Fusible Interfacing - Finish a Facing’s Raw Edge

Finish & Conceal the Raw Edge of a Facing Tutorial, courtesy of SewNeau.comEasy-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

  1. Sewing Machine
  2. Iron
  3. Pins
  4. Thread

Procedure

Step 1 - Finish & Conceal the Raw Edge of a Facing Tutorial, SewNeau.comStep 1

After having cut facing and interfacing, place non-stick side of interfacing against right side of facing.

Step 2 - Finish & Conceal the Raw Edge of a Facing Tutorial, SewNeau.comStep 2

Pin together outer un-notched edges of interfacing and facing.

Step 3 - Finish & Conceal the Raw Edge of a Facing Tutorial, SewNeau.comStep 3

Stitch a 1/4" seam allowance along entire outer un-notched edge, back-tacking at the beginning and end of the seam.

Step 4 - Finish & Conceal the Raw Edge of a Facing Tutorial, SewNeau.comStep 4

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.

Step 5a - Finish & Conceal the Raw Edge of a Facing Tutorial, SewNeau.comStep 5

(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.

Step 5b - Finish & Conceal the Raw Edge of a Facing Tutorial, SewNeau.com

 

(B) New seam is close to and parallel with existing seam and through the seam allowance. (Shown from Underside)

Step 6 - Finish & Conceal the Raw Edge of a Facing Tutorial, SewNeau.comStep 6

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.

Step 7 - Finish & Conceal the Raw Edge of a Facing Tutorial, SewNeau.comStep 7

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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