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Date: 11/15/09 3:04 PM

I am about to bind the v-neck of a tee made from beautiful jersey with a ready-to-use woven bias tape.

By 'ready-to-use' I mean that the bias tape is already lengthwise folded in the middle, and that the long edges are pressed towards each other; so all I need to do is slip the edge of the tee (seam allowances cut off) between the folded woven bias tape and sew it in place. Voila!

I have done this successfully with scoop necks but struggle with binding v-necks in general: What would I need to do diferently with the tape above when binding a v-neck? Am sure that there are a couple of boards or tutorials out there addressing my question but have not been able to find what I was hoping to find.

Many thanks for your help in advance!

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Date: 11/15/09 9:15 PM

I think you'll get better results if you use self fabric as a binding instead of the woven tape.

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Date: 12/15/09 5:30 AM

I am bringing this back up as I am getting ready to do several shirts with V-necks and have the same question. I don't think it would matter what type of binding I use?!? Am I wrong?

I am unsure how to put the binding in and obtain the nice finished look at the V in the front. This cannot be like binding a quilt where you just flip it and miter, is it?

Hope someone can be helpful.

Thank you

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Date: 12/15/09 7:02 AM

FWIW, I think the bias woven binding can look particularly wonderful, especially if it is a satin.

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Date: 12/15/09 7:05 AM

Karen, last year I made a few knit tops with v-necks. I used a self fabric binding, but I stabilized the vee with Design Plus Fusible Straight Stay Tape which gave a niced finished look to the vee in front. For more information about the tape and the process, please see this review which includes the v-neck, in addition to a crossover neckline.

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Date: 12/15/09 7:48 AM

I use self-fabric binding on knits, I've never tried to use a woven.

I sew v neckbands by crossing one side over the other at the v instead of stitching the v from the inside. Stay stitch the point of the v about 1.5" on either side of the v and clip the v point to the stitching. (I stitch a line of basting in a contrasting color down the center front at the vpoint so it is easier to see where to pivot at the v when sewing.) I pin the center of the neckband to the center back of the neck and then stitch the neckband to the shirt, stretching the band slightly as I go along starting and stopping about 1" from the point of the v on either side. I then turn the neckband in to it's finished position, cross the ends under the v point and press. if the fabric doesn't lay flat I sometimes use a little fusible web to hold it in place for topstitching. Then I topstitch the neckband in place with either my sewing machine or my coverstitch on my serger.

Practice on leftover pieces of your knit fabric to get the feel of this.

Judy

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Date: 12/15/09 8:00 AM

Nancy and Judy I wish your explanations could be put into the techniques library somehow. Vee necks on knits are something I always avoided. Thanks for the ideas on how to handle this area. I need to try again as a vee is such a nice look.

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Date: 12/15/09 1:40 PM

Mssewcrazy, I recommend you first practice by making a few v-neck dickies from an inexpensive knit. When you feel comfortable with the technique, you can move on to an actual tee shirt. It took me a few tries, but I eventually caught on.

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Date: 12/15/09 5:32 PM

Thank you Nancy 2001! I have some of this stuff and for the life of me could not remember the name to re-order! This straight fusible stay tape is the greatest!

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Date: 12/15/09 7:06 PM

Thank you Nancy and JudyP. Knew there had to be more to it than I thought. I will take your advice and practice on scraps first. Nancy, I have both the stay tape and fusible seam on order. I usually use clear elastic on the shoulders, but it will not be suitable here. I have printed the review Nancy and your advice Judy. They will be read many times while I practice as I always seem to miss a word here and there and then wonder why things look goofy.

You are both correct that this must be done right or the whole top is just not going to look good.

to you both

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