This photo shows the join where the armhole meets with the sideseam. Super neat huh!
Read on to learn this technique.
Regular readers of my blog would know that I started taking sewing lessons halfway through the year. This has proven to be an incredibly fabulous experience. Having been self-taught up to that stage, the only techniques I had in my tool box were the ones I'd picked up from sewing pattern sheets and the odd online tutorial. Since taking lessons however, I have learned so many sewing tricks and techniques that have considerably improved the finish and fit of my garments. Today I thought I'd share one of my favourites. This was developed by my fabulous teacher Robyn of Robyn's Learn to Sew Studio. Robyn's teaches sewing lessons in Cairns.
This tutorial will show you how to join bias binding in a continuous circle. My tutorial shows how this technique can be used on an armhole. The lengths I have written are approximations only.
Joining Bias Binding (Armhole)
1. Cut your length of bias binding approximately 14 cm longer than the circumference of the armhole.
2. Begin by sewing your bias binding to your garment 4 cm from your side-seam. Make sure you have left a generous tail of bias binding. Sew the binding around the armhole, finishing 4 cm from the other side of the side-seam. Once again you should have a generous tail to work with.
3. Take one tail of bias binding, align it with the sideseam. Mark or clip both sides of the folded tape. Repeat with other tail.
4. Open out your bias tape. (See diagram below)
5. Overlap both sides of the binding so you have the right-sides together.
6. The marks/clips should run down the centre of the tape both on the up-side and down-side. I have drawn faint lines to show where the marks are placed underneath.
7. Pin according to diagram. With your pin in place, open out the tape and check that your stitch line will create a continuous line of tape. If it doesn't, you have probably pinned in the wrong diagonal direction.
8. Stitch along pin line.
9. Trim your tails.
10. Press the seam open.
11. Pin down your bias strip. It should be a perfect fit and look divine! Check out the picture. What's missing? An ugly, obvious, folded join. Yippee!
I hope you all find this as useful as me.