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Video: How to Sew a Bias-strip Scarf

Apr 05, 2010

Victoria North and Judith Neukam

Learn how to sew a bias-strip scarf in this step-by-step tutorial. Threads editor Judith Neukam shows you how to cut bias strips, construct your scarf using solvy, and free motion stitch your fabric into a stylish scarf. Teach Yourself to Sew is for beginning sewers or anyone who wants to brush up on their skills. Throughout the year we will demonstrate basic sewing techniques, share tips, and give step-by-step instruction for beginner sewing projects. Click here to purchase the Teach Yourself to Sew Video Series on DVD. TEACH YOURSELF TO SEW Equipment 101 Notions 101 Patterns 101 How a Stitch is Made A Trip to the Fabric Store Fabric 101 Project: Make a Felt Jewelry Bag Knit Fabrics Woven Fabrics Project: How to Sew a Bias-strip Scarf How to Sew a Basic Seam How to Sew French and Lapped Seams Clipping and Trimming Seams How to Mark a Dart How to Sew a Dart Finishing Edges Faced Edges How to Hem Bias Binding Zippers 101

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  1. Lisas365 March 4th

    Hi, could someone tell me what the yardage recommendation would be for this project?

  2. maddykool August 15th

    simply awesum!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. tellybabe May 24th

    How wonderful,can't wait to get going on this! Great way to use up scraps! Thank you once again! x

  4. Guiditta April 17th

    What a beautifully executed video. Thank you so much for this. I'm especially happy that you emphasized experiencing joyfulness of sewing.

  5. pusspuss April 14th

    I am disappointed I cannot play the video all the way through, I only get as far as the bias strips, can anyone help.

  6. mjz April 8th

    I've been sewing for over 40 years and I still learned from seeing this done. Thank you, Judith Neukam, for this and all your contributions to Threads.

  7. artisticblend April 8th

    What a great tutorial! I can't wait to try this. Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. solarity April 7th

    Very cool. Creative and easy. Would it make sense to use dissolving thread to do the grid if you sew a dense free motion design on top? Without seeing the finished scarf you made for more than a second (hint, hint!) it's hard to tell if there's too much stitching. Thanks for the great videos: more please.

  9. User avater SewJoe April 7th

    This is a nice idea, but I agree with ThreadyBear, it would be nice to see a better close up of the finished product for a few more seconds.

    Also FYI, you do not need to drop your feed dogs when using an embroidery/darning/free motion foot. The foot has a spring which operates to pounce the foot up and down with every stitch. Try it, you'll see!

  10. cloudyhn April 7th

    Perfect technique for working on bias. I love it. Thanks for sharing

  11. makeitsparkle April 6th

    I love this series, but I'm a bit disappointed by the use of specialized equipment like a cutting mat and a rotary cutter. I think it would be more helpful to feature projects that can be completed with basic supplies that any beginner will have on hand. We don’t want to frustrate people who are testing the hobby with a large outlay for supplies.

  12. Readbks April 6th

    I haven't sewn in years, and I was a novice when I did. I am enjoying this series of videos so much--they are very inspiring and helpful. Thank you!

  13. copperleaf April 6th

    I'm not a beginner, but this is a cool idea. I'm going to try the technique to make yardage, probably out of my hand dyed silks. What a fabulous jacket with the fringe ends all around the bottom. Wear it over a silk tank and wide leg black pants--instant dress up.

  14. User avater clothsurgeon April 6th

    after years and years of sewing perfect i have to relearn the art of scrapping....I LOVE IT

  15. User avater rubyellen April 6th

    What a wonderful idea, I can hardly wait to make one or two... Thanks for sharing.

  16. carpediemDW April 5th

    You were reading my mind! As a self taught (and still learning)crafter, I've been experimenting with making scarves and have been stymied as to how to "compose" in silk. This is EXACTLY what I need! Thank you so much for your clear explanation.

  17. RenaM April 5th

    What a great video on a great idea. Thanks for taking the time to share your love of sewing with those of us in cyber land. This gets me thinking up many new scarves and helps my practice my free-motion stitching.

  18. tootsie2008 April 5th

    Very well done video. I hope there will be more.

  19. User avater froglegs1 April 5th

    Hi, Love these videos,lessons and tips, even though I've been sewing for about 35-years, I find that there is always something more to learn. Thank you.

  20. MameJohnston April 5th

    Thanks sew much for sharing your knowledge with all of us here in cyberland!

  21. quixotesmom April 5th

    I agree with treadybear. I would like to see a better example of the completed scarf. It looks very thick and has way too much stiching on it.

  22. ThreadyBear April 5th

    Wonderful videos overall. I would like to see the finished item close up for a few seconds and from different angles. It was frustrating to watch the whole process and then get just a teeny glimpse at the end!!

  23. User avater sewinggal1 April 5th

    This is so cool, thank you for taking the time to make this video!

  24. User avater natsnasus April 5th

    This is a great idea! Now I know what to do with all the hems I've cut off prom dresses and saved for all these months! Thanks!

  25. Chesna April 5th

    This is wonderfully fun looking but...there's always more to it than you think!

  26. Linda58 April 5th

    Just wonderful! As a beginner this video has answered many questions that I have had regarding how to cut bias strips, water soluble stabilizers and free motion sewing. I love this Teach Yourself to Sew series! Thank You.

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