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Need: a source for the binding found on RTW polarfleece shirts and jackets
Zhiraf
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Date: 6/4/11 3:49 PM

I am also looking for a source for the binding found on RTW polarfleece shirts and jackets. It is somewhat stretchy, has a smooth outer surface, and is prefolded in half, probably 1/2" to 5/8" wide.

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Date: 6/4/11 5:00 PM

I have bought lycra/nylon knits that are precut for binding polarfleece and I think they were near the regular seam bindings wrapped on a card. Otherwise you can cut your own from any knit with some lycra. Just cut it on the crossgrain. I'm thinking that you could use some of the wider foldover elastics for this purpose too.

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Date: 6/4/11 5:24 PM

To bind the edges of several fleece vests, I have used a simple matte black wickaway knit from Fabricline. This fabric is a lightweight doubleknit (not a jersey), and is quite stretchy on the crosswise grain, even though it has no lycra. I cut crosswise strips and used the Sarah Veblen's Threads magazine online video to judge the proper length for the binding. Then I made a single-layer binding, stitched right sides of binding and vest together, then wrapped over the armhole edge (from which 5/8” had been trimmed), and finally stitched in the ditch on the wrong side, with the excess just trimmed off.

On the whole, I’d recommend this particular fabric for edge-binding fleece. It kind of “wants” to wrap around edges, and is extremely user-friendly. I just casually pinned it in place to get an even 3/8” binding.



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Date: 6/4/11 6:25 PM

Kathleen Rhome sells binding like this (but it is NOT prefolded)
http://stores.ebay.com/Kathys-Lace-and-Elastic-Outlet
or join her yahoo group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kathy_s

NAYY

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Date: 6/4/11 7:36 PM

It's called fold-over elastic. Most FOE sold for the home sewing market is shiny but with some searching you can find the same FOE they use on RTW polar fleece garments. Be aware you want a FOE that's wider rather than narrower. Polar fleece is thick and bulky and if the FOE is too narrow it doesn't work, especially over seam intersections. HTH

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Date: 6/4/11 8:00 PM

If you don't want to make your own and can use a basic color, Wrights makes fleece binding, it comes on cards, and is sold with the bias tape.
Most rtw uses nylon lycra binding. It's easy to make your own, just be careful, some lycras have the most stretch going lengthwise. (ask me how I know, lol) Wide foldover elastic works well, and my favorite is binding made from microfleece. It's thin and has enough stretch to go around curves. I like how the texture blends with the fleece instead of contrasting.

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Date: 6/5/11 0:17 AM

Thank you all. You would think that searching for 'binding' on Joann's website would have shown me this earlier today, but no... However, a search for 'fleece binding' got exactly what I want and you all describe!

Thank you!

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