Sew Along Day 3: Knit Neckline Binding Tips

 Welcome to Day 3 of the Sew Along!

Need to catch up?
Day 1: Choosing your Size and Fabric
Day 2: Tips for Sewing with Knits

Today we’re going over bindings!

Knit Bindings Tips
Both the Maui and Rio have bindings along the arms and neck.

To start with mark off the binding and opening in quarters and then match up your marked points. Then carefully stretch the rest of the binding to fit and pin in place. Now your binding will be evenly distributed. If you are using an extra stretchy fabric for your binding you might want to shorten it some if it seems too loose.
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Now sew in place with your serger, zig-zag stitch or stretch stitch. If you are doing binding option #1 on the Rio only one edge will be sewn in place at this point. Now is a good time to try it on over the child’s head. If it’s too snug you can widen the opening some and use a longer binding. It’s much easier to fix that before you topstitch.  IMG_8847

You have a couple options when you topstitch. On Will’s I chose to use my double needle. For a fun effect I did 2 different colors of threads and stitched with one needle on the binding and one on the tee. To keep my stitching straight I kept the guideline on my presser foot lined up with the seam line.  IMG_8849

Here’s the finished result:  IMG_8852

On Levi’s I used a zig-zag stitch in white. It’s a bit quicker and since you can barely see it I think this finish works just fine when you can match your thread color well. I used a stitch length of 3 and a stitch width of 2.  IMG_8856

On Anne’s Rio I did binding option #1. I find it is easiest to skip the pressing completely and just fold the binding under and pin carefully. To keep the fabric from stretching out as you sew I recommend a long and narrow zig-zag stitch. I did a length of 3 and a width of 1. I sewed one binding with a short and wide zig-zag on accident and the fabric stretched out a lot more.  IMG_8890

After you finish topstitching make sure you steam and press your bindings (and hems!) to help the knit recover. This will generally take care of any mild stretching. I also find spritzing it with water and tossing it in the dryer works well too.

Come back tomorrow to learn how to add a ruffle to the bottom of your Rio dress!
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Amy is the founder and owner of Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop. She is a wife and mother to 3 children. Amy loves to sew, read and spend time outdoors.

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