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Date: 4/11/13 6:57 AM

I know this is super basic, but I can't find a tutorial I'm comfortable with. Where is the best, simplest, and most thorough explanation located? Websites are great, but I'm willing to buy a book too....

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Date: 4/11/13 8:29 AM

I don't know if this will answer all your questions, but check out www.Wrights.com. They have some "how to" hints on their site.

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Date: 4/11/13 3:05 PM

I always find the explanations on Colette Pattern's website to be very clear and well written. There are two of those that come to mind.

First, here is a tutorial on the website:
Colette Patterns bias facing tutorial

Second, there are instructions for bias tape facing in the Sorbetto top instructions (a free download).
Sorbetto top

Hope one of these helps!

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Date: 4/11/13 4:47 PM

I hope this is ok to do...
Melissa of Fehr Trade has one on her blog that makes sense:
Bias tutorial
Hope that helps
judy

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Date: 4/11/13 5:12 PM

Remember that when you do that first line of stitching, to sew the bias tape onto the neckline (for example), that line of stitching is on your seam line. See the Colette Tutorial, step 3. Note how you are instructed to stitch/sew along the first fold of the tape.

That is, if you are working with a pattern with a 5/8-inch seam allowance, and you want to do a bias facing, you'll need to either trim the seam allowance down to the width of that fold in the bias tape (usually 1/4-inch) or mark the seam line and match the bias tape fold to the seam line, then trim off the excess garment seam allowance after that first line of stitching.

The point to keep in mind is that the seam line on your pattern is the edge of the neckline, whether you use bias tape binding or you use a facing.

CMC

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Date: 4/11/13 7:39 PM

I knw I'm asking or the moon here, but what do I do when I get to the zipper :P

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