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« on: March 06, 2014 04:04:47 PM »

So as a beginner this is my first real project in about 13 years. The wording for the first step in making this apron confuses me. It states, "Press under 1/4" on upper edge of pocket. Turn upper edge to OUTSIDE along fold line, forming facing. Stitch along seam line on raw edges; trim to 1/4".

Basically I'm confused about what it's claiming to call facing. The picture shows the pocket from the rights side with the wrong side folded down over it from the fold line. I don't get why you would need to do that because it then states to turn the facing to the inside and sew again. So this is basically stitching the same thing 3 times. Do I just hem the thing on the fold line or am I just not getting it?
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2014 04:56:13 PM »

I would just hem the dang thing LOL . 

Cute apron pattern Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2014 12:46:18 PM »

It would work to just hem it, but you'd wind up with extra layers of fabric at the hem, which can make the pocket look messy.

So they're telling you to seam the edges so the extra fabric is caught between the two layers of the pocket and facing.  The edges will be neater and straighter, especially if you iron it before applying the pocket to the apron (a step I often skip)

I would suggest making an effort to follow these directions; it's a technique that can be useful, and your apron pocket is a good place to practice.

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2014 10:02:35 AM »

If I understand correctly, the instructions say to do this so that, when you peak down into the pocket, it looks neat with a little bit of facing that is hemmed under, looking all trim and nice inside your pocket.  If you don't care if it looks this nice inside your pocket, just hem it under.

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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2014 05:01:31 PM »

oh, and if you just hem the pocket top, when you fold the edges of the pocket in to topstitch it on, there will be raggedy corners sticking up at the top

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