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Date: 2/13/12 9:43 PM

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Purchased a machine this week. Bought this pattern for the beds ~ my daughter wanted to try the harness (C) ~ no lead. I traced out the pattern on wax paper and used sturdier fabric for the maiden voyage. The cut is obviously very simple ( size small is the size we need).

The Bias Tape work on this is very difficult the curves are tight and plentiful ~ as this cut lays out like a heavily flattened & slightly squished capital H.

I am a beginner, I do understand how to place the bias short side sew/ wrap top stitch catching larger side on the back ~ I just do not know how to manipulate to achieve nice work on the curves. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Date: 2/13/12 10:36 PM

A narrower bias binding might we easier to get around tight curves. Also you can try pressing the binding into the H shape before sewing it on.

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Date: 2/14/12 8:56 AM

Thank you, the one I selected seemed to be the narrowest of what they offered. Until I am able to get back to the store I am going to try the iron method and see if I am able to get something going right with that. I just do not see how anyone would be able to fasten that to the curves without puckering. Should have got a Great Dane, I think but thank you.

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Date: 2/14/12 8:56 AM

I'm not sure if you are using store-bought bias tape or if you made your own. However, if you bought your bias tape at the store (probably Wrights brand) I have found it sooooo helpful to actually pre-wash the store bought bias tape -- I throw it in a small mesh lingerie garment bag -- and then toss it in the dryer. Yes I do have to iron/press it back in place to make it look all nice and crisp and pretty again, but I find the pre-washed bias tape so much easier to work with afterwards. Plus since the Wrights brand is poly-cotton a lot of the "factory folds" or "creases" still holds up even after washing and drying.

Or again, if you bought your bias tape at the store, but don't feel like going to the trouble of washing, drying,and ironing it again, try to steam it with your iron to get it to be more manageable around the curves of your sewing project.
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Date: 2/14/12 9:05 AM

As NhiHuynh points out, narrower tape will take the curves easier. If you want to use double fold bias tape and catch both top and bottom in the same line of stitching you need either 1) a binder foot, or 2) to baste the bias tape in place with needle and thread. I guess it's possible to just use pins or even to hold it, but that's too hard for me, and it sounds like it's not working for you.

As an alternative, you can do it in two passes as follows. First, start with unfolded bias tape (you can make your own with a rotary cutter or press flat the store bought tape). Sew it to the outside of the harness, RS together, with a 1/4in or so seam allowance. Wrap the tape around the raw edge and to the inside of the harness and press it. You can press under the raw edge of the tape at this point, or you can just leave it out if you don't care if it looks 100% finished. It'll still look, like 95% finished as the bias tape won't ravel. I would likely just not press the raw tape edge under.

Stitch again through all layers with the outside of the harness on top, catching the bias tape on the underside. Stitch close to the seam between tape and harness. Ideally, I guess this line of stitching should be right in the ditch (you can use a ditch stitching foot if you have one), but it's really most important that it doesn't go back and forth from tape to harness all the time. Either a little on the harness fabric or a little on the tape is fine.

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Date: 2/14/12 9:07 AM

It is store bought, and I think it is Wright's. I did not prewash but will try that tonight as well. I bought (1) pack for finished product and bought one that does not match and am using a thread that really sticks out so I can where the problems are more easily, so I have plenty to work with for the practice runs prior to making the real thing. I will want to have a couple successful runs before I use the intended fabric & bias.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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Date: 2/14/12 9:19 AM

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As an alternative, you can do it in two passes as follows. First, start with unfolded bias tape (you can make your own with a rotary cutter or press flat the store bought tape). Sew it to the outside of the harness, RS together, with a 1/4in or so seam allowance. Wrap the tape around the raw edge and to the inside of the harness and press it. You can press under the raw edge of the tape at this point, or you can just leave it out if you don't care if it looks 100% finished. It'll still look, like 95% finished as the bias tape won't ravel. I would likely just not press the raw tape edge under.



Stitch again through all layers with the outside of the harness on top, catching the bias tape on the underside. Stitch close to the seam between tape and harness. Ideally, I guess this line of stitching should be right in the ditch (you can use a ditch stitching foot if you have one), but it's really most important that it doesn't go back and forth from tape to harness all the time. Either a little on the harness fabric or a little on the tape is fine.

I need another cup of coffee to process this, brain hasn't fully engaged yet. I think it would help too if I had the fabrics in hand to manipulate because I'm too new to follow without a visual. I might have additional questions on the method tonight after I get home that I will post and hopefully you can peek back in here in the next couple days

Thank you.
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Date: 2/14/12 9:46 AM

you might also want to try www.youtube.com and do some keyword searching for videos on sewing bias tape on curves, etc.... and see if you can find a good video with some tips for you :)

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Date: 2/14/12 5:26 PM

I'm going to second/third/whatever the advice the others have given you!

1. Homemade bias tape is a hundred times easier to use than purchased. It's kind of a pain to make, but it's *so* much more user-friendly. My favorite fabric for bias tape is microsuede, but almost anything will work. I've never tried Bethie's suggestion to pre-wash the storebought stuff, though, and kind of want to pick up a pack and see how it works!

2. Apply it in two passes, as Tom suggests. It's nearly impossible to get both sides to cooperate at the same time. There are *gads* of bias binding tutorials online; I pretty much always read up on a few before I do a binding project.

3. I find curves easier to negotiate than corners, but one trick I've learned from PR is to take your iron and press the curves into the tape *before* you apply it. Lay the bias tape and the thing you're binding onto your ironing board. Take the folded bias tape and pin it along the path you'll be sewing. Then blast the heck out of it with steam. Let it cool, and then pin it in place for real. It will already be curved/stretched/shrunk to the right size, and you'll have less puckering as you attach it.

Good luck!

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Date: 2/14/12 5:36 PM

I understand that having a picture would be helpful. I don't know of a good online tutorial, but I'm sure that a search on 'bias binding' or 'Hong Kong finish' will turn up something. I believe it's also in the Reader's Digest Sewing book if you have that.

I think it's pretty logical once you get going with it. The main idea is to sew the tape to the outside, RS together, then wrap the raw edge with the tape. The second stitching pass just holds it in place.

A quick search turns up this article from Threads. Scroll down to 'Hong Kong finish for unlined jackets' about a third of the way down. You can skip their trimming step

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