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How to Encase Seams for Sewing with Simplicity Creative Group

Learn how to encase seams from Pam Hastings, Education Specialist at Simplicity Creative Group. - Tools for Creativity

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Comment by Jane on February 3, 2012 at 8:30pm

Great instruction.  Should the bias tape be pre-shunk?  If I were assembling a simple, unlined  jacket using encased seams, how do I handle the bulk at the underarm seam?

Comment by Rita on January 26, 2012 at 4:27pm

Good one

Comment by Kathleen on January 26, 2012 at 3:07pm

For those wanting to encase the edge of a quilted fabric, this method "may" work, but it is difficult.  The two step method works better for bulky fabric edges.

Comment by Triciababe on January 25, 2012 at 6:10pm

Nice video, thanks! I use binding when making baby bibs, kitchen accessories and appreciate you mentioning about not putting the seam RIGHT on the edge of the binding. I always thought I'm supposed to do it that way and I nearly always have to go back over and cover with a nice little zigzag stitch to cover where I missed (even with a binding foot I bought, geeez)...but you mentioned NOT to go for sewing it right on the edge...interesting, I'm going to try that and see if that helps - thank you! ps...GREAT quality video was superb, too!

Comment by Connie on January 25, 2012 at 4:59pm

She explained this very nicely.  A Hong Kong seam finish makes an unlined garment look so very professional.  I find using silk creates less bulk, but using bias tape or silk makes for a beautifully finished garment.

Comment by joanne on January 25, 2012 at 3:09pm

Why would you encase a seam?  I like to open up seams and iron them flat.  Wouldn'ty encasing them add bulk tot he item? 

Comment by Sue on January 25, 2012 at 1:06pm

I have been sewing for years and recall being taught how to use bias tape

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