Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bias binding tutorial

I was playing with this vintage ladies blouse and had cut it down to fit a size 2 toddler. I had to remake the neckline in order for it to fit a child. I decided to do a bias binding around the neck, but came up with a different take on the traditional finish.
Here's how I did it:
Make your bias as you would usually do. I did this one 1" x the length needed plus an extra inch, 1/2" for each end to fold in. Press each long side of the bias to the center, then fold and press again. Unfold the bias and pin the raw edge to the neckline and stitch, making a 1/4" seam. Fold the bias over the seam. Instead of hand stitching the edge to the inside , as you would normally do, use the shell tuck function of your machine stitches to sew it down.
That stitch will look like a ladder with the right side missing:
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or something like that!!!
The settings I use on my Babylock Ellageo is w=4.0, L-2.5 and tension 8.0
You should play with your settings to get the one you like.
Stitch all around the neckline , making sure the folded edge of the bias is staying even on the inside of the garment. I didn't have to pin the bias to do this, just held it with my hand, and stitch slowly.
It makes a pretty , decorative finish for something a little bit different.