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« on: September 25, 2006 03:09:31 PM »

Ok, this might sound like a stupid question but please could somebody explain Bias Tape to me!?
What exactly is it? What do you use it for? And how do you use it?
I probably sound really stupid but I have know idea about the stuff!
 (is it even "stuff?- I don't know!) Grin
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2006 03:46:48 PM »

Also, it is cut on the bias of the fabric, which means sort of on the diagonal, rather than parallel to the grain of the fabric. It's often used to cover raw edges of fabric and usually is meant to be seen on the outside of whatever it is sewn to. For example, if you have a quilt, there is probably a long strip of fabric sewn over the edges of the quilt, and this is usually bias tape. People also use it on the edges of garments, rather than sewing in hems or facings. The fact that it is cut on the bias makes it easier for you to shape it so it conforms to rounded edges.
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2006 06:16:07 PM »

The neat "v" stuff is double fold bias tape.  Single fold bias tape is like a box with sides and no ends.  You can use bias tape a lot of ways. 

We used to use the single fold bias tape, open it, stitch it to the hem and then slip stitch the other side to the garment before they started making hem tape (which I still don't like) and when most people didn't have zig zag machines and sergers were only used by companies who made cheap clothing...not the home seamstress.

It also comes in several widths.  Most common is about 5/8 inch single fold and (the same size) double fold.
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2006 03:03:16 AM »

That's great. Thanks guys. So it's mainly used to finish of a hem neatly, especially something that is maybe curved instead of straight?
So, when you have a V-neck tshirt that had a contrasting "V" that would be bias tape?
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2006 03:09:05 AM »

So, I've made this baby doll type dress with a round neck from a light weight stretch knit.
The edges of the neck and the sleeves need to be finished and can't just be hemmed because that would look rubbish. So do I use bias tape for this? Can I make it out of the same fabric that I have used so that it matches up?
I think I must be being really stupid!
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2006 05:54:07 AM »

Bias tape is officially only made from woven fabrics (I think?) You can go buy bias tape in a contrasting color for an interesting splash of color, or you can make fakey bias tape by just cutting a long strip of matching fabric, ironing the edges under so it looks more finished, and folding it around the sleeve edge and sewing it in place.

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2006 06:07:14 AM »

Purchased bias tape is woven so the amount of stretch is limited.  When you make bias tape of your own, remember that it must be cut at 45 degrees, not at a right angle to your fabric edge to be cut on the cross grain.   If you make tape of your own it can be made of stretch fabric.

Bias tape comes in many colors and often you can buy it in patterns, particularly plaids. 

If you are applying to the edge of a blouse (not t-shirt) it can be applied either to the outside edge if it is complimentary or of the same fabric or it can be applied to the inside to finish and this application is sometimes used in patterns. 

When hemming a circular skirt, fold up your hem and press in place.  Circular hems are better if the hem is not large so you can cut your hem down, some.  Open the tape package and turn the tape around so you are looking at the raw edges.  As you are looking at the tape, open the top fold and place the raw edge against the right side of the top hem edge.  By machine, sew the tape to the hem by stitching in the fold crease.  When you have attached the tape fold it up and pin into place.  The hem will conform to the shape of the skirt. Using a slip stitch, hem by hand.  A slip stitch is great on the tape.  You run your needle inside the crease of the tape and take a "bite" of the garment as you go.  Your hem is straight and will not curl if it is properly hemmed.  The inside is pretty and all your stitches are hidden.
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2006 03:33:00 AM »

Thank you for all your help guys
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