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Tips & Techniques > Getting a smooth curve when finishing a facing

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Posted by: EvLouise

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Posted on: 6/2/09 10:32 PM
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To get a smooth curve on facings I put my pressure foot on the edge of the fabric and use a regular zig zag stitch. I set my machine so the needle stops in the fabric and every once in awhile I will lift the pressure foot and gently pivot the fabric. Press the zig zag stitches. Using pinking shears pink the very outside edge. Pinking shears are my best friend when it comes to curves! Pin the edge up by folding the fabric along the zig zags. Now straight stitch the edge down. Press again for a smooth finish. The zig zag is the perfect guide to curve the fabric around. Also, lots of fabric tends to fray when cut on a curve, so the zig zag helps prevent that.

This method works good for curved pockets too.

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mary in FL said... (8/29/09 12:53 PM) Reply
Could you post pictures of this process? Some of us are visual learners. Thanks!
regine said... (6/7/09 3:31 PM) Reply
Sorry, I cannot understand what you are getting at.
purplebouquet said... (6/3/09 12:45 PM) Reply
Forgive me, I am a bit dense here. Some things are confusing to me. I would be grateful for more information as this does look like a great tip. Do your instructions refer to a single layer of fabric or the wrong sides of a double that are then turned over? If you're zig-zaging along the edge, why do you need to trim with pinking shears?
KempCorr said... (6/3/09 9:07 AM) Reply
This sounds like a good tip, but I can't visualize what you are doing when you say "pin the edge up" and "straight stitch the edge down". Adding a couple photos would be very helpful
SoVintage said... (6/3/09 8:58 AM) Reply
Thanks for that tip, I will be trying it on my current project
librarylady said... (6/3/09 8:12 AM) Reply
Great idea... will be using this often.
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