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Neck Facing Application (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: Mary Stiefer
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Posted on: 6/6/05 2:40 PM
This information was in two of my reviews and I have been asked to include it in Tips/Techniques. This has always worked for me; however, as you all know, someone may have a better method or find this doesn't work for them.
Hope this helps.

The neck facing is always too long. You need to take a bit of time getting this part right because you don’t want the neck facing sticking out but hugging your chest. I usually try to, before sewing the ends together, pin the neck facing around the neck. When you get to where they should join, then iron each side down.

neckfacing with seam allowance ironed back

This time I cut 2” off the original neck facing. Unpin the neck facing, pin where the iron marks are, and sew about ¼ to ½” in from those marks. That should account for fabric taken up by the pins. Clip the excess fabric off the seam allowance and press the seam open.

Pin where the ironed mark is

Now you can sew the neck facing around the neck. You may have to ease the neck facing in a bit but this way it should hug close to your chest.
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Irene Q said...
So you make the facing a little smaller than the neckline, just like an undercollar is a little smaller? Never thought of that, bet it works like a charm! I'll be using this on my neck facing later today. :-)
6/7/05 7:49 AM
Nickle said...
I like your idea about ironing the seam allowance before sewing it and making it shorter. Thanks for the tip.
6/8/05 6:54 AM
tigger said...
Yes I've had trouble with my neck facing for the infamous Burda WOF twist top - I added the facing and it just looked awful at the back - it hung down if you know what I mean. I removed the facing but I think the damage is done as the fabric doesn't have that good of a recovery. I tried to just fold and do the self facing thing but it's still mishapen. Anyway - so if I make the facing a little smaller and ease it onto the neck then it should avoid this hanging (like it's too heavy for the fabric) affect. Hope I don't sound too confused but I need all the help I can! thanks!
6/9/05 2:25 PM

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