Fusible Interfacing - Finish a Facing’s Raw Edge
Easy-to-follow, Step-by-step Instructions
Quicker, Easier Method Using Fusible Interfacing
Most patterns instruct you to apply interfacing to the corresponding fabric facing pieces, then “finish” the raw edges. This “How To” combines those steps and produces a cleaner, more professional, appearance.
Although these instructions have been written for use with fusible interfacing, they can be adapted to non-fusible. See Step 8 of the instructions.
How to Finish & Conceal the Raw Edge of a Facing
Quicker, easier method using fusible interfacing
What You Will Need
- Sewing Machine
After having cut facing and interfacing, place non-stick side of interfacing against right side of facing.
Pin together outer un-notched edges of interfacing and facing.
Stitch a 1/4" seam allowance along entire outer un-notched edge, back-tacking at the beginning and end of the seam.
With pins removed, clip through both facing and interfacing, approximately every 1/2", along entire length of seam allowance. Keep clipping short.
Do not cut the stitching.
(A) With the facing right side up and seam allowance folded to the interfacing side (see underside view below) stitch close to existing seam. Stitch entire length, being sure to sew through both seam allowance and interfacing.
(B) New seam is close to and parallel with existing seam and through the seam allowance. (Shown from Underside)
Turn sticky side of interfacing against wrong side of facing, covering the seam allowance. Fold on existing seam. (Not Shown) Smooth-out 2-piece assembly with hands, re-trimming any uneven open edges.
Fuse interfacing to facing. Be sure to use a setting on your iron that will not damage the fabric. Raw edge of seam allowance is hidden and edge of 2-piece assembly is finished.
Step 8 (Non-fusible Interfacing Only)
Baste the remaining open edges together rather than fusing them as shown above.
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