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« on: March 26, 2009 05:11:47 PM »

I've tried to google but only found how to sew bias tapes on corners, not on curves. Does anyone know how?
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2009 07:34:42 PM »

You just do it. If you are binding something place the edge on the curve and sew. If it gives you trouble take the bias tape to the iron and iron it in a curve then sew it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2009 05:38:31 AM »

Try steaming it with your iron, too.  That can make a big difference!  With sharp curves, you may want to "draw" the curve on your ironing board with the bias tape (sans fabric), and steam it first, then try pinning.  Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2009 04:42:06 PM »

If you are talking about sewing the binding down on one side then folding it over to the other side to incase the edge (like a quilt edge) there are two tips depending on the direction of the curve.

If it is a convex (outward) curve (like you use a bowl or something to round off the corner of a quilt) you should "ease" the binding gently while sewing. This will allow the extra fabric necessary to "fit" over the edge. Remember the outer edge is "longer" than where you are sewing.

If it is a concave (inward) curve (not sure where this would be - maybe the top of a "bucket type" handbag/tote) you should pull gently on the binding as you sew. This "removes" some of the fabric so there isn't excess fabric bunched up on the edge.
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2011 08:24:36 PM »

OMG I was losing my sanity trying to figure this out!
Thanks so much for the idea of steaming it into the right curve on the ironing board.
I am making a bib with bias tape neck trim/string ties.
But it's a doll sized bib that is going to be part of an 8 inch quilt square for a baby quilt. It's SMALL. The curve is TIGHT (think outline of a soda can).
You crafters are so smart.
thank you thank you thank you
quilt square is still in progress, sanity is intact Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2011 05:13:41 AM »

yeah, it's the ironing, as so many have said. i learned that one at seamstress school! it's weird how that isn't a more common knowledge and how you didn't find an answer on the internet :<
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