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Do you stretch the binding to fit?
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Date: 3/29/10 8:19 AM

Hi all. I'm new at using a coverstitch machine and am trying to figure out how to use a binder attachment. I'm a little confused... If I want to attach binding to a neck opening of a dance costume, do I go ahead and stretch the binding lycra strip that's being fed through the binder attachment? I mean, the strip has to be cut a couple inches smaller than the opening, so I would have to stretch it somehow, right?
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Date: 3/29/10 6:09 PM

You don't stretch the binding, the binder does that for you. Do NOT cut the strip shorter than the neckline when you're using a binder! If you're attaching the binding in the round, with sewing machine or serger, then yes you cut it shorter than the neckline.

With a binder, you need your binding to be at least 6" longer than the finished neckline.

You can't bind with a binder in the round. You need to leave one shoulder seam open, then bind the neckline. Cut a binding several inches longer than you need, as you'll need to pull the binding under the CS foot and anchor it by taking a few stitches into it; that'll use up a couple inches of binding. When your binding is anchored, you insert your top neckline into the binder slot and away ya go. Just guide the neckline into the binder slot; don't push or pull or stretch anything. The CS does the work, you're just along for the ride.

Continue stitching for a few inches into the binding after the top is completely through the coverstitch machine, then cut binding & threads and remove the top. Trim off the excess binding on each end and sew or serge the 2nd shoulder seam.

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Date: 3/30/10 1:56 PM

Thank you so much, Lynne, for taking the time to help me out. Sounds like this is going to be so much easier than attaching binding on the serger or sewing machine!

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Date: 3/30/10 3:19 PM

You're very welcome! A couple practise runs, and you'll be a pro! It really is so easy to bind with a coverstitch & binding attachment.

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Date: 3/30/10 7:33 PM

Lynne is my Coverstitcher hero!

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Date: 4/2/12 8:25 PM

Thank you! I had the same question. I can't wait to experiment with my binder now!

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Date: 4/11/12 9:37 AM

I love using my binder attachment on my Evolve. But I'm wondering if anyone else has the problem of serging that bound shoulder seam afterwards.

I'm getting better at it, but it isn't easy to get those bound edges to run under the presser foot and then serge them evenly. They kind of get hung up right before the needles. I try lifting the back of the presser foot with a wad of fabric and then push the binding through with my fingers, but it still doesn't feed smoothly.

I even use a tiny piece of fusible and give them a hard press to flatten them, but still not a perfect job.

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Date: 4/11/12 10:44 AM

Press really firmly first (and beat the binding into flat submission with a cloth-covered hammer, if necessary), and then start at the opposite end and serge up to and over the binding. Allowing for a slightly larger seam allowance (at least for the side you'll be closing last) is a help.

You can also try hand-tacking the binding area first, to keep the seams aligned, then you're not battling that.

Leave enough binding strip to hang onto, as well, so you can guide the seam into the blades and under the foot.

But getting that seam as flat as possible first is the trick.

If you have bulkier/heavier fabric, I would sew all the seams and then bind in the round without the binder attachment.



ETA: a slightly longer stitch length may also help; with the higher thickness in the binding area, you need a slightly longer length of thread to make the stitch. You can lengthen the stitch by a click or two just before entering The Binding Zone.
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Date: 4/11/12 12:11 PM

Thanks. Maybe I do need to beat it more and make it more flat.

How do you bind in the round? Do you mean with the sewing machine instead of the serger and binder attachment?

Nadine :)

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Date: 4/11/12 12:37 PM

I still use my serger to bind in the round. You first sew both shoulder seams, then sew the binding into a circle. The binding is then applied to the neckline. To bind in the round the binding needs to be a smaller circle than the neckline circle, and is stretched to fit.

I prefer binding in the round, as it's all one smooth binding, not interrupted at the one shoulder seam.

There's some good how-to videos on the net, I'll try to find one, if others don't beat me to it.

ETA: Found one of the best how-to videos in my file pile.

Threads Magazine binding knit necklines (in the round)
-- Edited on 4/11/12 12:41 PM --

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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