Bias Binder Foot P8202450-96

Posted by Debbie Lomas

Bias binding your garment or project is often a sewing technique that alarms people. Often the sewist will put this off until right to the end, or not complete the project at all.

By using the Bias Binder Foot from PFAFF, you will no longer have those unfinished items in your pile!

What is Bias Binding?

Bias binding, also known as bias tape, is a narrow strip of fabric cut on the diagonal, or 45°,  to the lengthwise grain of the fabric. This is known as the bias and is where the most amount of stretch happens in fabric. It creates a ‘flexible’ strip which allows the fabric to be applied to curves more easily without creating puckers or tucks. It comes as a single fold format, where the raw edges are folded in towards the centre of the tape, or double fold, where it is folded a second time at the centre length, so the single folds are encased inside the tape.

Bias can range in width from 6mm (1/4”) to approximately 5cm (2”) depending on what you wish to use it for.

Where do I use Bias Binding?

Bias binding is used for a variety of projects. It can be turned into piping and used as a facing on armholes and neckline, although we are going to discuss the use of using it as a finishing trim. Bias is sewn over the raw edge of fabric to complete the edge. This may include, and is not limited to, quilts, placemats, bibs, bag straps, and much more.

How do I use the PFAFF Bias Binder foot?

The unfolded bias tape is fed through the bias tape feeder which is attached to the foot. The funnel shape of the feeder guides the tape and double folds on its way. As it passes under the needle, the bias encases the fabric in its centre, sewing in place.  The PFAFF Bias Binder Foot will sew binding up to 24mm (1”) wide.

It is that easy!

HINT: Using a zig zag or decorative stitch is easy to sew and will give you a more decorative effect!

This month’s project celebrates Valentine’s day with this cute and functional Love Heart Potholder. A great project to practice your bias binder foot with.

To learn more about our wonderful Foot of the Month Club, check with your nearest retailer for classes today!

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