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Posted on: 11/12/13 12:18 PM
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I think the tip for making binding using a couple of needles in the ironing board the width of the toe of the iron apart has been posted before. I couldn't find it today, see my photo if its new to you. Whilst making some for bound seam allowances to neaten the inside of a garment, it occurred to me that having two more needles a bit further down the ironing board (about six inches away from the first set), arranged so that the space between them was half the width of the space between the first set, would allow me to have the binding pre-folded and ready to slot the raw edge of the seam allowance in. So, with the first step, you start a bit off the hard way, folding and pressing, then thread it under the needles so that the binding folds itself edges to middle as you pull through. Then, when you have six or seven inches or so beyond the first two needles, fold a bit along the centre line and press it. Thread this bit under another two needles. You can tug it through, pressing the first two folds between the first set of needles, and the final fold between the last two needles.
Works fine, ends up like commercial binding but matching your lining.

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pointpatou said... (1/23/16 6:56 PM) Reply
An interesting method, but I use flat bias strips for Hong Kong piping. I place the strip right side to the right side of the seam allowance, stitch 1/4" or 1/8", turn the strip to the back side of the SA and finish it.
Mauigirl said... (11/19/13 6:13 PM) Reply
Learned this one years ago from Elizabeth Travis Johnson in one of her classes, use it a lot. Thanks for posting
Annie- oh said... (11/13/13 6:42 PM) Reply
Thanks for the photo, too!
Laurie Lou said... (11/13/13 5:00 PM) Reply
Worth a try, I like it...I'll try this! Thanks
Pj3g said... (11/13/13 2:24 PM) Reply
Nice! No special gadget necessary!
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