How To Sew Bias Tape
One of the most commonly used sewing techniques is bias tape, which you can use to finish off any unfinished edges on a garment, or use as a decorative stitch. Learn how to sew bias tape with these helpful tips and techniques in this blog post!
What is Bias Tape?
Bias tape is a type of tape that is used to keep items in place while they are being sewn. It is also known as bias binding and bias tape.
Bias tape is made from two different types of fabric: one that is thin and the other that is thicker. The thinner fabric is folded in half, and then sewn to the thicker fabric. This creates a bias edge on one side of the tape. The bias edge helps to hold the two fabrics together while they are being sewn.
Bias tape can be used for a variety of purposes, including sewing together fabric edges, holding fabric pieces in place while they are being sewn, and creating patterns. It comes in a variety of colors, including black and pink.
How to Sew Bias Tape
If you’re like me, you probably hate sew bias tape. I find it frustrating to sew and it always seems to come undone. But bias tape isn’t as hard as you think it is, and with a few easy tips, you can sew it like a pro! Here’s how to sew bias tape:
1. Get your materials ready: sew bias tape, scissors, seam ripper, iron.
2. Cut the sew bias tape to your desired length. I recommend cutting it about 1/2″ shorter than the finished length of the seam you’re going to use it on so that there’s enough overlap.
3. Iron the sew bias tape down so that the seams are completely enclosed and the fabric is flat against the ironing board.
4. Sew the seam using a zigzag stitch or a straight stitch. Try to match up the raw edges of the sew bias tape as closely as possible so that it looks seamless when finished.
5. Trim any excess sew bias tape and iron it flat again.
Different Types of Sew Bias Tape
sew Bias tape is a great way to keep your fabric in place while you sew. There are a few different types of sew bias tape, and each has its own unique properties. This guide will help you choose the right bias tape for the project you’re working on. Learn the difference between woven and non-woven tape notions. The differences in these two types are important for layering as well as for preventing puckers on knits. Learn what each of them is best for.
How to Layer sew Bias Tape Properly. Bias tape is great for sewing projects, but it can be tricky to master the proper way of applying it when doing so. This article will explain how to layer bias tape properly, when to use it and where not to use it at all, among other valuable tips and tricks! You will definitely learn something new here with each step you take! You may also be interested to read: How to Sew Bias Tape on a bias tape foot? It can be hard for beginners to learn how to layer sew bias tape properly. You may discover some tips and tricks in the article below, which will come in handy when you need it most. It is a very useful article nonetheless, so take your time and read through it carefully!
How to Layer Bias Tape Properly. Bias tape is great for sewing projects, but it can be tricky to master the proper way of applying it when doing so. This article will explain how to layer sew bias tape properly, when to use it and where not to use it at all, among other valuable tips and tricks! You will definitely learn something new here with each step you take!
How to Use sew Bias Tape
sew Bias tape is a versatile and often overlooked sewing tool. It can be used to hem pants, to reinforce seams, and to hold fabric in place. Here are four tips for using sew bias tape:
1. Start with the right size sew bias tape. The width of the tape should be close to but not exactly the same as the fabric you’re using. This will ensure a strong bond between the fabric and the tape.
2. Apply the tape in a running stitch along one edge of the fabric. Make sure that you position the needle so that it’s below the surface of the fabric (this will help prevent skipped stitches).
3. Pull up on the running stitch until the tape is tight against the edge of the fabric. Be sure to press down firmly on both sides of the tape to ensure a strong bond.
4. Repeat steps 2-3 along the other side of your fabric. You can use sew bias tape in a variety of ways! Here are just a few ideas: Attach all the seams on the back of your garment to give it some extra structure. Or attach the waistband to avoid bunching when you wear it by itself. Attach a belt at the waistband opening and tie your skirt or pants to keep them up. If you’re using a contrasting fabric for your skirt or pants, try making an arc with a single length of sew bias tape at each seam line and stitching at each end of the arc over the waistband portion. This will help to keep the waistband from pulling up as you wear it.
5. Turn your garment with the side facing you and take a stitch along each seam line with a 3/8th inch seam allowance.
6. Fold the end of the bias tape over to create a neat finish, pin in place and cover all exposed sew bias tape stitching with more bias tape.
7. Continue sewing around your garment, leaving an opening at the bottom when you get back to the beginning of one of the sides (like so:).
8. When you come back to where you started your journey, leave a long tail on both ends of your sew bias tape so that you can later sew those ends together securely.
9. Finish off by sewing an invisible zipper or tying down a 3/8th inch seam allowance along the edge to finish it off. 10. Repeat for the other side, including folding over your bias tape to create a neat finish and sew down one of the long ends.
11. Pull all your pins out when you are finished sewing and enjoy wearing your newly constructed dress! It’s that simple!
Fashion tip: Bias tape is great because it is so versatile and can be used in so many different ways. You can use it to fasten ruffles or tie a bow on tops, give an extra pop to a simple dress or as my mom likes to do, use it as a belt at the back of your skirt! It will also give you something unique to add on top of some of your favourite tops, or even to put on the front of a shirt to add an extra layer.
Sewing Techniques for Making Bias Tape
Creating bias tape is a great way to finish off a garment and add a pop of color. Here are five sewing techniques for making bias tape:
1. Overcasting: This is the traditional method of making bias tape. First, measure the desired length of tape and set your machine to the overcast stitch. Sew the short end of the tape to the long end, making sure to match the seam allowance. Clip the overcast stitching close to the fabric.
2. French Seaming: This method is great for creating even tension on bias tape and prevents fraying. To use this technique, start by cutting two pieces of fabric that are slightly larger than the desired length of bias tape. Next, baste one piece of fabric to one side of the other fabric using a slip stitch or zigzag stitch. Then, position the second piece of fabric over the first and baste it in place using a straight stitch or zigzag stitch. Finally, cut off any excess fabric around both pieces of fabric.
3. Overcasting and Zipper Hemming: This technique is perfect for creating a neat finished edge on bias tape that doesn’t fray. To do this, start by hemming the raw edge of the bias tape using a serger. Next, fold over the hem allowance 1/4” and zigzag stitch it down to create an invisible seam along the raw edge of the fabric. Finally, turn your bias tape right side out and sew it into place with a zipper foot or needle and thread.
4. Tailor’s Snipping: This technique is especially useful for turning in-seam pockets on fleece fabrics that tend to fray easily. To use this technique you will need two pairs of scissors, a straight stitch foot and a rotary cutter blade. First, cut all the seams in your garment piece 1/4” below where you want them to be finished.
Next, you will need to trim the seam allowances into ⅛” wide strips. These will be used as a guide for your next set of cuts. Now, use the rotary cutter blade to cut through all of these seams at the same time and they should all be perfectly aligned (watch how this video shows how to do this). Finally, once you have cut through each seam allowance, turn your garment right side out and press it flat. This will ensure that your seam is in the right place when you sew it down.
5. Pro-tip: If you are using knit fabrics for sewing such as cottons , then you may want to iron your seams before sewing them down. I used a flat iron while sewing my seams down and they came out just as I had hoped. If you are doing knit fabrics, it is best to do your pressing after they have been sewn. This is because cottons often shrink in length when being pressed so press them before sewing them down.
6. Inserting Trim: To insert the trim, first pick up one long end and fold it over about an inch and a half or two inches from the raw edge of the dress and pin it in place (watch how this video shows how to do this). Next, fold over another inch or two from where you pinned the trimmings and continue pinning them along the hem of the dress. I like to do this at an angle so that it looks more finished.
7. Making a Hem: Since my girls dresses were knit and not woven or knitted stretchy fabrics, I decided to hem them in a nice thick crepe. To do this, measure about 2 inches from the bottom of your dress on both sides and make a small mark with a pencil or pen. Next, measure out another inch from where you just made the first mark and make another mark there too.
Tips and Tricks for Sewing with Bias Tape
When it comes to sewing with bias tape, there are a few tips and tricks that can make the process a lot easier. For starters, make sure your fabric is tightly woven so that the bias tape doesn’t stretch out of shape. Then, follow these simple steps to sew with bias tape:
1. Make a paper template of the object you’re going to sew with bias tape to ensure accuracy.
2. Cut two pieces of bias tape the same length as the object’s finished dimensions.
3. Carefully fold one piece of bias tape in half so that the long edge is aligned along one short edge of the template. Mark this folded edge with a pin.
4. Now fold the other piece of bias tape in half so that its long edge is aligned along the opposite short edge of the template. Mark this folded edge with a second pin.
5. Use a sewing machine or hand-sewing techniques to sew both folded edges together, ensuring that they are tight against the template (you may need to use a seam ripper to get them really close). Repeat on all other sides of the object.
The best fabrics to use with sequins
Blogger: Sewing With sequins can be a breeze with the right fabrics and techniques!
Here are some of our favorite fabrics to work with when using sequins:
-Polyester smooth fabric: This type of fabric is perfect for bias tape because it’s smooth and doesn’t have any bumps or ridges which can cause misaligned sequins.
-Leather: This material is also very smooth, making it a great option for bias tape as well. Not only does it look great, but it also has the ability to grip things like bias tape stitches, which can help keep them in place while you sew.
-Wool: Wool is a popular choice for bias tape because it’s warm and sturdy. It also has a natural tendency to shrink, which makes it an ideal fabric for use in adjusting proportions or aligning sequins.
-Polyester: This material is perfect for stitching though if you’re going to sew with it, because it’s more elastic and doesn’t fray like cotton. -Fleece: Fleece is a great fabric for bias tape because it’s both warm and breathable. It also has a tendency to shrink when washed, so if you don’t like a tight fit, this might be the fabric for you! You can also sew through fleece quite easily, which makes it an ideal choice for sewing seams. -Grosgrain ribbon: Grosgrain ribbon is another good option for sewing through bias tape because of its stretchy nature.
It looks fantastic when paired with sequins that have the same color tone as the ribbon, but otherwise , it’s a great option! -Muslin: If you want to make your bias tape look perfectly professional, but don’t know what fabric to use, use muslin. It’s a very lightweight fabric and is widely used for dressmaking. It also has a tendency to shrink when washed, so be sure to wash your finished bias tape (not before!) on cool water with Delicate cycle.
6. Why should I make my own bias tape? Making your own bias tape is not only cheaper than buying it pre-made on Etsy, it’s often more practical as well! Let’s say you need some pieces of bias tape in unusual colors or lengths; by making them yourself, you can avoid the $25+ that it would cost you to purchase it from a fabric store. Besides, if you make your own, you can pretty much have any color or length of bias tape that you’d like!7. How long does the bias tape Last? You should allow 24 hours for your bias tape to dry before using it again. You may simply lay your bias tape down on a flat surface and let it rest overnight.
How to sew orange, purple and pink sequins on a black dress
If you’re looking to add some pizzaz to your next black dress, consider adding some sequins! Here’s how to sew bias tape and then use it to attach sequins in a fun and easy way.
1. Sew bias tape along the edge of your fabric, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides. Make sure the tape is firmly attached to the fabric at both ends.
2. Cut six pieces of sequin fabric, each about 18 inches long. Tip: Cut the sequins before you sew them onto the bias tape, so they are perfectly aligned when you’re done.
3. Sew one piece of sequin fabric to each end of the bias tape. Be sure to press the seams open.
4. Thread a needle with enough thread for the desired length of sequin, plus a few extra yards for tying off (you’ll need about 18 inches).
5. Sew one end of the sequin securely onto one end of the bias tape (making sure it’s lined up correctly). Then take the other end of the sequin and tie it off in a knot near one end (this will be your “tail”).
6. Repeat steps 4-5 until all your sequins are secured to the bias tape.
7. Tie your tails into knots, one on top of the other, until they reach approximately 4-5 feet (I tied mine together in a knot at their center).
8. To add some bling before you tie it off, put a small piece of melted gold foil onto the center of your sequin (or use a glue dot or tacky glue) and then press it down onto one end of each sequin. Then take these “sequin points” and fold them towards the center to create an edge for attaching your bows.
9. To decorate a bow, take two pieces of ribbon (about 12 inches each; if using multiple colors, make sure they match up ) and weave them together at one end. Tie the ribbon into a knot, fold it in half and tie it off. Repeat on the other side.
10. Carefully lay your bow over the bias tape, making sure that each piece of wooden dowel is lined up with a sequin point.
11. Starting with the left side, use a hot glue gun to attach your bows to your bias tape. Place several glue dots in each bow so that it holds onto the tape without sinking into you fabric (See image below for an example).
12. Now carefully pull your bow onto the bias tape/bias tape loop (you may want to practice on some scrap fabric first) and press down until all of the bows are set securely
Do you often need to sew bias tape? If so, then you are in luck, because this tutorial will teach you how to sew bias tape like a pro. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to create precise and sturdy bias tape without any difficulty whatsoever. So go ahead and give it a try — once you have mastered the art of sewing bias tape, your projects will come together much quicker and easier than before! Step 1: Cut a piece of fabric that is 18 inches wide by 4 inches longer than your finished width. If you have an 18-inch bias tape, then make the length of your fabric 24 inches long.
Step 2: Fold the fabric in half and press each fold to one side so that it’s easier to sew along the bias. This may seem awkward at first, but don’t stress about it — just keep trying and practice makes perfect. I’ve had no issues with this part!