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Video: How to Bind a Sheer Edge

Feb 18, 2014

Produced by Judith Neukam; shot by Evamarie Gomez

Sewing sheer or see-through fabrics can be difficult. Sheers are lightweight and slippery by nature, so it’s no surprise that many sewers often avoid them. However, with the right tools and techniques, sewing sheers can be a pleasure.

As seen in “Sheer Perfection,” Threads #172 (April/May 2014), we’ve brought to life one of Lyla Messinger’s techniques for finishing sheer edges in this Threads Essential Techniques video. Watch as we demonstrate Lyla’s clever, yet simple, method for reinforcing a sheer garment edge with a fused bias strip.

Supplies Needed:

  • Bias strip of fabric 1-7/8 inches wide by the length of the edge to be finished, plus 1-1/4 inches.
  • Double-sided fusible web (We used Design Plus Ultra-Soft Double Sided Fusible by L.J. Designs.)

Do you have tips or tricks for reinforcing sheer edges? If so, please share by leaving a comment.

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  1. misfited September 23rd

    I like the video- very informative. I did NOT like having to watch the very loud ad preceding the video. I won't view any more videos on this site.

  2. User avater yourwildestseams February 27th

    Rolled hem on the serger? I live for a beautiful lettuce edge; just sayin'...

  3. ustabahippie February 26th

    Great tip. I especially like the use of the pointer to support the commentary. Such a small thing, but so very helpful.

  4. nonnadesign February 25th

    Thank you so much - this is a wonderful tip - I look forward to using this!

  5. vtwigg February 25th

    Thanks, this looks like a good way to handle awkward fabrics and using bias would work on curves.
    To Sunspot, I've always used the following method which is about as flexible as I've seen. 1- Stitch along the hemline about 1/8" longer than you want it. This stabilises the fabric so it wont stretch on the bias. 2- fold the hem up to the inside along the stitching (press if it helps) and stitch about 1/16" from the fold. 3- Trim the hem off as close as you can next to the 2nd stitching line. 4- fold the hem up the 1/8" and stitch again on top of the second line. It's worked on any fabric I've tried.

  6. Sunspot February 25th

    What is the best method to maintain the fluidity of the edge? This seems like it would be too stiff for a flowy filmy skirt hem.

  7. LilyforMe February 24th

    I use a tiny blind hem stitch to secure the binding edges.

  8. LilyforMe February 24th

    I like this technique. I would, however, prefer to bind off from the back to the front, and not the other way around. As I also bind quilts in this manner, I like to see where the binding will end up, and catch all of it when I stitch, and not lose any area by doing it in the other direction. Just my two bits on this binding technique.

  9. User avater hvnlyhost February 22nd

    awesome tip! Thanks

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