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How to Finish a Facing Edge

Try this quick, no-bulk method

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There are several ways to finish a facing edge. You can pink it, create a Hong Kong finish, or join the facing edge to a lining. Alternatively, you can try a quick, no-bulk method preferred by garment sewing expert Judith Neukam.

In this video, Judith demonstrates her method for finishing an exposed facing edge. First, she talks about interfacing, which is used with facings. Learn about the many varieties of interfacing and which is right for your project.

This detailed tutorial from Season 2 is one episode in the comprehensive Teach Yourself to Sew series.


Teach Yourself to Sew

Judith 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,…

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