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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > what were the hints for finishing stretchy cardigan edges? ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 6/30/13 8:33 AM

Making B5498, a raglan-sleeve open flutter top. 4 Reviews here don't mention facings. To eliminate some facings, how do you finish your edges when the fabric is a soft 2-way stretchy summer weight (no serger)?

Some flutter patterns need the weight of front facings + they show the WS when hanging open. If you use a self-binding edge on the back neckline only, any hints on tying it in at the shoulders without that bulky seam? Maybe there is a video somewhere.

For heavier winter-weight sweater knits and maybe buttons, anyone use ribbon or different front facings? Think winter already, I always need 2 layers in the winter and the stores are getting in winter stock.
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Date: 6/30/13 12:46 PM

I made and reviewed a similar cardi...I left the edges untouched. It looks and wears fine and your knit won't fray.

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Date: 6/30/13 8:35 PM

I did a review HEREbased on these same problems. But if I were sewing this pattern and I were using the shorter sleeves, I'd use several different methods (depending on my mood would depend on what to use) One would be to cut the short sleeve hem a little longer and turn it under and use a decorative stitch close to the edge. Another would be to use a cotton fabric (like what is the facing on my sweater) as hem facing and turn that under and stitch. And another, depending on how heavy the fabric is and what I want it to look like, is to cut the sleeve doubly long and fold it back onto itself; sort of like a half-facing.

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Date: 6/30/13 10:22 PM

I made a knit cardigan and left the edges raw. To stabilize the back neck I used a piece of 3/8" elastic barely stretched and stitched on.
You can fold it under and then taper the SA to nothing at the CF.

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Date: 7/1/13 7:03 AM

Thanks!
Your front facing looks like what they recommend also for converting a pullover to a cardigan and would be less stiff than a ribbon front.

I will sew self-cuffs on the sleeves, as I ended up short on fabric to cut them a full 3/4. This way you can make them tighter for pushing up.
I like finished hems for hanging, just always wary of getting them wobbly with that 4-way stretch of jersey-type fabric.
Any stabilizers that work there?

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