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Tips & Techniques > Fusible Thread for Applying Double Fold Binding

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Posted on: 7/1/07 2:55 PM
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I was asked on a recent review for clarification on how I used fusible thread to apply double fold binding, so here's a thrown together demo. Not a couture technique by any means, but it'll save you all those pin pokes!

1) With fusible thread in the bobbin, sew a basting line ~1/8" from the fold on the cut edge that ultimately will be turned to the inside of the item to be bound.

2) sew the opposite cut edge of the binding to the edge on the right side of the item to be bound.

3) turn the binding over the edge of the item to be bound; the fusible thread will come into contact with the interior side of the item to be bound. Press with an iron to melt the thread and fuse the binding in place. No need for pins! To permanently secure the binding in place, topstitch on the right side of the binding.

Follow the Photo URL to see photos of the process.

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ryansmumAria said... (8/12/07 12:05 PM) Reply
Brilliant - thanks for sharing!
GrissyG said... (7/16/07 7:53 PM) Reply
Cool way to do binding. Great!
CM_Sews said... (7/16/07 7:19 PM) Reply
SewsLikeCrazy, here's a link to a method for using fusible thread to apply double-fold French binding to a quilt. Could be adapted to garment sewing. Very Short Synopsis: put the fusible thread in the bobbin, sew the binding to the piece (quilt, garment) with a zig-zag stitch (exposes more fusible), then, turn, press, and stitch. Details here:
nancy2001 said... (7/8/07 8:26 AM) Reply
Great idea. I have a spool of fusible thread I've never used. Now I'll be able to use it. Thank you.
Sewlikecrazy99 said... (7/3/07 0:54 AM) Reply
This is a good tip if you apply old fashioned style of binding. I like to use french binding where you fold the strip in half to start. You don't want to stitch the fold of french binding - it needs to float until its in place. I guess you could stitch the edge of the fabric you are binding to get the fusible thread in place. But fusible thread is so expensive. I would rather buy steam-a-seam.
CSM--Carla said... (7/2/07 5:49 PM) Reply
Great tip Leslie, Thank you for the turotial. I have YKK fusible thread and have had trouble with it falling apart. Has this ever happened to you? Can you use fusible thread in the upper part of the machine. Thanks in advance for your help. Carla
Hilary said... (7/2/07 4:03 PM) Reply
Thanks for clarifying this!! I need to get some of this fusible thread :p
Don McCunn said... (7/2/07 10:25 AM) Reply
Very nice idea. Great photos. I've used fusible thread a lot for rolled hems but never thought of it for applying bias tape.
Annie- oh said... (7/2/07 10:13 AM) Reply
And thank you for the photos, too!
Mary Stiefer said... (7/2/07 9:39 AM) Reply
What a great idea. I love this. I have never been able to stitch in the ditch on binding. Maybe this will set me on the right track. Love it.
Meredith P said... (7/2/07 9:09 AM) Reply
Thanks, Leslie!
KempCorr said... (7/1/07 8:26 PM) Reply
Brilliant ! Thanks.
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