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Date: 9/20/13 1:54 PM

are there any tips or tricks to topstitching and closing facings? everytime i try topstitching the facing from the front -my inner facing moves and the seam allowance doesn't get caught in the topstitching. I even made my seam allowance 1/2'' and it still does it. I think that it's moving because it's 1) caught on the bias and two the feed dogs but i'm not sure. should i have put the interfacing on the inner fabric seam allowance? should i just blind hem the inner facing?

btw i'm just a rayon suiting fabric if this make a diff.

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Date: 9/20/13 4:47 PM

Edgestitching or topstitching? Understitching? Are you trying to make sure all seam allowances are sewed to the facing or are you edgestitching from the top to keep the facing from rolling out and want to keep it hidden or are you topstitching at a set distance from the edge for style?

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Date: 9/20/13 8:18 PM

edge stitching ( sorry didn't realize there was another name for it)

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Date: 9/20/13 9:17 PM

When you edgestitch or understitch use your edgestitching foot...a foot with a rudder down the center, it keeps the fabric under the foot so you are less likely to have things shift underneath

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Date: 9/20/13 10:31 PM

Try understitching first, before you do the topstitching/edgestitching. That will keep the facing in place so that your topstitching will be nice and neat.

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Date: 9/21/13 7:03 PM

Understitch - Try pressing, pressing mind you, really well first. First flat as you've just sewn it, then with the facing and the seam allowances to one side. You may need to clip into the curves a bit at this stage - clip each layer separately, in opposite directions - so that the clips are staggered a bit. Sew with the facing uppermost and use your fingers to keep 'combing' the seam allowances out. Press, rolling facing slightly to underside. Should work.
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Date: 9/21/13 7:17 PM

Top stitching- with or without understitching. Press flat as just sewn, press open with facing and seam allowances to one side, roll the facing to the back, press - making sure the facing is just below the front line. Pin. With the right side of the garment up. Sew with the edge of the garment against the edge of your presser foot (I use my normal foot) with the needle position on the far left. Practice on some scraps to find which width you are happiest with. If your machine won't readily move needle position - find a marking on the foot plate to follow that gives you the desired width and make sure that your fabric is always at that line!! For topstitching - a longer stitch length and or a thicker thread works best.

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