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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > ripples in bias tape ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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ripples in bias tape
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Date: 3/2/13 7:55 PM

I just attached double bias to the hem of a cotton dress I am sewing (baby pillowcase dress). It has lots of ripples in it after I topstitched. I have used double bias on two other projects and that didn't happen until I after I washed it. This time I washed it before sewing. What are some possible causes for this? I am about to put the binding around the arm holes and don't want to repeat the same mistake.

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Date: 3/2/13 8:29 PM

Usually that is caused by the top layer being slightly stretched while being stitched. The fabric next to the feed dogs can be being feed at a greater rate, especially if there is a little too much pressure on the foot. If you can't adjust the pressure on your presser foot, try to slightly ease in the top part. Or, you could tack it down first with a glue stick or steam-a-seam or try an even feed foot.

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Ruckertt's Law; There is nothing so small that it can't be blown out of proportion.

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Date: 3/2/13 8:52 PM

Ok. I did pull a bit on the bias to cover something so that must have done it. So frustrating. No matter how slowly I go and how many times I go back to the tutorials I do something wrong. I sure have learnt a lot from all my mistakes. Luckily all my kids are too little to know! They are very accommodating guinea pigs!

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Date: 3/2/13 9:11 PM

It is frustrating sometimes, but it happens to all of of at one time or another. Here's another easy finish as an aternative to a hem. I have used this on skirts for my granddaughter; sew the top edge of some ribbon on the wrong side of the skirt near the edge, join the ends and finish sewing. Turn it to the right side and press, then topstitch the remaining edge. Done!

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Ruckertt's Law; There is nothing so small that it can't be blown out of proportion.

Bernina 1230 Bernette 007D
Brother CS6000i Brother 2340 CV
New Home L372 US Blindhem,
Singer 221K (off white) Model SL 718/2D
Simplicity SE2 Brother 700II

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Date: 3/2/13 9:16 PM

I might add where I learned this. If you look at the Oliver + S patterns, there is a link to free downloadable instructions for their Lazy Days Skirt. It shows how to make an elastic waist skirt with the ribbon hem.

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Ruckertt's Law; There is nothing so small that it can't be blown out of proportion.

Bernina 1230 Bernette 007D
Brother CS6000i Brother 2340 CV
New Home L372 US Blindhem,
Singer 221K (off white) Model SL 718/2D
Simplicity SE2 Brother 700II

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Date: 3/2/13 10:50 PM

What a great idea for the ribbon. Such a cute skirt. I actually have a stash of cute ribbons just waiting to be used. I am trying a new technique with each dress so that will be next! Thank goodness for internet!

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Date: 3/3/13 0:33 AM

No kidding! I have learned so much from others blogs.
I have made several of these skirts for my granddaughter. they take so littel time and so little fabric. The only change I make sometimes, because she is in 6's and 7's, is if the fabric is only 41 or so inches wide I cut two sections so there is a total of about 50 or so inches in the skirt. The 40 or 42 might be allright for the smaller sizes.
The other easy finish I found from one dress pattern was to have a 2 or 3 inch band on the bottom of a contrast. It was put on like a large binding, sewn on the back forst then brought to the front and topstitched. Seemed easier and faster than doing a hem.

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Ruckertt's Law; There is nothing so small that it can't be blown out of proportion.

Bernina 1230 Bernette 007D
Brother CS6000i Brother 2340 CV
New Home L372 US Blindhem,
Singer 221K (off white) Model SL 718/2D
Simplicity SE2 Brother 700II

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Date: 3/5/13 10:55 AM

Could a binder foot help? I haven't used one yet, but am definitely curious to hear other people's experiences with them.

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Date: 3/5/13 11:20 AM

I've applied a lot of bias (not tape though - it's always been bias I cut myself) bindings to necklines of little smocked dressed. It's never rippled. I take time to carefully pin (and closely pin) coaxing the bias into a curve that matches the curve on garment where I'm applying it. Then I usually baste it in place. I check at that point to make sure it all looks smooth even turning the bias over the neckline at that point to get an idea how the final stitching will look.

I've never had ripples at that point. I check to make sure the little bound neckline is the same width all around. I sometimes find errors and have to rip out the basting and restitch. Once this is done, it looks good after I machine stitch.

To me, it's worth the extra effort as the neckline frames the face and the smocking on the dress. (I realize you aren't smocking, but whatever you are binding is probably just as much a focal point.)

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Date: 3/5/13 11:25 AM

I used bias tape recently on a neck line, and tried pressing it into a curve on my ironing board before I applied it. I tried to match the curve of the neck as much as I could. It went on very well, no ripples.

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