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Anna Burns
Posted 2010-02-23 4:24 PM (#61395)
Subject: Keeping facings down


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How does everyone else keep their facings down on the tops they have sewn. I have made my first top since my sloper and on the whole I am very pleased with it. But the facings around the neck have a tendancy to roll to the outside. I have stitched them to the seams at the shoulders but how do I deal with the front and back facing poking up over time?
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rosemary
Posted 2010-02-23 5:21 PM (#61398 - in reply to #61395)
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Are you familiar with understitching? After careful clipping of the seams, and pressing the seams to the facing side, you edge stitch the facing and the seams. This won't show on the right side. You can't always do the entire length because of corners but you stitch as far as you can. I'm sure a lot of the sewing guides will explain it - with pictures. You might even be able to google it.
Finish it off with a good press.
HTH
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julie w
Posted 2010-02-23 6:13 PM (#61400 - in reply to #61395)
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Understitching is the way to go, I find this together with an appropriate interfacing (something that matches the drape of the fabric and isn't too stiff) really helps.
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magenta
Posted 2010-02-23 6:31 PM (#61401 - in reply to #61395)
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If I'm making a sleeveless top I make an all-in-one facing in PE. Otherwise, what the others said - understitching.

Sarah
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Anna Burns
Posted 2010-02-24 4:50 AM (#61410 - in reply to #61395)
Subject: RE: Keeping facings down


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Thank you for your replies ladies. I love that you can ask a question here and not feel stupid about it.

I am familiar with understiching and I have in fact done this but do you find that it still pops up? Or maybe its that I am using a interfacing that is too heavy. I made the top from a light weight, quite stretchy knit and the facing seems to big. I will try and take a picture when I get home to show you what I meam becuase I don't think I am expaining myself very well.
Anna
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Olwynmary
Posted 2010-02-24 6:08 AM (#61411 - in reply to #61395)
Subject: RE: Keeping facings down


Understitching never seems to work that wonderfully for me. Nowadays, I either line things or bind them, I have just about completely given up facings except for things like button-front blouses.

Olwyn Mary n New Orleans
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Anna Burns
Posted 2010-02-24 7:06 AM (#61412 - in reply to #61411)
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Olwynmary - 2010-02-24 11:08 AM

Understitching never seems to work that wonderfully for me. Nowadays, I either line things or bind them, I have just about completely given up facings except for things like button-front blouses.

Olwyn Mary n New Orleans


I hadn't thought of that. Maybe I could make a binding from the same material next time and bind it like I would a quilt. I suppose if you need the weight there you would line it?
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rosemary
Posted 2010-02-24 8:17 AM (#61413 - in reply to #61412)
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You can also use a narrow facing and then a lining to say 1/2" of the edge - saves the lining poking out on something like a sleeveless garment. Facings can be annoying.
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rowena___.
Posted 2010-02-24 8:36 AM (#61415 - in reply to #61411)
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i'm with olwyn mary on this one, although i do sometimes use facings i much prefer a lining or a binding.  

understitching isn't for holding things down, it is for rolling the seam.


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Here_Fishey
Posted 2010-02-24 8:43 AM (#61416 - in reply to #61395)
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On the knit shirts that I made with facings, I didn't interface the facings.  I top stitch about an inch from the opening through the top of the shirt and the facing.  This holds it down and makes a nice, neat edge on the knits.
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NancyM
Posted 2010-03-03 3:24 PM (#61540 - in reply to #61395)
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I also topstitch--anywhere from 1/2" to 3/4" from the edge, depending on fabric. I like the look of bindings but can never get mine sewn evenly--the width of binding on wrong side of garment is always uneven, and the stitching not an even distance from edge; also, I always seem to get very bulky places. Can anybody recommend good instructions for applying binding?
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rowena___.
Posted 2010-03-03 3:56 PM (#61541 - in reply to #61540)
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almost all binding instructions are the same but i get best results by using a binder.


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Susan in Miami
Posted 2010-03-03 6:59 PM (#61544 - in reply to #61540)
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Louise Cutting's instructions for binding include NOT pressing the edge of the binding until the very last step so that you don't iron in a crease in the wrong place and make your binding look funky. That really works for me. Louise has 2 great DVDs out with wonderful sewing hints.

Susan

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NancyM
Posted 2010-03-04 10:35 AM (#61556 - in reply to #61541)
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rowena___. - 2010-03-03 2:56 PM

almost all binding instructions are the same but i get best results by using a binder.




On a sewing machine, or on a coverstitch machine? I don't have space for a coverstitcher, but maybe I should think about buying a binder attachment for my Pfaff sewing machine. Does yours work with self-fabric binding, and with varying widths?

Nancy
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rowena___.
Posted 2010-03-04 10:55 AM (#61558 - in reply to #61556)
Subject: RE: Keeping facings down



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i have binders for both, i choose which to use based on what i'm working on.

for my sewing machine i have two different binders, one is the attachment that came with the machine
http://www.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=6968240


and one is a generic.  
http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/supplies/presser+feet/bias+binder+foot+low+shank.do


for the serger i have the ones that are sold for my machine.
http://www.babylock.com/accessories/?Product_ID=BLE8-S2
http://www.babylock.com/accessories/?Product_ID=BLE8-S3
http://www.babylock.com/accessories/?Product_ID=BLE8-S4
http://www.babylock.com/accessories/?Product_ID=BLE8-S5
http://www.babylock.com/accessories/?Product_ID=BLE8-S11




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EasilyAmewsed
Posted 2010-03-04 3:59 PM (#61561 - in reply to #61395)
Subject: RE: Keeping facings down


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Let's say it's knit binding on a knit garment...will a adjustable binder foot on the regular sewing machine do? I have a coverstitch, but not a binder for it yet..it does great hems though. Perhaps I should treat the edge like any other knit ribbing..except it's narrower.
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rowena___.
Posted 2010-03-04 5:02 PM (#61562 - in reply to #61561)
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i would starch the living daylights out of the knit--both the binding and the garment--and then run it thru like a woven.


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