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Understitching Woes
Can't get into corners, seam line end shows when wearing
lynnberry
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Date: 5/23/10 3:52 PM

I am sewing a simple collarless blouse that buttons up the front - it is designed to be worn with the top button open so it rolls to the side, like a lapel. I've attached the facing, and under stitched, but can't get into the very corners at the top center fronts. I normally wouldn't worry about this, but when I try the blouse on and the front drapes open, you can see where I've stopped sewing about an 1" from the top, and then resumed where I could get in there again around the neck.

Is there something I'm doing wrong? Are you supposed to be able to under stitch all the way around a facing?
-- Edited on 5/23/10 3:53 PM --

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Date: 5/23/10 4:16 PM

Lynnberry, most under-stitching is done on facings that are not to be opened so that the facing side show - or the understitching is ended before the visible portion of the facing begins. No... it isn't possible to understitch around a corner like you describe without breaking the stitching line and having a small gap between them. On a collarless button-up the front blouse, I would do a nice top-stitch about 1/8" - 1/4" or so from the edges - up the fronts and around the neckline. This will serve the same purpose as the under-stitching...hold the facing so it doesn't 'peek-out' around the neckline. That way the stitching will look the same on the exterior of the blouse as well as on the turned-back facing side.

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Date: 5/23/10 4:22 PM

I agree. In tops like that I always topstitch all the way around. That way, you don't have any trouble like you described...with a broken line of stitching showing...and the topstitching keeps the facing from rolling out. You can even do it in a contrasting color if you want.

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Date: 5/23/10 7:17 PM

Ah, that makes sense! Thanks!!

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Date: 5/23/10 9:03 PM

I like when directions say "understitch as far as possible."

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Date: 5/23/10 9:28 PM

I just ran into this for the first time on McCall's M6111 today. I was like, "Are you kidding? It's an enclosed area!"

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Date: 5/24/10 1:02 AM

If you want to continue the line of stitching, you can continue it by hand. You don't have to do proper understitching, just run the needle between the layers so that the thread won't show on the right side.

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