a sewing question for the internets
I keep feeling there’s some obvious way to make this simpler, but I don’t know what. Maybe you, O Ever-Wise Internets, do.
I have a circular piece of fabric that needs be sewn onto the surface of another, larger piece. The circle is small (diameter ~3 inches) and has raw edges. Dealing with those is the issue at hand. Bonus points for a solution that minimizes the hassle if I have to remove the circle at a later date and transfer it to a new piece of fabric.
Option 1: backing fabric. Sew the circle to a backing piece, right sides together; clip the seam allowance, then flip it right-side-out, press it flat, slip-stitch the gap closed, and sew the entire thing on. Advantages: raw edges are tucked away permanently; patch can be easily removed and transferred at will. Disadvantages: the same problem I have any time I do the “flip and press it flat” thing, which is getting that seam to actually press all the way out, rather than leaving some amount of fabric folded inward. (Basically, making it look like V rather than W.) This is especially difficult on small items, like narrow bands or the aforementioned circle. Does anybody have general tips for making that work better? If there’s a trick, I certainly don’t know it.
Option 2: tuck the raw edges under. Much like above, except without a backing piece; I clip the seam allowance, iron it under, probably baste those edges into place, and then sew the thing on. Advantages: no trying to stick my fingers into a tiny interior to make things lie properly. Disadvantages: raw edges less well contained — there may be fraying where I clipped things to make it lie flat — and less robust if I transfer it anywhere.
Option 3: edge it with something. The question is, what? My machine can do overcasting, but that doesn’t create a finished edge, just one that’s less likely to fray. A ribbon or other such edging won’t lie flat on a circle this small, so I’d have to take teensy little pleats or something, which, just, no. Whip-stitching the entire edge by hand seems like a pain in the ass.
I really do feel like there’s a smarter way to do this, but my sewing experience is limited enough that I don’t know what it is. Help me, o internets; you’re my only hope.