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Adding binding to M6559
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Date: 7/2/12 5:07 PM

Hi gals!
I have a quick question about binding. I'm using a baby rib jersey fabric for my maxi dress and I'd like to add binding to the neck and armholes. Since the fabric is stretchy already do I need to cut the strips on the bias? Or can I just cut strips and attach it like I normally attach binding?

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Su.
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Date: 7/2/12 6:50 PM

If I read this correctly, you want to apply woven fabric bias strips to neck and armholes of a knit dress. I ask because another option would be to use knit strips cut from your dress fabric to bind.

Woven strips: Yes, cut them on the bias so that you can shape and form the bias strips effectively on the round armholes and neckline.

Knit strips: cut across the grain so that the direction of the most stretch runs along the length of the strip.

CMC

**There's a method of binding the edges of a knit garment with knit strips such that the strip is on the inside, but I can't find the photo/tutorial right now. (I'll edit this if I find the tute later.) Quick explanation: Take your knit strip for the binding and fold wrong sides together. On the right side of the garment, place the binding so that the raw edges of the binding and the neckline match. Stitch binding to neckline/armhole. Press seam allowances toward the binding and understitch the seam allowances to the binding. Fold binding to the inside of the garment on the original stitching line. From the inside, stitch along the edge of the binding. On the inside, you'll see two stitching lines on the binding. From the outside, you'll see a smooth finish, with one line of stitching 1/2-inch from the edge of the neckline (or whatever measurement you use).

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Date: 7/2/12 9:34 PM

Thanks so much for your help! I was referring to knit binding for a knit garment. I cut strips along the crosswise grain because it was the most stretchy. However I didn't measure the strips correctly and I ended up with a gaping neck. not the look I was going for but I'll keep trying!

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Date: 7/2/12 10:31 PM

Threads Magazine video: A Neckline Binding for Knits

Have you seen this video? I found it to be very helpful.

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Date: 7/3/12 3:19 AM

The neck might have been gaping because you didn't cut the strips short enough. The binding strip should be a little bit shorter than what you're binding, so that it has recovery.

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Date: 7/3/12 11:04 AM

This video shows self-fabric binding. The interlock fabric used to make the neck binding is nowhere near as stretchy as ribbing is designed to be. Be sure to decrease the length of the binding more when using ribbing.

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