|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.