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wrinkled bias neck binding

Cathycor | Posted in Teach Yourself To Sew on

Help!  I’ve made a lovely knit top that really fits me.  Attached a bias strip of silk as a neckline finish, but it’s all puckery and will not lay flat, no matter how much I press it.

I used to be able to do this, but haven’t done it in years.  What am I doing wrong?

I clipped the edged to the stitches and pressed.

Do I need to make the binding strip shorter?  




  1. stillsuesew | | #1

    Yes, I think the band is too long and maybe too wide.  The knit probably stretched a little as you sewed the silk on.  Do you have a serger?   You could use the differential feed to help you apply the trim.  If you have scraps this would be a god time to practice.  If you don't have a serger I would sew it with the silk on top with a little bit on tension on it.   Sue 

  2. sewchris703 | | #2

    Along with what Sue said

    I'd stretch the silk bias into a curve with the iron before sewing it.


  3. marymary | | #3

    Bias Binding

    I recently learned a really neat trick for making bias binding that doesn't pucker.  Takes a little longer, but it is worth the extra steps.  I have not tried this on a knit, but plan to.  Cut your bias wider than you want the finished bias to be.  For example cut it 3" wide if you want a 2" wide binding.  Press it flat and stretch it as you do so.  You will end up with a binding that has an irregular edge.  Then cut it down to the width you want it to be. 

    I did this on a jacket and was really happy with the result around the neck.

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