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« on: April 22, 2007 09:02:03 PM »

I was trying to make a dress for my daughter and after many frustrating hrs of messing with bias tape I gave up and made a skirt it still needs a few kinks worked out but here it is
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/dewbaby00/Danielledress008.jpg

For the time being I put ribbon in the waste need to make a run to the store for some elastic or something.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/dewbaby00/Danielledress009.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/dewbaby00/Danielledress006.jpg

And here is what the old dress looked like next time I will go for something easier
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/dewbaby00/Danielledress002.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/dewbaby00/Danielledress001-1.jpg

I was having a hard time getting the bias tape around the neck and arms....
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2007 05:49:06 AM »

I found a little "trick" for bias tape, and haven't done anything else since!

I purchased some fusible thread.  I got mine probably 15 years ago now, but I think I saw the same type of stuff at Joann's a couple of weeks ago.

You wind a bobbin with the fusible thread. Open up the bias tape, line up the raw edges with the right sides together, pin the heck out of it, then stitch in the fold of the bias tape.  The bobbin thread should be on the back and "outside" of the tape.

Now, remove any remaining pins, and use your fingers to sort of stretch and fold the tape over the raw edge.  Take the thing to your ironing board.  Put it so the "sticky" bobbin thread is on top.  I usually start by just tacking things in place.  Hit it with the iron every 3-4 inches along the whole length of bias tape.  Once you get things mostly in place, iron the tape in place. Take your time -- its fussy work.  Only after you get things where you want them, go and top stitch it down (with "regular thread in the bobbin this time).  You either want to "stitch in the ditch" on the front, or just along the nice finished edge.  You should be catching the back edge while you do this.

As with almost everything in sewing, neatness counts!  If you are imprecise in your pinning or first stitching, things won't line up in the last step.  I find that I sometime need to trim the raw edge of the original fabric in a few places to get the tape to "reach" all the way around.

I found the pictures here http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/el_biasbinding.html are pretty good at showing things
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2007 05:52:13 AM »

What kind of bias tape were you using?  Double fold?

Necklines are really tricky, but armholes with bias tape can be done with some patience pinning.  I don't have any pictures right now, but here's some hints:

- pin, pin, pin, pin.  maybe 1 pin an inch!  
- if your sewing machine has a piece that comes off that extends the flat area around the needle, take it off. then you can fit the lower arm of the sewing machine right into the arm hole
- go slow when you sew it
- at the end, cut the tape at an angle: \  so that it will look finished on the outside.

for necklines, I prefer this method:
 - overlock around the neckline edge
 - baste around the neck at 5/8"
 - clip to the basted line
 - turn in the edges, pin down
 - topstich around to hold down the clipped edges on the inside
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2007 08:25:14 AM »

I like that you rescued a mistake and made something cute out of it. And thanks for the tips wwrich and wck4-I sometimes have a bias problem,too Embarrassed
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2007 08:51:05 AM »

Cute "recon"! I HATE HATE HATE bias tape and refuse to use it. I can never get it right even though I've been sewing for years, guess I lack the patience. Instead I cut an extra lining fabric using the same pattern as the top part of the dress and line it instead. You have to do it a little differently but I've done so many like this it's easy as pie now.
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