Finishing Armhole or neckline with Bias Binding - Sewing Tips

how to sew the bias binding for an armhole or neckline

Professional Bias Binding

Hello friends, today I want to show you how to sew bias binding to the armhole or neckline. bias binding is usually used for knit fabrics that stretch but it may use for any other fabrics like silk. It is tidiest and most professional looking finish on the opening like necklines and armholes. bias binding can be sewn and turned to the inside , turn to the outside or wrapped around the raw edge. In this tutorial, I demonstrate the wrapped binding. Follow my simple tutorial to achieve perfect bias binding finishing.

tip : Binding is usually sewn into an opening before fully closed. for example if you apply binding for armhole leave the side seam open, apply the binding then close up it.
  • with the tape measurement, measure along the armhole or necklace stitching line. cut the bias strip on 1 ½ inches wide and 1 inch longer than taken neck hole or arm hole measurement length.
  • with pencil and roller mark ½ inch of stitching line on the both end of bias strip
  • on the ironing board measure and fold over ¼ inch on the length of the edge of strip and iron it

Note : for not knitted fabrics it is better to apply holding stitch 1/16 inch above the stitching line to prevent stretching the bias area

  • With the right side of strip facing the wrong side of the neck hole or armhole,pin it then stitch the binding strip to the edge using ⅜ linch seam allowance.

Note : for not knitted fabrics clip next to the seam allowance by a clipper to release the fabric so the binding will lay flat when turned and stitched

  • Fold the strip in half to cover original seam and pin around the neck hole or arm hole then stitch it down along the fold
  • With right sides together, stitch the opening seam of armhole or neck hole closed, also close binding

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