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Topic: How to finish armholes without completely hand-sewing?  (Read 1342 times)
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« on: October 13, 2013 04:10:04 PM »


I'm making a steampunk-style reversible vest for an ex-coworker for their Halloween costume, and I'm kind of confused as to how to finish the armholes on the vest without hand-sewing them entirely. The pictures below illustrate how much I've put together so far. The bottom is still left open and un-sewed, as are the armholes, but the whole top and sides have been sewn up.

Help please?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2013 10:50:07 PM »

Since you are all sewn up, I would use bias tape to secure the edges. It is a bit tricky to use, and requires a lot of pins to secure, but it will easily curve around the edges. And look good on both sides (if your bobbin thread is proper tension). Stitch slowly, and guide (not shove) in under the needle and foot. Don't force it. Practice on a spare piece of exact materials first to get the feel of how it will pull through. Remove pins before they go under the presser foot, and make sure your pressure there is a comfortable balance. Practice on a piece that resembles the same as what you are wishing to do. You can always use that "scrap" testing item in another project  Grin

Hope this helps


Whoops, edit to add: Overlap the edges on the side seam under the armpit. Folding under the topmost part of the bias tape to overlap the "start" part of the tape.

Found a tutorial  Grin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y37g3oZCswk

And maybe for the next one try this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3vx9iJNJlc
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2013 10:47:23 AM »

You can also steam press the bias tape into the curve needed to help it fit smoothly.

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