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Learn to Sew Faced Edges

Attach, clip, and understitch for flat and smooth facings

A facing is a piece sewn into a garment to finish the edge and help hold the edge’s shape It is supported by a layer of interfacing. Learn how to sew faced edges in this video demonstration hosted by garment sewing expert Judith Neukam.

Judith explains how facings work. Then she walks through the process of finding suitable interfacing for each sewing project. She shows how to cut, trim, and fuse interfacing to the facing pieces using moisture, pressure, and an iron.

Next comes valuable how-tos for attaching the interfaced facing to the garment. Judith recommends a specific way to clip the seam allowances. Then she shares important information about understitching the sewn-in facing to achieve flat and smooth edges. These techniques help prevent the faced edges from rolling to the right side of your garment.

Learn more about faced edges

Block-Fuse Interfacing to Facings | Sewing Tip

How to Finish a Facing Edge

How to Understitch a Facing

How to Attach an All-in-one Facing


This detailed tutorial is one video in the comprehensive Teach Yourself to Sew series.

Teach Yourself to Sew

Judith, the series host, got her first taste of sewing when she took the free lessons that came with her mother’s sewing machine purchase. Judith was 9 at the time. Soon after, she was sewing her own clothes and feeding her passion for the craft. In her Teach Yourself to Sew series, Judith shares her enduring love of sewing and her invaluable years of sewing experience.

Getting started

She starts with discussing the equipment and the essential sewing notions for anyone who sews. You’ll learn about shopping for fabrics, choosing patterns (including selecting the correct size), and planning the perfect pattern layout. From machine-sewing simple seams to inserting zippers and stitching buttonholes, Judith demonstrates the key steps to making a custom garment.

Discover methods for clean-finishing seam allowances and applying facings so all edges are neat. To add shape to garments, Judith explains how and why to sew darts, and how to gather fabric for volume. Other garment elements, such as sleeves, pockets, and elasticized waistbands, are shown in easy-to-follow video tutorials.

Advancing your skills

When you’re ready to challenge yourself further, tune in to Judith’s overview of couture garments and sewing techniques. Even if you never intend to become the next Coco Chanel, you’ll learn methods that add quality to your everyday wardrobe. Find out how to perfectly match stripes, plaids, and prints; baste seams; and insert underlinings and linings.

Finally, Judith shares the basics of pattern fitting and adjustment. Her method begins at the shoulders, ensuring the garment hangs properly. Follow along as Judith shows how to create a shoulder template that you can use again and again to adjust patterns before cutting the fabric. As a bonus, you’ll even learn how to create a custom dress form so you can fit garments on a body that truly represents your true body shape.

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