How to Edgestitch and Topstitch a Collar LapelFine sewing details vanish from the viewer when they are sewn correctly.
Fine sewing details vanish from the viewer when they are sewn correctly, but when sewn wrong, it screams ‘loving hands at home’. Edgestitching around a collar and neckline is a perfect example. I’ll show you the way to sew it for perfect results.
Edge and topstitch the collar before it is attached to the garment. Edge and topstitch the collar before it is attached to the garment. It is easier to work fine details on smaller section of the garment.
After the collar and facings are sewn to the garment and pressed, edgestitch the front edge of the garment beginning at the bottom left corner. Stitch up the left front, at the neck corner, stop with the needle down and pivot toward the collar. Continue stitching around the neck edge, just below the collar/garment seamline. Finish by edgestitching down the right front to the other hem.
Hint: Edgestitching along the garment close to the neck edge will help compress the thickness that can occur with the layers of the garment, layers of the collar, and the facing. Plus there is interfacing in the collar and on the facing.
The edge stitching gives a flat crisp finish to this area.
Turning the second row of stitching in the wrong place will make an obvious error as seen in the image.
Topstitch the center front 1/4-in. away from the edge of the garment. Again, begin at the bottom left hem, stitch up the left front. Pivot at the neck corner as in the previous step. At the pivot, make sure you are 1/4-in. away from the edge of…