October 22, 2012
For the Love of Seam Binding
Rayon seam binding can be a fairly versatile notion and one that you'll find really handy for adding finishing touches to garments. You can usually find seam binding at your local fabric store, but I will say, it's sadly one of those items that has now been taken over by the polyester revolution. The polyester stuff is pretty crummy - really really stiff and a little too thick. The rayon type is really quite nice. Its nice and thin but has quite a bit of strength and it's got body too. Plus it comes in some really lovely colors.
OK, so what is rayon seam binding? It's a densely woven, lightweight, thin ribbon. You can bind seams with it, use it as a hem tape, as an embellishment and I've even used it as a light version for a waistline stay - in this dress actually.
I applied it to both of my recent pencil skirt makes - here's my little plaid number. See? It provides such a nice finished touch. It's fun to use contrasting colors too! Go a little crazy! I think it makes the inside of the garment just as pretty as the outside and for me, that says a lot.
Here's a couple links to some other great tutorials on how to use seam binding:
Lauren shows a quick Bound Seams tutorial.
Laura Mae has several little renditions of this too. Check it out!
What do you use seam binding for?
Labels: Tips and Tricks
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