Pro Techniques for Applying Bias Binding | Video
Bias binding is a functional and attractive finish for garment edges. It can replace facings and hem allowances, and add definition to the garment’s silhouette. It’s also a useful finish for quilts, accessories such as bags and purses, and home décor items such as slipcovers and pillows. Threads author Daryl Lancaster shows where and how to apply bias binding in this in-depth video tutorial.
Daryl begins by showing how to join the ends of bias strips to create a strip long enough to cover the perimeter of a garment. She then shows where to begin binding. Typically, you should begin at the longest and/or straightest stretch of any edge; the center-back hem or the back of an armhole are good starting points. You’ll find it easier to join the strip’s two ends when you have sewn it to the edge.
You’ll learn how to miter corners as you attach the binding, how to join the ends by machine, with on-grain seams, and how to finish the binding on the opposite side. You can sew by hand or use a straight, zigzag, or decorative machine stitch. A useful tip is to skip pinning the bias to the garment’s edge. Daryl explains that the bias stretches somewhat when it is being sewn, and it is better to let it stretch as needed than to force it into a particular length or shape by pinning.