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Date: 7/4/14 3:40 PM

I hope it is okay if I keep asking questions....there is no one I know who sews and I am trying to teach myself! So, I am making the housecoat and I am at the point where I am attaching the sleeve to the front and back. It says to baste seam binding and I don't know what that is or what the picture is trying to show. I am attaching a link to see the pattern step from the instructions. https://www.flickr.com/photos/116698258@N03/sets/72157645512520174/
I think the pattern assumes you can sew well already. Also, I made the darts for the shoulders as in the picture, and pressed the seam open, but does it just stay like that?Thanks so much!

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Date: 7/4/14 5:40 PM

It looks like it is being used to "stay" the seams to keep them from stretching.

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Date: 7/4/14 7:03 PM

I agree, it looks like it's being used to stay the seam. Does it tell you what you are supposed to use as "seam binding"? I would probably use a twill tape, it looks like you are meant to sew it while you sew the seam. So just pin it to the edge of your seam allowance and sew as though it were another layer of fabric rather than attaching it separately either before or after you sew your seam.

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Date: 7/4/14 7:31 PM

The Wright's hem tape is sometimes referred to as seam binding.

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Date: 7/4/14 7:35 PM

All it said for notions was "seam binding". No explanation. It is a simplicity pattern from, I am guessing, the 60's. I am not familiar with twill tape......is it something common?

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Date: 7/4/14 7:54 PM

In the 60s, 1/2" wide seam binding, was rayon, which is much softer than the polyester stuff they put in 3-yard packages on the notions aisle now. You'd be doing yourself a favor if you opted for polyester twill tape, instead. It's also available in precut lengths on the notions aisle. It will serve the same purpose inside your robe, and you'll find lots of other uses for it as your sewing progresses. Another option, possibly more readily available since it might not require a trip to the store, is the selvage edge of a piece of closely woven cotton or polyester/cotton. Just cut a 1/2 strip of the selvage and use it wherever the instructions say "seam binding." All you're doing is stitching a non-stretch, ribbony length of something to a seam that might stretch out of shape because it is cut on the bias. Frankly, today's version of that robe probably wouldn't have you even bother with the binding.


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Date: 7/5/14 9:43 AM

Yes, I have even used a piece of ribbon in a pinch, but the stay "stuff " ( what ever you use )is important, depending on the fabric that you are using for the garment, for the reason stated.

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Date: 7/5/14 10:29 AM

WARNING: NOVICE COMMENT
Would they be recommending something like Hug Snug? http://www.wawak.com/products/product.cfm/pid/1203/Hug-Snug-Seam-Binding-Black/

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Date: 7/5/14 11:52 AM

I have nothing to add on the seam binding, but please do keep asking questions. I've found everyone on PR to be very helpful, even for questions others might consider very basic.

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Date: 7/5/14 12:01 PM

I like to finish seams using my serger. Try it if you have one, on a piece of scrap. You can also finish seams with a sewing machine, use a close zigzag stitch. You want to practice this first.
Seam binding and hem tape are two different things. Seam binding has a double fold, so it will wrap around the seam easy, hem tape is flat.

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