1. Fist method – seam visible on both sides
This is the fastest way, that’s why it is widely used in the industry (of course with the help of bias binders). Perfect finishing with this technique requires some practice – especially when you need to bind more than 2 layers of fabric. Below you will find 3 variants of this method:
a) Wrap around the edge folded bias tape and sew it. It’s easier if you previously press your bias tape in half.
b) In variant b 2 stitching are made. Press the bias tape so that the lower part is slightly extended (extended section will be on the wrong side of the fabric). Unwrap the tape and sew it to the fabric (right sides together, narrower part of the tape along the edge). Sew along the pressed line.
Wrap the bias tape along the edge so that it covers the previous stitches (on the wrong side of the fabric). Sew all the layers, making sure that the new stitching goes along the inner side of the earlier seam (the one closer to the edge). This way you have more control over the bias tape so it’s a better method for difficult places.
c) The last option is to use bias binding foot, which works quite well on straight sections. There are different kinds of binding feet, but with the one shown in the picture you need to set adequate width to your bias tape, put the bias tape inside, and the fabric is placed between the tape’s ends. Then, with the screw on a side of the foot, adjust the foot so that the needle is placed close to the edge of the bias tape.
2. Second method – seam visible on one side
I use this method much more often than the first one. Sometimes I baste the bias tape to hold it in place.
To bind the edge using this method, you need to press the bias tape the same way as in the point 1b. Unwrap the tape and sew it to the edge (right sides together, narrower part of the tape along the edge). Wrap the bias tape around the edge of the fabric, covering the previous stitching. Sew it again – sewing on the right side of fabric, and leading stitching along the edge of the bias tape, but without overlapping it.
3. Third method – all seams hidden
I like this method the most. Of course it requires the most effort, but the end result is worth it 🙂
So the first seam is made as in the second method. The second seam however is made by hand with a blind stitch. Sew the second side of the bias tape just behind the previous stitching (that means on the side that is further from the edge). If you have 1 layer of fabric (as in the example) you can lead the seam overlapping the previous stitching.
Comparison of methods
And which method do you use the most often?
Other posts from this series:
- How to make a bias tape?
- How to make a continuous bias tape?
- How to sew a bias tape? Various methods.
- How to sew curves with bias tape? Binding curved edges.
- Sewing corners with bias tape.