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From: sewnew2
Date: 05-31-2004, 08:20 PM (1 of 4)
Hi all,

I am new to serging and sewing in general. I am making the facings for
a blouse, and the pattern says to overcast the facing's edges up to
the shoulder.

My question is when I overcast the (already cut-out) piece's edges, should I disengage the blade? Or
should I trim just a very little bit off the edge while overcasting it?

I will use a 3 thread overlock, is this appropriate? It is a light to
medium weight woven fabric, single layer plus fused interfacing.

Thank you for any suggestions!
User: sewnew2
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 70
From: dmoses
Date: 05-31-2004, 08:58 PM (2 of 4)
Hi Heather,
A 3-thread overlock sounds fine. I would leave the blade engaged...just take your time. :bluesmile
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 05-31-2004, 09:24 PM (3 of 4)
Heather,I agree with Donna.. Leaver the blade engaged and just trim off a thread or two... Easier to guide your fabric this way.. If you try to stitch and not trim, you may end up with loops hanging off edge of your fabrics and that looks sloppy and does not hold well.. So, I sew and trim ... neater and takes a lot less time...:cool:
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: sewnew2
Date: 05-31-2004, 10:43 PM (4 of 4)
Thank you, Donna and Libby;

I will leave the knife engaged, and will try to trim just the smallest bit as I go! :bluesmile
User: sewnew2
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 70
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