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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Stitching a v-neck with 3/8" s/a ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Stitching a v-neck with 3/8" s/a
best way to stitch a v-neck without a binding

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Date: 4/14/13 9:10 PM

I made the t-shirt part of silhouette's sweater set, but the neckline was really high, so I altered it to become a v-neck. Now I'm stuck.

Sagers's pattern use a 3/8" s/a. The original pattern just folded over the neckline and stitched. I'm not really sure how to do this and have it look decent. How do you get the point of the V to look OK? If I just fold it inward and top-stitch - I get little puckers.

Do I have to try to make a facing, sew that on and then flip it to the inside? If I do that I'd have to make a facing for both front and back - correct? what would be the best way to do that?

OR - could I use seam binding and apply much like I would a facing? At the point of the 'V' adjust it somehow to flip to the inside?

I've looked thru the threads about this, but every one I saw had some type of ribbing.

I'm open to suggestions.........

This is a Knit.


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Subject: Stitching a v-neck with 3/8 s/a Date: 4/14/13 9:33 PM

You can use self fabric to make the neckline binding.

Stay stitch with small stitches 1 inch on both sides of the point on the front of the garment. Clip to the point.

Cut 2 times the width you want plus 2 seam allowances. Fold in half the long way.

Start sewing about an inch or 2 away from the point. Stretch the binding slightly as you go around. Stop about 1-2 inches away from the point.

Fold the binding up and cross at the point. Stitch in place. Trim excess binding.

That is approximately how I do it.

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Date: 4/14/13 11:23 PM

If this idea fits your design it might work for your dilemna. I love to use stretch elastic lace on a v neck tee. I start at center back and zig zag it on stretching very slightly. When you get to the v you just stop with needle down, pivot, pull the lace around the v and keep stitching until you get to center back. Turn the last 1/4 inch under and stitch down. Then go back to the v and pinch a little dart to the inside of the lace and machine or hand stitch down. You can place the lace right on the cut edge of the neckline and stitch or trim away before attaching or after, whatever is easier. With all the lace in fashion right now, this treatment fits right in. You have to find the color that works and that might be a problem. You might want to pin it down to get the idea of how much to stretch it. Sometimes the turn at the shoulder is sharp and you might need to make another dart in the lace there. If this is the case, I just start at the shoulder rather than center back.

If this doesn't suit your needs for this garment, you might try it on another. It looks nice with black on solid black or black on a print with black in it. Oh, the width of elastic I use most often is 3/4 to 1 inch.

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Date: 4/15/13 7:04 AM

Thanks, have you done with the little picot edge showing--it would not be folded over? What are your sources for the elastics?

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