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straight seam binding

msewing1 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi….I’m new here and I’ve only being sewing for approx. 2 years. I’m making a dress out of knit jersey and the pattern I purchased said that I would need “straight seam binding”. I’m unclear about what this is. Could anyone explain this to me? Thanks! TTYL



  1. jjgg | | #1

    Where are you putting this seam binding?

    1. msewing1 | | #2

      I'm using Simplicity pattern #3678. It says the straight seam binding is to be used on the shoulder seams to prevent the seam from stretching. Thanks. = )

      1. starzoe | | #3

        You can find packages of straight seam binding in any sewing store. You can use ribbon or tape as well, you only need about a foot or so, maybe you have something in your stash.You wouldn't use bias binding in this application as it wouldn't stop the shoulder from stretching.

  2. sewelegant | | #4

    You can find "straight" seam binding as opposed to "bias" seam binding on the rack where all the Wright trims are displayed.  (rick-rack, hem facing, bias tape, etc.)  I have found this comes in a few different widths.  For your purposes I think the 5/8" wide works well and you have enough width so you don't have to worry about sliding off the tape as you sew.  It resembles a narrow rayon ribbon.  I like to use a bit of it to make lingerie straps because it seems all the necklines on my clothes tend to slide and my straps are always showing if I don't put these in the garment.  I could describe how I do it, but it might make this post a bit lengthy.

  3. PowellPat | | #5

    Saw a tip for this once from Sandra Betzina: cut a strip of your fabric's selvage edge to use for this purpose. I've tried this and it works very well.

  4. Teaf5 | | #6

    You can also find it under the name seam tape.  A lot of sewing articles have been talking about using the cut-off selveges from woven fabrics as seam tape in re-inforcing shoulder seams, and you can use a washable ribbon or twill tape to do the same job.

    1. msewing1 | | #7

      Thanks so much. This has definitely cleared up my problem. Thanks again. = )

  5. SAAM | | #8

    I have also used twill tape to stabilize shoulder seams.

  6. SAAM | | #9

    Just another note, whichever you decide to use, make sure you pre-shrink the tape using the same washing techniques you will use for the garment.

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