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« on: August 11, 2008 09:16:01 PM »

What exactly is seam binding?  Is it anything even close to bias tape?  Does it have to be sewn in, or is it sticky, or like fusible interfacing?  I'm doing a pattern specifically designed for knit fabrics, and it calls for seam binding on the shoulder seams (I'm assuming to prevent saggy seams?)  Can I add the seam binding later n (so I can keep working on the dress)?  Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2008 08:35:24 AM »

It's similar to bias tape, and yes it's usually a sew in.

I would not skip the step, it's put in at that point for a reason (even though they never explain why certain steps are where they are).
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2008 10:45:13 PM »

I've ran into the same problem/question myself.  Okay, so where do you find "seam binding"Huh  I see bias tape at the store, but nothing actually called seam binding.

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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2008 10:00:31 AM »

If you are only needing "seam binding" to keep a knit shoulder seam from stretching, find a selvage edge from a woven fabric and cut it off as a narrow strip.  Use this strip to sew along the seam line as you sew your shoulder seam.  Be sure to measure your strip to the length of the desired shoulder seam length and pin/baste in place before stitching.

Voila!  You will have solved your problem.
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2008 10:55:37 AM »

So you just fold it over the seam and sew?
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2008 05:18:27 PM »

I usually just place the seam binding on top of the seam line, and just sew the seam as normal. You don't need to wrap it around. It's there to stabilise the seam so that the shoulders don't stretch halfway down your arms.

I've always purchased it labelled as "cotton tape". It's pretty loosely woven (I think so it feels soft and doesn't interfere with the wear of the garment). My usual purchase is in a 12mm width, at 3 or 5 metres long, and it's sold all rolled up into a flat disc with a sticky label holding it together. I've only seen it in black and white, so use whatever colour won't show on the good side of your garment.
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2008 07:08:13 PM »

You are correct, there is no need to fold it over the raw edge of the seam.  Just sew it with the seam stitching.

The woven tape that is often used is called "twill tape" and comes 1/4" to 1/2" I believe and in limited colors.  This tape is used for tailoring fine garments for the most part, but great for keeping any seam from stretching.
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2008 07:05:58 AM »

Thanks!  This knit dress has just been sitting here, now maybe I'll be brave and finish it!   Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2008 01:11:50 PM »

And I thank you, as well.  Maybe now I can finally BEGIN my project!

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