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Posted on: 8/16/07 7:56 AM
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How to finish the edge of a facing nicely has been bothering me for a while. I really don't like the simple hem edge, as a bit thick and bothersome. I tried overlocking the edges and that seemed to be ok, but may not sit too well, even when well pressed, often showing through on the right side.(Not so nice to look at either, and I really like my garments to be as nice inside as outside).

My mother (who taught me to sew :-) simply folds the edge over once and hems that, but I usually sew more fray-ing fabric then she does, but it gave me this idea:

I staystitch the edge of the facing, as it is often curved, and this helps it from stretching out of shape. Then I fold over the facing edge once, (maybe about 1/2 to 1 centimetre using the staystitching as my guide because it is easy and works), press, then do a simple embroidery stitch along the edge. The folded edge is neat, and the density of the enbroidery stops the fabric fraying. It sits very flat. And the effect is so pretty!

I can do it in a contrasting colour if I feel like that effect, and it won't show on the right side. Or simply in the same thread colour as the garment.

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magsann said... (2/5/08 2:50 PM) Reply
Never thought of doing it this way, will give it a go when I next sew a garment with a facing, gives a bit of "pizzaz" to a garment.
bhenson said... (9/15/07 1:09 PM) Reply
This is an interesting option--I think I might try it next time. Another method I use often, especially on a garment (such as a jacket) that might be left open and the facing could be visible, is to sew the interfacing to the facing RST in a 1/8 inch seam along the edge you would usually edge-finish. Then turn the facing & interfacings right sides out and press the seam edge (just the very edge, if it is fusible). Then press the whole facing/interfacing combination and continue as usual with the garment construction. This leaves a very tailored, neatly finished edge to the facing. It is, however, slightly more bulky than your method, especially with heavier fabrics.
Nancywin said... (8/24/07 9:04 PM) Reply
great idea. I often serge mine, but sometimes that's not the look I want. I'm going to try it.
aunt saidee said... (8/23/07 5:50 PM) Reply
Thanks for this good tip: I'd love to see a picture of it.
cathy45 said... (8/18/07 8:59 AM) Reply
What a lovely and practical solution!
kkm said... (8/18/07 7:42 AM) Reply
What a wonderful idea! Simple, flat and pretty. Those lovely touches are what makes sewing (and wearing) so rewarding. Many thanks.
martinanne said... (8/17/07 10:56 AM) Reply
What an interesting idea! I usually serge the edge. I will try your sounds nicer!
PVA said... (8/17/07 9:41 AM) Reply
So *Neat*! Thanks for a great tip!
KempCorr said... (8/16/07 9:53 PM) Reply
What a clever idea. Thanks for posting.
ryansmumAria said... (8/16/07 2:12 PM) Reply
Great idea! Never thought of it but I can see how wonderful this could be. THANKS!
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