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Bias Binding for Curved Edges in Chiffon | Video

Susan Khalje devises a method that controls the fabric, avoids distortion, and hides stitches.

Jul 08, 2019

Couture expert and Threads Contributing Editor Susan Khalje demonstrates a method for attaching a chiffon bias binding to curved edges on silk chiffon. This is one of the most challenging edge finishes you can attempt, due to the fabric’s instability and transparency. It’s difficult to control the bias strip, avoid distorting the neckline itself, and hide any attachment stitches. The traditional bias-binding technique—while excellent for stable and opaque textiles—didn’t meet Susan’s exacting standards on silk chiffon, so she came up with a refinement that solved her problems. Susan’s approach requires accuracy and patience, but is accessible to anyone who can sew a neat fell stitch.

The first steps include staystitching the garment’s edge; Susan points out that this might take a few tries to get the perfect curve, but removing the staystitching to resew won’t damage the fabric. You’ll also need to cut…

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