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Posted on: 10/17/08 8:52 PM
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Today, I cut binding for a neckline using a rotary blade. However, I cut it too wide and when I tried to cut it down more, it wouldn't allow me to. It was a very tight knit. I tried scissors and it didn't work either. I needed a very straight cut since it would bind the neck and be very obvious. I recall a tip I read and maybe even have already passsed along - cut strips using an unthreaded overlock/serger! I was able to cut a rather narrow binding, much narrower than I have before. I had the most even piece imaginable and I ended up with a perfect looking binded neckline!!! What a thrill. It was folded in half and ironed before I serged/cut it down. I never would have ended up with such a straight piece using my rotary cutter due to the type of knit it is.
I read about sewing each and everyday, I'm completely addicted. I love this tip and it makes sense - when you make your own piping. Make it a bit wider than you need, maybe by an inch or more. After you have used your zipper foot to sew in the cording, you then measure from that stitch line and figure your seam allowance ( I use 1/2 rather than 5/8 seam allowancess), then you trim your seam allowance using your unthreaded serger to cut. YOu will end up with a much more accurate cording. This is going to make sewing cording SO much easier for me and I only wish I had read this tip YEARS ago as I have suffered immeasurably from making a mess of cording. I hope this helps others as well.

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said... (10/22/09 10:53 PM) Reply
I LOVE THIS IDEA!! Thanks for sharing
purplebouquet said... (11/10/08 3:24 PM) Reply
This is such a fabulous tip. I created perfect strips of fabric to be used in a binder attachment. Thanks!
TracyB said... (10/20/08 11:10 PM) Reply
I can hardly wait to try this. Genius!
jeanharville said... (10/20/08 8:31 AM) Reply
Thanks for the tip. I make a lot of cording and always need to trim the seam allowance on it. This is a perfect fix.
kathi s said... (10/19/08 0:02 AM) Reply
Thank you!
Stitchcakes said... (10/18/08 8:57 AM) Reply
nancy2001 said... (10/18/08 8:20 AM) Reply
Great tip. That's using your noodle.
petro said... (10/18/08 5:28 AM) Reply
This sound really useful. I have read a tip to use the serger to cut neat seam allowances on very fine fabrics, (think bridalwear), by cutting out roughly first, then running through the serger with the pattern still pinned on as a guide.
Braemar said... (10/18/08 4:01 AM) Reply
I have done this after seeing Kenneth King do it on video. It does give a really smooth cut!
sewtime said... (10/18/08 0:13 AM) Reply
Fantastic tip, thanks!
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