The technique of the month of August will be mastering the art of neck binding. I want to sew all my knit shirts. Unfortunately, I found neck binding really challenging. I saw this awesome tutorial: “Getting Flat Bias Necklines” by the owner of Grainline Studio. That is my goal: to sew flawless necklines.
By now I have no money left for fabric shopping. I do have time to practice but no money to buy knit fabrics to make shirts or samples of necks to bind. I scoured my local thrift store to find fabric to play with. There was not any quality knit fabric available. Instead, I ended up buying oversized male shirts. I found two pieces with potential.
So to practice neck bindings and working with knit fabrics, I am using a “scoop neck T-shirt” pattern from my craftsy class Sewing With Knits.
It turns out that size XXS is the right fit for me. No wonder my first t-shirt I made was so loose! ( I thought I was size M according to the measurement chart). I laid out the pattern pieces and cut the fabric preserving the sleeves.
I chose to start with the ready-to-wear binding technique. Well, I am sitting down on my vintage sewing machine stitching and unstitching the neck (will this TORTURE EVER END?????). It turns out, I always miss one layer of fabric when I am sewing with the neck binding on top. So I had to change my approach. Now I place the neck binding at the bottom and the shirt at the top. This is the only way I won’t miss a fabric that keeps curling… is soooo frustrating!!!! Still, my neck binding looks uneven…arghhhh…… I feel really grumpy right now. Guess by shirt number one thousand I am hoping to get it right.
This is the final look of my sample shirt. Looks much better, I can see a tiny pucker that bothers me… I think next time I will serge shut the folded binding strip before attaching it to the shirt. This will save me from doing the rip-it (stitch-unstitch) thing on and on.
I have to put a lot of practice time and PATIENCE…to master the basic neck binding techniques. So for the entire month of August I will be at home playing and replaying forever Craftsy Sewing Fashion Knits Class with Linda Lee. I love this “Lesson 7: Edge finishes” because she goes slowly and you can see all the details that entails finishing the neck.
After watching this video I have three questions that I need answers to achieve flawless neck bindings:
- How can I stitch in the ditch with a vintage foot that is too thin? I tried stitching in the ditch with my only presser foot (basic straight stitch) and it looks like I am driving my sewing machine under the influence big time!
- Where can I get an edge stitch foot with the neat blade in the middle to “stitch in the ditch” pefectly aligned?
- Will this foot be able to work with my my vintage sewing machines?
Will post my findings after binding ten shirts at least. In the meantime keep calm, and keep practicing…..happy neck binding!