A popular way to make bias tape is to use a tool called a bias tape maker. It has an open end where the fabric slips into the maker that is shaped like a “U.” The fabric spans the whole U and as it goes through the maker the two sides of the U are folded into the center, making single-fold bias tape. Bias tape is a long strip of fabric that has been cut “on the bias ” (at a 45˚ angle). You can cut the strips vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. It comes in various widths. How to use bias tape on a neckline: binding on a neckline. Finishing necklines is a big step in any top or dress. Fold the bias tape over the edge of the fabric. Bias Tape. Preparation of bias strips corners. This is a bias strip with just a single fold down the center.Binding with this tape will give you a top stitching line 1/2 inch from the edge. Unfold the right side flap of your bias tape. Leaving a bit of a tail at the beginning, pin this edge to the right side of your neckline opening. I probably don’t use bias tape as often as I could and the method of cutting it from a square of fabric was shown to me many years ago however I made some … 1/2 inch wide is my favorite and I use 1/4 inch as well. In some cases twill tape can be used instead of bias binding. Bias tape is a trim that is cut on the bias and is used for finishing edges on rounded objects. Dress sewing is so much fun! If you want to make a bias tape then cut it diagonally (on the bias) using 45 degrees angle. After you have pressed the edge, use your sewing machine to sew a straight stitch along the free edge of the bias tape. It finishes at ½” and usually requires stitching along both edges… similar to applying ribbon. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ and press open. 4 bonus tips for binding feet. It works particularly well for bunting – just fold the twill tape in half, sandwiching the fabric triangles in between, then sew in place. Fold the bias strip over the neckline to encase the raw edges. Bias tape can be folded into binding, or stitched around cord to make piping. :) Posted by Kristy at 8:23 AM. Note: you do not need to grade back the seam allowance for this method, as we will be binding the seam allowance. Trim the edges of the tape 1/4″ past the stitching. I just need the narrow strips with enclosed raw edges. You can buy Bias Tape…..but if you want something in a color other than the standard colors they manufacture, you can easily make it. Between the upper and lower parts of folded strips must be small gap. They instruct you to use bias tape on the area that would have had a facing in days gone by, to enclose the raw edge of some parts of a garment. Make sure none of the tape is peeping over the edge. Unfold bias tape and pin to right side of fabric. Leaving a 1/2-inch tab of bias tape extending over the top of the fabric, pin the unfolded bias tape to the next portion of fabric as in Step 2. I have a very detailed tutorial outlining all you need to know about Bias Tape and how to make your own HERE. This trick increases a probability that a sewing machine needle catch second edge of folded tape that is on wrong side of this blanket. The Cottage Garden bunting below, from Homegrown & Handmade on Etsy, is a great example. Cut a piece of bias tape to this length. Bias tape can be purchased in most fabric stores and online, or you can make your own. Extra wide single fold bias tape. There you have it! I didn't need to, probably since most of my presser foot was moving over the bias trim. Easy-to-follow, Step-by-step Instructions to bind and enclose a fabric edge with fewer steps, greater success and less guesswork. When used as a trim, they also provide a decorative color accent to clothing and crafts. ). Now is time to prepare the bias tape using steam iron. Press to finish. How to Use Bias Tape or Ribbon. Using an edgestitch foot, seam guide, or merely eyeballing it, stitch close to the edge of the bias tape. 3) Fold the lengthwise edges toward the center and press to form two more creases. Once you have neatly folded the tape, fold in half again and press. If you are sewing the neck flounce variation of the Ultimate Shift Dress this tutorial will show you an alternate way to sew the armholes, which will leave your dress looking lovely and professional. Cut fabric strips on bias (see this tutorial for tips on how to cut bias strips the easiest way; video included); The fabric strips should be as wide as the larger end of the bias maker and should have a pointy end so you can easily insert and push it through the bias binding maker. Take this measurement and add the total width of the bias tape to it. Bias tape tape and ribbon are used to bind and enclose straight or curved fabric edges. This is done with single fold bias tape. If you have sewn bias tape, read on. Now let’s pick a bias tape to trim out those pockets. Fold the bias tape out away from the fabric to form a 45 degree angle as shown in step 2. Pin, trim and sew as described in previous steps. Just like the single fold above, but this bias trim … I don’t want to make a bias tape. item # OMQ14004 Tiger Tape, Blanket Stitching/Button Hole Stitch, 1/4” Tape x 30 Yards (Marked at 4 Lines Per Inch) item # 109100 Bias Tape Hem Facing 48mm x 2.3M. Some of the cutest sewing patterns use bias-tape-trim: strips of fabric cut diagonal to the fabric selvedges. Bias tape or binding can be used as a finishing method to enclose the raw edge of a neckline. To attach a double fold bias tape fold the tape over the raw edges of your fabric with the wide side of tape on the underside to ensure both edges are caught when top stitching on right side. A popular finish for sleeveless tops, all the raw seams are all enclosed leaving a lovely neat result. With the right side of the binding facing the wrong side of the garment, stitch the binding to the edge using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. item # 109200 Bias Tape Single Fold - 13mm x 3.7M While the idea of using bias fold tape can be a bit intimidating, the benefits of learning how to incorporate it into your sewing projects will soon well outweigh all you fears. Why and Where to Use Bias Tape Bias tape can be used to enclose almost any raw edge of the fabric. Using a 1” bias tape maker, take one end of your tape and feed it wrong side facing up into the wide end. The key to sewing a bias tape neckline is using the right kind of bias tape, pressing after each step, understitching, and shaping the bias tape to the neckline curve with your fingers. A neatly finished edge that also provides a nice coordinating trim. Note: DO NOT fold the seam allowance itself over, use the bias strip to encase the raw edges. *2 packs of double fold bias tape quilt binding 7/8″ OR 6 yards of handmade binding *a mixing bowl or plate, for rounding the corners *binding foot First lay out your piece of fleece and trim off the selvedge edges (the ones with the holes on them are the selvedge edges, one is probably really curled up. Continue moving the bias tape maker down the strip of fabric, pressing as you go, until you reach the other end. This is the flat bias trim with both edges folded in. Inevitably, the raw edges get ratty from handling the garment during construction, and this is a great time to trim those bits away so they cannot escape the confines of the bias tape once it is stitched into place. Use a zigzag or decorative stitch to help keep things together and add even more fun. Then wrap the bias trim around the edge of the oilcloth and start stitching it on. Make sure that the raw edge of the bias tape is folded under so that it will not be visible. Email This BlogThis! For instance, if the neckline measures 18” and the bias tape is 1” wide then: 18+1=19. Trim (if needed) and zigzag stitches; Serge with a two or three-thread stitch; This is to keep edges together when adding the tape. And here are my dresses. If you are attaching the bias tape in a continuous circle (such as a neckline or armhole), measure the edge you are applying bias tape to. Bias tape is best used around armholes and necklines for clothing. 1 using Bias Tape and 3 using Ribbon. Next, you'll sew the binding the the neckline using the seam allowance you trimmed to (most likely 1/4", if you are using a 1/2" bias tape). Especially with all of you sewing along! I love bias-tape-trim, but I’ve struggled with the most efficient way to cut and connect the bias strips. (In fact, if you type “Bias Tape” into my search bar up in the upper right hand corner, a bunch of project will pop up that I have created using Bias Tape. Today we’re going to show you how to use bias binding to finish an armhole. See more ideas about Sewing hacks, Sewing techniques, Easy sewing. Stitch in fold nearest raw edge, stopping 3/8″ before the corner. Press the bias binding and seam allowance upwards and away from the dress/top. I like to trim the raw edges after stitching the bias tape to the garment. Fold the 1/2-inch tab under to the other side of the fabric. If you like, press this one side open. 4) Open up the binding. If your presser foot sticks to the oilcloth, you can put some painter's tape on the bottom of it. Fold bias tape edges together, as shown. Great instructions on using bias tape, I always love reading your tutorials and seeing what you have made. Finish sewing the bias tape to the garment. Because of it’s stretch it allows itself … Iron the tape toward the inside of the garment. Single fold bias tape. It’s normally used for trim, casings and narrow facings. Trim threads. You will be left with double folded bias tape. Step 3: Attach the binding following the instructions above. The binding is fully turned to the back of the fabric in this binding method. Many new patterns do not have full facings. It’s also good to use for rounding corners on things like pot holders. Method 1. How to Sew Mitered Bias Tape Corners. If you are sewing the trim into a seam, you can extend the taped end beyond your seam allowance, then once the trim is secure, trim the trim (hey… I like that, it’s a verb and a noun) flush with the seam allowance. If you have sewn with bias tape, this should look familiar. For woven fabrics, one of the cleanest ways you can finish the neckline is with bias tape. A single fold bias tape and double fold bias tape are both used as accent trims on fabrics. 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