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It’s no secret that I love bias tape: making it, hemming with it, binding edges with it, decorating with it. I love it so much that I’ve dedicated a whole series of lessons and tutorials on bias tape! And today’s lesson is a really fun one on how to sew with a bias binding foot.
This is an adjustable binding foot. Linda from Sewing Bee Fabrics, who is a friend as well as a Cucicucicoo Sponsor, sent me this sewing machine foot when I told her that I didn’t have one. And, boy, am I happy that she did, because it is such a fun foot that makes binding with bias tape so easy!
(And thank you to Sewing Bee Fabrics for sponsoring this post!)
I showed how to bind with bias tape the classic way last year and, while that comes out perfectly, it can sometimes be a sort of long process with repeated pinning and sewing. But once you know how to sew with a bias binding foot, you can whip right through your binding process in just one go and without pins!
And if you’re a bit lazy, like I am, you can even finish off your edges with single fold bias tape instead of ironing it in half to make double fold bias tape. I will admit, it’s hard to get it to come out perfectly, but if you’re in a rush or just don’t really care about perfection, it’s super fast!
So, what do you say? Are you ready to learn how to sew with a bias binding foot? You should definitely try! This foot is inexpensive (look how inexpensive it is at Sewing Bee Fabrics!) and can be adjusted to any width of bias tape. Hooray! Let’s get started!
Materials and Preparation:
In order to practice using this binding foot, grab your stash of bias tape and some fabric scraps with straight edges. I’m using a contrasting color of thread so that it shows up in these photos, but you’ll want to use a color that matches. (Unless, of course, you want yours to show up, too.)
Don’t have any bias tape? Learn how to make your own customized bias tape!
If you’ve read my lesson “What is bias?” (or if you’ve used it before), you’ll know that there are two types of bias tape: single fold bias tape and double fold bias tape.
Single fold bias tape is a strip of fabric cut on the bias in which the two long edges have been folded in to meet at the center, as shown above to the left. Double fold bias tape is single fold bias tape that has been folded along this center line where the fabric edges meet so that it has one fold on one edge, and two folds on the other edge. The raw fabric edges are hidden inside. The picture above and to the right is double fold bias tape.
I made both of these bias tapes from a 25 mm bias tape maker. Therefore, I fed a 50 mm strip of fabric through the maker, and it became 25 mm single fold bias tape. I then folded the pink one in half again to make 12.5 mm double fold bias tape. (Learn about using a bias tape maker here.)
The first thing you need to do is adjust the bias binding foot to fit your specific bias tape. Turn the metal dial on the right until the inside edge of the foot is lined up with the width of your double fold bias tape. So I set mine at 12.5 mm. (See #1 above.)
Then you can adjust the position of the bias tape edge in relation to where the sewing needle is. This is to make sure that the seams are the right distance from the edge of the bias tape on the finished product. Turn the other wheel until the outside edge of the foot is lined up with the metal part of the foot as you like (marked #2 above).
How to insert bias tape in the binding foot:
Looking into the bias binding foot, you’ll see that there are two C-shaped slots on the left. The two outer folds of the double fold bias tape slip into those, while the center fold should rest against the right part of the space (which gets positioned by turning the wheel marked #1 in the photo previously).