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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Help a beginner understand bias tape on: June 08, 2011 03:59:00 AM
Hello everyone,
I'm a beginner when it comes to sewing (a couple weeks), and I have questions about bias tape and working with knits/stretchy fabric.

First, I keep reading about bias tape, and I understand that it's when you cut fabric 45 degree diagonally.. but what is the big deal about it? Maybe I'm not understanding what it is, so what does it do, why is it specific to 45 degrees, how is it different? At first, I thought bias tape was just another word for ribbon, but I've figured out that they are not interchangeable..why?

Second, I have a sewing book for beginners, and the author suggests staying away from knits. Is it because they're stretchy? I've already attempted at working with them (I just figured out what exactly a knit is, so it wasn't on purpose  Tongue). Are you supposed to stretch out stretchy fabrics when working with them?

Thanks =]
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello, beginner here =] on: June 05, 2011 04:18:06 AM
Hello, everyone.
I'm very new to sewing, trying to self-teach! So far, I've only made a few things. I like to look through the forums here for inspiration, how-tos, and ideas Smiley
I like to do other crafty things, too, but I mainly only do that for presents rather than for myself.

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