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How To Sew With Bias Binding

How To Sew With Bias Binding

The use of bias binding enables garment industry professionals to neaten raw edges, binding them down so the fabric doesn't unravel. This three minute tutorial will teach you how to apply the technique to your own sewing projects.

Hi. I'm Roz, and I'm the owner of Sew Much Fun. I have been sewing since the age of six.

It was my best subject at school, and I followed through and studied it at London College of Fashion. I've now had at least thirty years experience in the clothing industry, and I've now decided to open my own shop to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for sewing, and all my designs. I'm going to show you about bias binding, which is a great trick in the book about neatening off edges of garments or cushions, or whatever you want to make.

A bias is actually where the fabric is at its most stretchy. So, normally, on a woven cloth like this one, it's quite firm. If I pull it from left to right, it's quite firm; if I pull it up and down, it's quite firm.

But if I pull it at forty-five degrees, like this, you can see that it starts to stretch. So when we make bias binding, we actually cut it along the forty-five degree angle. That's called the bias.

Now, mostly we will use ready-made bias, which is already cut on that angle, and already folded in, ready for us to sew on, but you can always cut your own and fold your own. What I want to do is to show you how I'm going to neaten this raw edge with the bias binding. Firstly, I'm going to line up my two raw edges, of the bias binding and my fabric, and I'm going to stitch, with straight stitch, along that fold.

Now, you'll see that I'm not using pins, but that's because I've been sewing for a very long time. It might be that you'll be much happier pinning some of your bindings in place first. So, I'm initially going to stitch nice and straight, down my fold.

Again, I am using a green thread so you can see where I'm sewing, but probably I would be stitching it exactly in the same color thread as my bias binding. So, because it's got the ironed fold already, it immediately folds nicely and evenly over that edge, and I fold it right over the top. And then again, I'm going to sew all the way down, nice and neatly, on this edge.

Nice and straight though, because you'll see this line. So there you have it - a really nicely bound edge, neatened edge, to your fabric.