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Date: 5/25/13 7:24 PM

I don't care for it. I don't want to use it. Must i? I have a pretty chiffon-like fabric for Butterick 5496 and it calls for bias binding. I think I will screw it up, and therefore screw up my project. Any substitute techniques that I can use?

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Date: 5/25/13 7:33 PM

Make tour own bias.

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Date: 5/25/13 7:35 PM

Don't like the product, but do make my own.

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Date: 5/25/13 7:38 PM

I'm with Reneeb, make your own bias from your fashion fabric. If it is very lightweight and it sounds as if it is, make it wider than you might normally. Take a look at Marec's review if you haven't already -- she sewed it in a lightweight poly chiffon and the large photo shows her edges. I'm sure she didn't use purchased bias!

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Date: 5/25/13 10:01 PM

Hi Patti! thanks for the shout out :-) um, I just set this tunic aside for next fall...let me look. I turned my hems and stitched carefully...I did not use any bias tape on it. I thought I had but not.
It is very sheer and I must have decided against anything showing through.

I use regular bias tape on some of my riding and camping clothes because they get filthy and are washed often. Isn't there high end bias tape available? I seem to remember rayon tape in my grandma's stash.

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Date: 5/26/13 8:52 AM

Purchased bias binding can have a real loving hands at home look, IMO. Make your own. It is not hard.

As far as "high end" bias tape, bias is as good as the fabric you use to make it. That fabric needs to coordinate with the garment fabric, particularly in terms of washing/care.

When I have found purchased bias in the "perfect" color, which is extremely rare, I buy it in the larges width and press it open and install it in the way I prefer.

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Date: 5/26/13 9:25 AM

To my eye, purchased bias tape is about as attractive as rick rack.

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Date: 5/26/13 10:24 AM

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To my eye, purchased bias tape is about as attractive as rick rack.

Way less, I think. Rickrack is kind of honest and straightforward by comparison.
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Date: 5/26/13 1:23 PM

The OP didn't say whether she's opposed to bias binding IN GENERAL or just isn't a fan of the purchased stuff. On that note, I agree with everyone else: make your own if you're going to bother binding anything. It's a major brain-bending PITA, IMO, but will give you results that are a thousand times nicer.

HOWEVER, if you just don't want to use ANY binding anywhere, there are options! For the hems on the bottom and sleeves, you can do as Marec did and just fold/hem them. The neckline might be trickier. For that area, you could use the existing front/back pattern pieces to draft a facing. It's actually applied pretty similar to the first step in binding--sew along the edge and flip it to the inside--but you only have to tack it down inside in a few strategic places (like the shoulder seams).

A lot of people find facings to be annoying to wear, though. I guess you have to pick your annoying--the annoying sewing task of bias binding, or the annoying wearing factor of having a facing!

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Date: 5/26/13 1:59 PM

You don't say what view you are making, but if it's one without the tie, and the binding is supposed to be on the sleeve ends or neck, you could make some kind of wide decorative facings, flip them to the outside or inside, and stitch it down through the outside front of the fabric and turn it into more a design element instead. Or you can always finish off the edges with a hand rolled hem, or maybe put some sewn onto it trim on the edges.

If you have an overlocker, those might be a good place for an overlocked rolled hem too. You could also do it on a sewing machine in a few ways. I think on the neck though, you might have to do that over a cord or something, to reinforce it a bit or it might not be sturdy enough and might get stretched out, but maybe not.

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