How to sew with a bias binding foot – adjustable for all widths

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How to sew with a bias binding foot:

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeRemove your regular sewing machine foot (on top), and attach the adjustable bias binding foot (below). My sewing machine uses low shank feet, so all I had to do was clip on the foot.

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeLook at the pictures above and follow along:

  1. Slip the bias tape into place. Pull the ends of the thread out so that you can hold onto them.
  2. Insert the fabric edge in between the two C-shaped spaces of the binding foot, and slide it in until it reaches the inside fold.
  3. Slip the fabric and bias tape through the binding foot until they are under the needle. If the edge of the bias tape is not aligned with the needle as you’d like, adjust it with the wheel marked #2 on that previous photo. When it is lined up, lower the presser foot and arrange the fabric so that it is still hitting the inside fold of the bias tape.
  4. Start sewing as you would normally. I suggest pulling on the long threads to pull the fabric  under the machine foot at the beginning.

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeThen just continue sewing! If you’re binding a straight edge, it’s pretty simple. Just keep checking that the fabric is reaching all the way inside to the inside of the bias tape. If it isn’t, stop sewing (with the needle down), adjust the fabric and bias tape, and continue.

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeWhen you’re done, backstitch a few stitches, raise the presser foot, cut the threads and pull the fabric out from under the foot. Trim the bias tape, and you’re done!

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeLike I said before, you can even be super lazy and use single fold bias tape with the bias binding foot, however if you want excellent results, I really suggest you just take out your iron and press the bias tape in half first to made double fold bias tape.

You have to be very careful in adjusting the fabric and bias tape as they go through the machine foot, but it’s a really quick technique that works well for sewists who like to take shortcuts.

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeLook at that! I bound these two fabric edges in no time at all with just one line of stitching each and NO PINS! Wow!

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeOnce you’ve learned well how to sew with a bias binding foot, you can tackle more complicated binding projects with it, too, such as curves and joining the ends of bias tape along the edge.

If you feel like trying it, cut out a circle of fabric (the bigger it is, the wider the curves and the easier to bind) and get your bias tape ready. My example here was a bit harder than it needed to be, first of all because I cut a small circle in order to use up this short scrap of flower bias tape that was left over from hemming my circle skirt last year. Second of all, the bias tape was only single fold and was also more narrow, making it harder to keep the fabric enclosed inside.

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeStart off like we did above. Slip the bias tape through the foot and pull it out the back. When joining ends of bias tape, we need to leave around 5 cm of it hanging off of each end, so make sure you’ve pulled at least that much out behind the needle. Stick the edge of the fabric circle in the foot and under the needle, then lower the presser foot. (top photo above)

Start sewing slowly. As you go, pull the fabric circle in towards the presser foot with your left hand and pull the bias tape towards the fabric circle with your right hand. This way the edge of the circle will stay wedged in between the bias tape as it goes under the needle.

Stop sewing and adjust the fabric whenever it’s necessary.

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeStop sewing about 5 cm away from where the stitching began. I left less than that, and it was a pain in the butt, to be perfectly honest!

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeStick a pin in the center of the unbound edge (light blue pin). Then pull one end of the bias tape as if it were being sewn on and stick another pin into the bias tape where the first pin is (dark blue pin).

Move the first bias tape end off to the side and repeat with the other end of the bias tape, sticking a pin where the first pin is (red pin). These pins in the bias tape show where they need to be joined.

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeRemove the first pin. Open up and unfold the bias tape ends and flip them around so that the right sides are facing and the two pins are at the same height. (shown on the left)

Remove the bias binding foot and put the regular sewing machine foot back on. Then sew across where the pins are. (shown on the right)

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeTrim the bias tape (shown on left), then flip it back around, open the seam allowances and fold the raw edges back inwards. Then position the bias tape over the fabric edge, pin (shown on right), and continue sewing with your regular sewing machine foot.

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeTa da! It might look a little wonky and warped, but just give it a good steam with your iron (using a protective cloth, if your fabric requires it), and it will flatten right out! Doesn’t that look nice?! Normally you need to do a LOT of pinning when binding curved edges, but I totally skipped that step! Yee-haw! I love saving time and energy when sewing!

Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastapeSo, now that you’ve seen how to sew with a bias binding foot, go procure yourself one right away and put it to work! I highly suggest ordering this adjustable bias binding foot from Sewing Bee Fabrics. Linda carries pretty much every type of machine foot imaginable (Don’t believe me? Check out her sewing machine foot page!), as well as loads of fabrics and other amazing accessories and notions, not to mention a bunch of free tutorials. Shipping is free in the UK and tracked/registered to many other countries. And, a detail that might seem insignificant, but means a lot to my eco-minded heart, Linda has done away with plastic and uses ONLY paper packaging. Pretty paper packaging, at that!

Learn how to use bias tape, one of the most useful sewing notions! Find out how to make it and various ways to use it, with free projects, tutorials and patterns! #biastapeDo you want to learn more about bias tape and the many ways you can use it in your sewing? Then check out all my other bias tape lessons and tutorials! And be sure to come back soon, because I have two fantastic new tutorials coming up to use bias tape!

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Love binding with bias tape, but hate pinning it in place? Learn how to sew with a bias binding foot! Adjustable for all widths, perfect for lazy sewists! #biastapetutorial #biasbindingtutorial #howtousebiastape

14 COMMENTS

  1. che figata questo pedino!!! *.*
    Io ho appena preso il piedino per fare le pieghe (già provato e va benssimo), una confezione con 32 piedini (ma temo che questo non ci sia) e 3 piedini per l’orlo arrotolato di diverse dimensioni (non è che per puro caso questi si possano usare anche con gli sbiechi?).
    Ciao e grazie 🙂

    • Sì, conosco quelle confezioni con tanti piedini, e ne ho preso una anch’io tempo fa! No, purtroppo i piedini per l’orlo arrotolato non funzionano con lo sbieco. Ma questo piedino costa poco, quindi te lo consiglio se usi spesso lo sbieco!

          • Ahahahaha certo, una volta che avrò capito il funzionalmento 😀
            Grazie a te almeno uno l’ho imparato senza impazzire a cercare su you tube.
            Comunque sono 32, ma molti servono a fare la stessa cosa da quello che ho capito.
            🙂

            • Anch’io ho avuto questa impressione quando l’ho visto. Molti servono per la stessa cosa, ma può darsi che ti trovi meglio con uno rispetto ad un altro. Almeno così puoi provare e vedere con quali ti trovi meglio! Divertiti!

  2. You make it look so easy, I found the foot extremely frustrating because the fabric would slide and the tape would move around. Someday I may have the patience to try again.

    • I’m sorry that you had problems with it! It’s true that sometime that happens to me, too. The width has to be adjusted perfectly and you do have to constantly check to make sure that everything’s in place. I will be totally honest that, if I want absolute perfection, for example on the neck of a garment, I prefer doing it the classic way because that way I have more control. But this is a quick way to bind simple things without bothering with pinning, which is sometimes a nice alternative for projects that don’t have to be perfect!

  3. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve been searching everywhere for a video or explanation of how to join the bias tape at the end using the presser foot…. yours is the only explanation I have found so far! And it’s excellent by the way 😀

    • Hooray! I’m so glad to hear that, Constanza! There are different ways to join the ends of bias tape, but as long as you find a way that works for you, that’s all that matters!

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