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Sewing with Stretch Bias Binding

how to use stretch bias binding

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. 

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.

How to attach stretch bias binding

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

Sewing stretch bias binding on a sewing machine

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.

What binding to use with knit fabrics?

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 from the image at the top of the page how my project finish looks very professional with the stretch bias.

Making a knit garment look professional with 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.
Stretch bias binding from Minerva Crafts