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Trouble with Facings

paulette | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I am trying to make a pair of overalls( jumpsuit) in corduroyhttp://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5167.htm for my grandaughter and I am having trouble getting the lining with interfacing matching up to the fabric. I finally wound up placing my  corduroy on top of the lining to trace and cut out. I was careful on cutting everything and my center seam allowance was correct. I did use a serger so I’m wondering if perhaps the the fabric needed more give( the facing was too wide) and the serger made it too tight.

Also wonder if anyone has a hint of how to sew the curved seams accurately. I tried by measuring out a seam allowance but my curves were not  as good as they should be.  

BTW does anyone know of any good sites for sewing for children? 




  1. IHolmes | | #1

    Did the pattern call for you to line it? If you're serging it, why line? Quicker to just finish off the edges then sew. Hope this helps. Irene

    1. paulette | | #2

      Yes the pattern called for lining the "bib" part of the overalls so that you could turn it inside out and have finished look.

      I'm new to using my serger and I'm not certain how I would finish the bib part just using the serger. I used the serger for the inside seams but my sewing machine for attaching the facing. 

  2. Teaf5 | | #3

    Part of your problem may be the nap on the corduroy, which when pressed, will push either itself or the lining fabric down the nap. If you can adjust your pressure foot tension, loosen it until it barely holds the fabrics in place without pressing hard on them. Then let the stitches pull the fabric through, guiding lightly with your fingers so that the thread is holding the "loose sandwich" of fabrics together.

    Sewing curves is always easier with a slightly shorter stitch and a very relaxed hand; somehow, the harder you try, the more likely you are to get jerky angles instead of a smooth curve. To get more comfortable with the feel of curves, try practicing on scrap paper without thread in the machine; sometimes, if you hold the fabric on the inside of a curve, you can get it to feed more smoothly through the curve as it pivots around your finger.

  3. HeartFire2 | | #4

    I'm not really sure what you are asking here, did you interface the lining? the interfacing should be attached tot he fabric not the lining. Also, you might be able to get away without interfacing the bib area if its corduroy.

    But, to answer your question, baste the areas to be sewn on the serger by hand first, that way you will avoid any slippage problems, I would also first sew it on the machine and then serge off the edge if needed. Mark all the SEWING lines carefully and baste along the sewing lines.

    <<I am having trouble getting the lining with interfacing matching up to the fabric.>>


    1. paulette | | #5

      Putting the interfacing on the polyester lining was a mistake I see now. The instructions were confusing. It said to put the interfacing on the fabric and what they seemed to show  were the lining pieces.  Both the corduroy and lining are fabric so I assumed it was the lining. .Too, later illustrations seemed to show the interfacing on the lining also. Guess I'm too literal.

      Anyway, your'e right.. the corduroy has enough body.

      I appreciate all of the responses. 


      1. HeartFire2 | | #6

        Glad we could help, I hope you got the overalls made before your granddaughter grew out of them!

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