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Video: Bias Binding

Jun 07, 2010

Victoria North and Judith Neukam

One way to finish your garments is by binding your edges with bias strips. Senior Technical Editor Judith Neukam explains how to use bias strips, and demonstrates attaching them to the edge of your garment. 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. misfited July 21st

    So many tutorials on binding show working on a straight flat piece of fabric. These are useful for the basic idea but there is a better way demonstrated by Louise Cutting in the Insider Techniques DVD in which you don't press the folded bias until the last step - allows for the natural roll of the cloth and makes a very lovely and professional looking bias binding. Check out Louise's guide on bias bindings on the DVD.

  2. User avater unbiased August 3rd

    Teach Yourself to Sew will be on my favorites list. The bias binding episode has helped to refresh my classroom experience on applying double bias binding to a jacket.
    The piano intro is light and friendly!

  3. Fredwb June 16th

    WOW! I just learned alot! I made my own strips and just folded them and sewed in place. They were rather ROUGH looking!!!

  4. misfited June 16th

    Great series! Now we need to know how to measure and join the ends and the best way to finish around zippers, etc.

  5. RaewynT June 12th

    Thank you for your video about sewing bias binding. I too would like to know how to join the ends - ee.g. whether to overlap them or a different type of join.

    Many thanks.

  6. User avater SunnyGerry June 8th

    Thank you, this was great. Now I know all the mistakes I made when I tried to sew bias binding on placemats I made. They turned out so terrible I only finished three and they just kept getting worse. Can you elaborate on how to turn a curve?

  7. User avater decorchick June 8th

    This was great. I would love to see a demo on various bias binding feet. I bought one several years ago for my Bernina but I really don't understand how it works. I had one for my Featherweight and had problems as well.

  8. Mjd_c June 8th

    Thank you for covering this topic. In one of your examples you showed binding around the armhole. Wpuld you show how to meet the two ends to make a smooth comfortable join?

  9. Keren_D June 8th

    Hi Judith,

    I have watched every episode of "Teach yourself to Sew". I love it. Each episode is packed with information in a short period of time. I love your clear, pleasant way of teaching. Even though I know a lot about sewing, I still pick up a few excellent tips and tricks from you. Thank you!

  10. User avater revivalfabrics June 7th

    This is a great way to use vintage bias tape to repair vintage clothing or create vintage inspired clothing!

  11. shanrod June 7th

    i truly enjoy [ teach yourself to sew] been sewing forever, but can always use a refresher course, and learn something new. i have past this site to all my friends who sew and who want to learn, thank you.

  12. HighToss June 7th

    Judith Rocks! I can listen to her talk about sewing all day. She is so calm and focused and she makes me feel confident in my sewing.

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