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Date: 2/8/12 8:58 AM

There is self-bias, sew down one narrow edge, flip and sew other to inside or outside for about 1/2" binding showing.
Sew double thickness on outside, turn up and topstitch or in the ditch.
Flip entire bias to inside and topstitch with no binding showing.
Etc. etc.
I don't have a serger to copy the commercial types, but do have an overcast.
What are your preferred techniques? I am working my way thru photo tutorials...

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Date: 2/8/12 11:14 AM

My favorite method is the never-fail one shown in this Sarah Veblen video:

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3839/video-a-neckline-binding-for-knits

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Date: 2/8/12 12:07 PM

It's a keeper!

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Date: 2/8/12 12:30 PM

I have recently become a fan of the method Jalie used on its knit dress. You have a strip. Sew the right side of the strip to the wrong side of your neck. Fold over the seam allowance. Then, fold at the seam stitching (rolling/folding the binding). Then stitch it down on the right side. This is just coming out very tidy and easy for me - using my sewing machine. Here is the Jalie video

HTH,

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Date: 2/8/12 1:01 PM

These videos are helpful. One of my sewing goals is to sew binding on knit well.

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Date: 2/8/12 1:18 PM

I often use elastic to finish the neckine. I like 1/4 or 3/8. I sew it on with zigzag on the wrong side, stretching it slightling along the curve, to pull it in. I then fold it over and stopstitch. It's the same method used for swimwear.
Another method I like is foldover elastic.

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Date: 2/8/12 1:38 PM

Quote: JEF
I have recently become a fan of the method Jalie used on its knit dress. You have a strip. Sew the right side of the strip to the wrong side of your neck. Fold over the seam allowance. Then, fold at the seam stitching (rolling/folding the binding). Then stitch it down on the right side. This is just coming out very tidy and easy for me - using my sewing machine. Here is the Jalie video



HTH,



JEF

WOW! Inever knew that Jalie had instructional videos. That was so helpful--seems like a great way to do it!

Here is another link to Jalie video instructions The neckline binding starts at 1:33.
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Date: 2/8/12 2:00 PM



The great things we learn here! I never thought of lingerie-type elastic for the neckline.
I found this:
www.craftstylish.com/item/19131/how-to-use-fold-over-elastic

I don't know WHY pattern instructions don't show new techniques,
but continue using facings and purchased bias tape--no wonder beginners get frustrated.

I notice they sell a lot of the foldover colors cheaply on Etsy, worth it to have a stash on hand or a big bolt of skin-color. I only see white/black in stores, plus it often comes only in 1-yd/ packages, which makes for a lot of waste.
Your other sources?

Seems it would be a better binding for kids clothing too, which takes more stretching and washing than ours.

-- Edited on 2/10/12 7:58 AM --

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Date: 2/8/12 2:30 PM

In the Jalie video, what is the strip made out of? It looks like a great way to finish a neck line when you don't have a serger/coverstitch machine.

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Date: 2/8/12 2:37 PM

Ooops, I just figured out how to enlarge the video screen. I can see the strip is the same as the fashion fabric.

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