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« on: June 14, 2007 12:53:43 PM »

sorry if this is a silly question but, I am sewing binding for the first time (trying to make my drooly 4mo old some bibs!). Is there a way to sew it on without using a binding foot? and also will it be hard for me to sew it around the round edges? i tried looking online for an answer. help me please!
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2007 01:07:46 PM »

alright dear, no, you dont really need a binding foot, as long as you have A presser foot on your machine, youll do fine. and as for the curved stuff, pins are your best friend.  pin every inch every half an inch if you need to, because, when youre ctually sewing, it will cause much less stress.  trust me, i didnt listen to my mother on that when she was teaching me to sew, and i learned the hard way, by ripping lots of seams, and ruining lots of projects.  just pin it lots, and ease the binding around the corner, yeah, you'll have some pleats in there, but if you pin and tuck it right, it will look intentional and quite classy ((i know its for a baby and doesnt really matter, but im sure it would matter to you, it being your peoject and all)) so basically just tuck and pin a TON and go slowly when youre sewing, and hopefully all should go well.
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2007 01:12:11 PM »

thanks a bunch! and yeah i know what you mean about pinning! i used to try to cut out patterns w/o pinning the outer and lining fabrics together, and lets just say tha i have more than a few crooked (wonky) diaper bags! i really appreciate your help! and i will post a pic when i complete my first bib!
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2007 03:19:50 PM »

and if you're using the very narrow binding, use a zig zag stitch - if you use a straight stitch, i can almost promise it's going to pull off the fabric - use a zigzag and it'll hold securely (i'm miss mermaid's mom)

thanks a bunch! and yeah i know what you mean about pinning! i used to try to cut out patterns w/o pinning the outer and lining fabrics together, and lets just say tha i have more than a few crooked (wonky) diaper bags! i really appreciate your help! and i will post a pic when i complete my first bib!
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2007 11:59:32 AM »

thanks for the advice! i wish my mom could've taught me to sew! Well, at least I have this website to help guide me!
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2007 06:20:58 AM »

use your iron on the curves! it workes like a charm!
there are a few posts on here about how to use bias binding with ease.
good luck!
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