How to Sew Bias Binding
Bias binding is an excellent thing to have on hand as it can be used for making piping, covering edges and creating facings. It comes in many different widths and folds as well as fabric types. You can even make your own!
For some garments, you may want to use bias binding to finish the edges instead of facings. This is an excellent idea for thin or sheer fabrics. There are two ways to do this: one is decorative and functional, the other simply functional. The Sorbetto top uses bias binding as a decorative facing.
In place of a regular facing, use these instructions to attach bias binding to your garment. Remember that you can use whatever color fabric you like, but if using a thin or sheer fabric, try to use a lightweight fabric. This will keep any curves from waving or standing away from your body.
- single fold bias tape
- Place a pin at the center back. About 1″ away from the center back, pin the bias tape open, leaving 2″ of tape hanging. Walk the tape around the neckline carefully, pinning as you go.
- Pin the tape at least 1″ away from center back. Snip off a 2″ tail.
- Sew along the first fold of the tape. Take care not to pull at the garment or the tape.
- After you finish sewing the tape, put the two ends together and lay it against the garment. You’re figuring out where to stitch the tape together. Place a pin in the tape, marking where you’ll sew them together.
- Sew the tape together. Stitch closely to the pin but make sure not to stitch on it.
- Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ and press open.
- Finish sewing the bias tape to the garment.
- Iron the tape toward the inside of the garment. Make sure none of the tape is peeping over the edge.
- Using an edgestitch foot, seam guide, or merely eyeballing it, stitch close to the edge of the bias tape. Trim threads. Press to finish.