How to Finish a Facing's Raw Edge with Fusible Interfacing

Easy-to-follow, Step-by-step Instructionsfor finishing a facing's raw edge 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. Steps 7 & 8 describe the differences.

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What You Will Need for this Finish a Facing's Raw Edge Tutorial

  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Fusible Interfacing

Procedure

Before you begin, we encourage you to read-through all the steps, as well as the safety information at the bottom of this page.

Step 1: How to Bind and Enclose a Fabric Edge with Bias Tape or Ribbon - a free SewNeau tutorial
Step 1After having cut facing and interfacing, place non-stick side of interfacing against right side of facing.

Step 2: How to Bind and Enclose a Fabric Edge with Bias Tape or Ribbon - a free SewNeau tutorial
Step 2Pin together outer un-notched edges of interfacing and facing

Step 3: How to Bind and Enclose a Fabric Edge with Bias Tape or Ribbon - a free SewNeau tutorial
Step 3Stitch a 1/4" seam allowance along entire outer un-notched edge, back-tacking at the beginning and end of the seam.

Step 4: How to Bind and Enclose a Fabric Edge with Bias Tape or Ribbon - a free SewNeau tutorial
Step 4With pins removed, clip through both facing and interfacing, approximately every 1/2", along entire length of seam allowance. Keep clipping short.

Step 5-A: How to Bind and Enclose a Fabric Edge with Bias Tape or Ribbon - a free SewNeau tutorial
Step 5 A (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 5-B: How to Bind and Enclose a Fabric Edge with Bias Tape or Ribbon - a free SewNeau tutorial
Step 5 (B)New seam is close to and parallel with existing seam and through the seam allowance.

Step 6: How to Bind and Enclose a Fabric Edge with Bias Tape or Ribbon - a free SewNeau tutorial
Step 6Turn 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: How to Bind and Enclose a Fabric Edge with Bias Tape or Ribbon - a free SewNeau tutorial
Step 7 (Fusible Interfacing) 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 9: How to Bind and Enclose a Fabric Edge with Bias Tape or Ribbon - a free SewNeau tutorial
Step 8 (Non-fusible Interfacing Only)Baste the remaining open edges together rather than fusing them as shown above.

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Raw Edge Finishing with Fusible Interfacing - How to - a free SewNeau tutorial