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This tutorial has been written by Rachel Pinheiro from House of Pinheiro. Rachel's blog is a mine of useful information for those wanting to learn to sew.

Tips for sewing with stretch bias binding

This was the first time I have ever used a stretch bias to bind a project and I'm in love with this product. I cannot think of an easier or more professional way to finish jersey garments. You sew it exactly the same as you would sew a cotton bias. 
Unfold the stretch bias with your fingers and you will see the folding lines. With it open, position right sides together, aligning to the margins.

Stretch bias binding tutorial

Start from the middle and pin all the way around your item on the first crease.Sew following the crease. 

How to sew with jersey Bias binding

Trim the excess to avoid bulk. Lift your bias tape, fold it around the other edge and pin again. Sew it in place. I do recommend that you use your machine knit straight stitch to allow the bias to move with the fabric.

Stretch bias binding from Minerva Crafts
The reason I love ready made stretch bias is because knit fabric can be troublesome to make into bias binding and depending on the fabric, it’s often very unstable. This product really creates a stable surface to sew. I recommend using it on necklines, cuffs and armbands. There are many possibilities. With your scraps you can use to stabilise shoulders and pocket seams. I would also use it for swimwear and underwear.
You can see how my project finish looks very professional with the stretch bias. 
Sewing with jersey - Stretch bias binding
How to use stretch Bias binding
To see Rachel's blog post about this top click here.
This binding can be purchased from Minerva Crafts here, and is available in a range of different colours.  There is also a lycra range of stretch bias bindings available too.

How to sew with stretch bias binding from the alterations challenge on The Great British Sewing Bee Jersey Bias binding - Great British Sewing Bee