Learn an alternative to a basic bound edge, for tops, dresses, and other garments. This double-binding seam finish starts as a standard binding encircling a neckline, then it joins together at the center-front seam in a doubled binding. The look is clean and elegant, and it’s easy to achieve.
Nancy Nix-Rice offers many techniques for working with these luxurious, stable knits, including this clever edge and seam finish in her article “Fabulous Ponte Knits” from Threads #207 (Feb./March 2020). Find out how to enhance your ponte knit garments with a double-binding seam treatment.
Start by removing the seam allowances from the edges to be bound: the neckline and center-front seam. If your pattern doesn’t have a center-front seam, simply cut along the foldline. Cut the garment, and sew the shoulder seams.
Then measure from the center back, around the neckline, and down the front seam. Double this length to…
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