Bias Tape with a Smooth, Flat Finish… It IS Possible!

I get a LOT of questions about bias tape. (It evidently cause more than a few, a BIG problem.)Folks always ask me how I put my bias tape on so that it’s flat and smooth.
No rumples.. no bacon edges….and no gathers.And here’s the thing is, it’s easy as pie, but you know what? it’s one of those things that’s just easier to SHOW you, than to explain, so without further ado, here’s my easy, schmeasy way of applying bias tape with a perfect finish!  
(This video take a few minutes to download, so why not get it started, then go fix yourself a long, cool drink, and by the time you come back, it’ll be ready to roll!)

OR—- you can just click this link to view it on the web!

So there you have it. That’s MY secret to getting a smooth finish when I apply bias tape. But how about you? Got any tips of your own you’d like to share?

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14 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. Thank you. Thank you. This is very helpful. 8o)

  2. Thank you!! You make it look so easy!

  3. That’s because it really IS easy. Give it a try- and you’ll see!
    🙂

  4. Thank you for a much needed and appreciated video on bias tape application. I rarely, and I do mean rarely, watch online videos. Usually they are so poorly done I end up with more frustration than knowledge and info. Here are some notes. If they help then good. If not, then use your delete button.

    The Good:
    You took the time to explain what to do and gave reasons why it is important to do it the ‘right’ way. Far too often, we are told to do something a certain way without knowing “Why” we are supposed to do it a certain way. You not only provided technique instruction, you provided info / knowledge about fiber.

    Your background is excellent, showing the Studio and then keeping the focus on the project at hand – Well Done. Clutter serves as a distraction and your workspace is clean and professional. It was easy to focus on you and the lesson at hand. If people are not familiar with you and your work, your video background provides credibility to the lesson.

    Nice touch using black on pink. It was easy to see, understand, and follow the process.

    Your video jumps are smooth and logical and are not a distraction to the viewer. Kudos to your editing skills. My husband worked for CBS for 40 yrs and I appreciate your camera & editing skills. Excellent panning throughout the video.

    The Other:
    The mic was not placed properly. Voice volume is inconsistent.
    You are hard to hear, and at times, hard to understand.

    Your volume drops off (as most of us do) at the end of your sentence. In order for your viewers to hear what you are saying, you might consider working on keeping your voice volume consistent.

    Sometimes (not often) your words ran together and it was difficult for these old ears to grasp what you were saying.

    Summary:
    As I stated, I rarely watch videos online because they are usually so poorly done. I’ve watched videos that actually made me feel sea-sick because the camera was moving around so much. Your bias tape video is the only one I’ve watched from you and it is great.

    These are thoughts from one old fool. I hope you are not offended by them. When I see one of your video links posted I will click it on and watch. You did a very very very good job with that bias tape instruction video.

    Thank you for ALL you do. Thank you for sharing, teaching, and promoting the joy of sewing. People like you will keep this craft alive and growing. We need you and folks like you.

    Wishing you all the best,
    Paula

    You presented yourself in a relaxed and confident manner…which is the way I have always pictured you…calm, confident, knowledgable, and willing to share. My hands would have been shaking if I had tried to do what you just did in this video.

  5. Great video, thanks for the tips Kat.

  6. Fantastic video! That is a great technique. I love your studio too. 🙂

  7. Kat,

    Very nice video. Great explanation of traditional garment type of binding.

    Another way of getting an even binding is to use a French fold binding, or a traditional quilt type of binding. The join is stitched, so unnoticeable on either side, and you stretch slightly as you apply in the same manner as you show in your video. However, since you fold the binding in half, you don’t have to fuss with getting the folded edge pressed evenly. In half, it IS even all the way across the bias binding. Saves time.

  8. hi kat

    thank you so much for your super, clear vid. i’ll give it a try later on today.

    all the best with everything.

    kay

  9. Now that I have found a way to cut continuous bias and with your video on how to sew it properly I am “sew” ready to give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Very, very well done – thank you!!!

  11. This was the best, most information-filled video I’ve seen in a long time! Thanks!

  12. I don’t see any hyperlink to find where the video is. Could someone please help me. Thanks!

  13. I usually make my own bias binding for many of the same reasons you do! I think it comes from being a quilter, where bindings are just part of the quilt.
    I like your tip of just folding the end a bit askew, not even. And also the trimming.

    Now the project you demonstrated in the excellent video, was a placemat. I’d love one on doing one of your bags, using a different width (1 3/4″) over layers like in the Wrapsody.
    Some sewers like to use a decorative stitch on the last seam of the binding like a button hole or antique type stitch. . What is your opinion?

    • Thanks Alma Lou. Filming a project like the Wrapsody would be tough all by myself, because of the varied filming angles I’d need. Its just too tough to accomplish alone i’m afraid. It’s works the same way though. There’s really no difference. 🙂