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Date: 6/19/13 12:41 PM

Iím making a tank top from Simplicity 2189. Thereís a neck band and armhole bands. Iím using a knit fabric. Iím confused by the neckband instructions.

Iíll give the instructions that came with the pattern:

Stitch center back seam of neckband. Fold in half lengthwise with wrong sides together, press, and pin.
On outside pin band to neck edge matching centers and placing small dots at shoulder seams and having raw edges even.
These two steps make sense to me.

The next instruction says: stitch in a 3/8Ē seam stretching band to fit. Press seam toward garment pressing band out. On outside stitch garment close to seam.
This is where Iím confused. I folded the neckband in half and pressed it so do I stitch one raw edge of the band to the raw edge of the top then fold it over and stitch the other raw edge of the neckband to the top?

I would think that I would open the neckband and pin one side to the top and sew around then bring the other end over to the other side of the top and stitch it down but then I would have raw edges on both sides.

The instructions make it sound like I sew the edge of the neckband that has the raw edges to the inside of the top then fold the double thickness to the other side and stitch.

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Date: 6/19/13 1:14 PM

The instructions are right. You will have a raw edge on the inside that you can either zig zag or serge over if you want to. It's a knit so it's not going to ravel.

This video by Sarah Veblen is the best on the web at explaining how to bind a knit neck edge. HTH

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Date: 6/20/13 8:50 AM

No, according to the instructions you should have a 'loop' of band folded in half, WRONG sides TOGETHER. They are telling you to put the three edges together, sew. Press the neckline so that the raw edges are down inside the neck. And sew like a top stitch, from the outside, to hold it down neatly.

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Date: 6/20/13 10:37 AM

I agree with Rosalaya.

The instructions are for a neckBAND, like on a RTW tshirt with a ribbed band at the top. It is different from a BINDING, in which you sew one sade of the binding onto the garment, and then fold it over the raw edge and sew.

With a neckband application, you sew the band to the outside of the tee, then flip it up. The raw edges go to the inside, and then you can topstitch along the seamline (stitch in the ditch), or do a decorative stitch a bit below the seamline. This will keep the band tidy. Your band is 2 layers, the garment one layer.

HTH, marec
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Date: 6/20/13 1:24 PM

I love Sarah Veblen's video also! There are several variations on how to do neckbands...or bindings.....

Just find a method you like and stick with it....some variations will need change of technique down the road.

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Date: 6/21/13 11:57 AM

I folded the band in two and sewed it to the top. I now have three raw edges on the inside and the band stands up 3/8 inch.

Do you mean I should topstitch just under the seam or on the top edge of the band? Or fold over the band and stitch it just under the seam? Am I topstitching to keep the raw edges tidy or for some other reason?

The band Ďdipsí in the front of the top for about three inches. Itís not bad; maybe itís the way it should be?

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Date: 6/21/13 3:31 PM

Top stitch under the band in the body of the garment. You're top stitching to keep the seams from rolling out.

As far as the band dipping (I"m guessing you mean it's not laying flat against you )if you watch the video I linked to above she shows you how to press/steam the band so that it snugs up the neckline and that will eliminate the dip. If that doesn't help it could be the band was slightly too big for the neckline which is not uncommon with patterns. The video above shows you how to stretch and size the band so that you can accommodate different stretch factors for different fabrics.

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Date: 6/21/13 5:14 PM

Hi rimna5,
To finish your neckband-
1. topstitch below the seam where the neckband was attached, or stitch in the ditch. Topstitching below is a bit easier.
2. Follow the technique that simplystitches listed about pressing gently to see if the neckband shrinks into place a bit.

On your next neckband, you might try this-
1. Measure the opening and cut a band that length plus 1/2" for insurance.
2. Fold the piece lengthwise and pin to your opening. I pin so the band must be stretched slightly at the back of the armhole, or evenly around a neck.
3. ****There will be some extra at the ends. Match them and pin where you will sew a short seam. Carefully sew the seam on the short end of the band and trim the extra. Fold back the little seam allowances and continue to finetune the pinning of the band to the opening.
4. Sew the band onto the garment.
5. Press. Topstitch, or stitch in ditch. Trim.

have fun!! marec
-- Edited on 6/21/13 5:15 PM --

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Date: 6/21/13 5:48 PM

Thanks everyone

The video was great!

I'm making a second tank top and I'll pay closer attention to the length of the neckband. From what everyone said and looking closer I think the neckband should have been a hair shorter for a better fit.

Maybe starting from the front to the sides would make the neckband stretch better - lay better - across the front of the top also.

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