Learn How to Use a Bias Binding Foot


Sewing has been around for centuries now and has proven over time to be a fun activity to participate and get oneself involved in. It is normally the art of putting objects or fabrics together with the help of a needle and thread and stitching the selected material or fabric up to produce a beautiful piece art of works such as clothing, that is, dresses and tops, scarves, tie, shirts, bikinis, hats, bags, vests, socks, shawls, purses with cloth-like covering and the likes. Sewing can really be a lifesaver, a door opener and a means of making some serious money. Many take up sewing as a means to make ends meet or a living while others just take it up as a hobby or a pastime. To those who sew regularly, it is worth noting that having the right tools, machinery or instrument when sewing is very important and crucial. Sewing allows one to be creative and helps you build focus and concentration. For those who love to sew or have picked a sewing hobby, it is imperative to use machines that would cause less stress or whatsoever when spinning happily away. It is important to use the right equipment that would not only get the job done, but get it done right. Sometimes, however, this is not the case always. When sewing, most people would love to have little or no problems at all and would also want the sewing machine to have access to every little corner of the fabric in use. But sometimes, machines are not able to reach all corners of the fabric; neither do they get to produce smooth lines around corners of fabrics. They do not produce perfectly straight lines. This is probably why the bias binding foot was introduced to the world of sewing. Ever come across what is known as a bias binding foot? Well, lovers of all things sewn or those who love to sew probably have considered this amazing instrument as a lifesaver. The bias binding foot happens to be a specialty sewing machine foot which, at most times, has a bias binding added to it as well as a ribbon binding and also what is known as a straight-grain binding and these are what is normally used to finish the edges of any project. At times, people love using the binding foot as it gives a more consistent and professional look than the traditional sewing machine does. The bias binding foot is also considered perfect when used around fabrics that require careful sewing around curves and circles, straight cuts, and straight edges as well. The binding foot instrument has also been made adjustable in such a way in order to be able to work with different widths of binding. The binding foot instrument is quite easy to use and not so complicated. The instrument has been made in the following way; with two wheels on the foot - the first wheel helps one adjust the position of one’s foot and aids one slide the foot either to the left or the right. In the meantime, the second wheel adjusts to the width of the clear part of the foot and holds the length of binding. This very same second wheel manages to control a sliding guide that runs along the length of the binding. Therefore, whenever one sews, the guide keeps everything well in place in order for a smooth stitching to take place.

For beginners, the bias binding foot is very easy to use and does not take much time. Whenever one purchases a bias binding foot, when starting the sewing process, remember always to slide the binding through what is known generally as presser foot guides. After doing this, one can then proceed to gently turn the screw on the front of the foot until it barely touches the binding centrefold. The left ends should always perfectly align with their guides, that is both the upper and lower. Most times, the plastic parts of the bias binding foot instrument are very flexible and can be opened wide to enable the fabric and binding sandwich to be joined. When using the binding foot for the first time, make sure to feed in the binding tape. With an open edge on the left, try folding the fabric on the right and then proceed to separate the open edges. Then slide both the top and bottom edges inside the little tabs on the left of the jaws with the fabric’s top and bottom separated and held by the little plastic guides. The authentic and proper bias binding foot can mostly be used with different widths of binding. Always make sure to snap the foot on and lower the needle; then adjust the second screw until the needle hits the binding tape in the right place. Proceed to slide the fabric you’re working on between the folded binding. Carefully open the plastic part of the foot so you have enough room for it and cover the binding around the fabric in order for the middle fold of the tape sits just along the edge and the two folded edges are on top of one another. Store-bought bias binding foot is very much different and must be placed in the wider half on the bottom of the fabric to enable one catch the underside while still stitching on top.

Sewing has been around for a very long time and the binding foot serves as a very practical way of making sure your lines and stitches are straight, accurate and in perfect order. You can use your binding foot to attach bias tape and quilt binding. It also lines up the needle right where you want it and to enable one achieve the straight, perfect stitch. With the binding foot even, one does not need to pin the binding all the way around whatever you’re sewing before you attach it. The only thing to do is to feed your binding into the binding foot as you feed in the fabric. Binding can always be used to an inch wide with measurements ranging from 5mm to 20mm.  There are methods of getting the fabric in the binder whenever sewing.  All one has to do is to try and open the lower wheel and move the guiding lines or guides to the right side as this allows the upper and lower piece to open up. Next, make sure to put the binding tape on the open edge on the left whiles the fold should be on the left and the fold on the right. Try and then separate the edges that are open, then slide both the top and the bottom edge that is inside the little tabs. Proceed to adjust the bottom wheel until the guides are moved over to the folded edge of the binding and held smoothly in place. Continue by opening the jaws of the binder, slide the item or fabric that is supposed to be bound and make sure to push the edge to the fold of the binding and slip the foot and binding up to where the fabric is supposed to be bound. These are some of the methods of getting the fabric in the binder.


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