which never feels right to me. I make my own from self or contrasting fabric


I remember seeing a thread about this--it sounds appealing, especially if the strips can be made from scraps. The commercial strips just don't give you much choice or fiber or texture (though ribbon would probably be better....hmmm).

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(Sarah in NYC) Mostly I hate facings for entirely irrational reasons. they seem deeply wasteful


Yeah--though I'd probably try to legitimize that with "aesthetic" rather than "irrational." If the shirt could talk, I imagine, it would say "Look. Line me, or don't line me, but leave off those flappy half-measures...."

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Yards purchased: 46.3

"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

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Date: 2/1/13 8:00 AM

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(petro)To stop facings rolling out by the way, I sometimes use the combined neck and armhole facing - that pretty much always stays put. Otherwise, understitching, and catching to the seam allowances inside seems to work ok. Hope you find a nice solution for your project.


I'll look up the combined neck and armhole facing. Maybe that or partial lining would be the best for some projects. Thanks!

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Jeanne
2014 yards in inventory: (to be counted)
Yards cut/sewn:58
Yards purchased: 46.3

"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

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Date: 2/1/13 9:23 PM

I just saw Angela Wolfe on TV today taking about using petersham- fold it over like FOE.

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