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alternate ways to finish necklines
Lorri

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Date: 2/11/12 0:31 AM

I am making Butterick B5215 Shirt B. I don't like any of the neck treatments(not sure if that is what you call it or not), I was just wondering if you could serge the edge, then fold it over 3/8 inch and use a twin needle on it, instead of binding it. My bindings never look good....I have a coverstitch on my serger, but alas....I don't know how to use it.
I thought of making a facing, but wondered if I would need to interface it? I feel really stupid, but I haven't sewn for myself for sew long........
The good thing is I was able to cut out a 3x and all I had to do was a slope shoulder adjustment..... I was so excited...... any advice would be appreciated...Thanks. Lorri

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Date: 2/11/12 0:34 AM

I fold mine over. Depending upon the fabric, I use that heat n bond 3/8 inch on the edge and then flip it over and iron it down. I would test a sample on your machine first though because sometimes the sewing machine does not like it and skips stitches.

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Date: 2/11/12 1:12 AM

Lorri You could press under 3/8inch. Then use steam a seam lite (1/4 in) and then fuse it with the iron. Then do a two thread on your coverstitch machine. Or use a twin needle in your regular sewing machine. The steam a seam gives it a little stability.

I would make a sample first.

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Date: 2/11/12 7:10 AM

Look for this under the Reviews.
Terri A. made several with varying necklines (photos) in plus sizes.
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Date: 2/11/12 10:35 AM

Thanks everyone. I was hoping someone would agree with that method. I think I first learned it from Debbie Cook quite some time back. I'll get that t shirt done this weekend and post pics. I'm way excited!

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Date: 2/12/12 2:33 AM

To sew a neat neckband of the perfect length for any knit fabric, without using ribbing, check out this all time terrific video by Sarah Veblen:

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

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Date: 2/12/12 3:01 PM

I checked ready-made T's around the house after this and other binding threads. Interesting--always something new to try-- there was one with the usual doubled self-binding stitched around, then folded toward neck with overcast edges. BUT then the fold was cut open right at the top.
This made the 2 edges roll over towards the shirt in a pretty way.
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Date: 2/12/12 9:21 PM

Elona, thanks for the link. Gramma B that sounds like an interesting neck treatment.

I got the 1/4 inch steam & seam 2 lite. I am getting ready to top stitch with a double needle. Then I have to put the hems in. It fits perfectly which shocks me! I'll post a review as soon as I get it done now that I have a new camera...yay!

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