Sewing Tips for Bias Loops
- Cut a length of true bias from fabric.
- I sew the loops using the serger as this allows the loops to stretch, and it is simple to sew with an even width.
- Sew the width of the loop just a bit bigger than the width of the bias.
- Turn, using a bodkin or safety pin.
- Dampen the bias tube slightly.
- Pin one end to the ironing board and stretch the loop, pinning the other end to the ironing board so the tube is stretched as narrow as you want - or as narrow as the fabric will allow. Steam well with the iron and let it dry.
- Make a sample for the size of the button, then cut the loops.
- To insure that all the loops are the same size, we basted them together, then trimmed the ends to an even length. - do the same if using ribbon or trim.
- Stitch along V on garment front
- Slash center of V cutting up to but not beyond the bottom stitches
- Pin, then baste the loops in place.
- Place facing on front, aligning V mark on facing with front
- Work from the garment side on top - pin or baste to secure the facing to the garment front, matching the V markings precisely
- Stitch along and just outside the stitching line, making 2 small stitches across at the bottom of the V
- Slash facing, cutting up to but not through or beyond the bottom V stitches
- Press flat as sewn
- Press seams toward facing
- Press, turning facing to the inside
- Clean finish facing edge - I stitched this by hand for a softer finish
- Use a strip of fabric or ribbon, approx ½” - ⅝” wide, with enough length to turn under at the top and to finish 1” longer than the V. Adjust the length and width of this trim to work with your design. We made a quick sample to test out the trim.
- Stitch one short edge of the ribbon to the neck, right side of ribbon to wrong side of fabric to finish off the neck edge. Press.
- Pin/baste the strip, extending ½” - 1” beyond the bottom opening, so the edge of the ribbon is right along the edge of the facing.
- Hand basting is the secret to holding the ribbon in place to machine stitch.
- Edge stitch in place
- Finish bottom edge with a scrap of ribbon or fabric, edge stitch in place