KNIT FABRIC EDGE FINISHING PART 2

Part 2 of our series on different Options of how to finish knit fabrics on neck lines, armholes & hems. Part 1 was 2 weeks ago – check it out here if you missed it.

Option 4: Binding with a knit strip where the binding is visible on the outside.

Soft, thin ITY knit made using JALIE  featured on this blog last summer.

Soft, thin ITY knit made using JALIE pattern featured on this blog last summer. See link above in first paragraph.

The binding is sewed right side of binding to wrong side of garment & then turned to the right side of the garment. The edge of binding is turned under,  pinned or clipped with Clover clips & then stitched down in place on the right side of the fabric. In a way, this is similar to doing a single binding on a quilt.

Close up of shoulder showing the binding was applied to neck & armhole openings.

Close up of shoulder showing the binding was applied to neck & armhole openings.

Wrong side showing very neat finish with no raw edge. Note the stay tape which was clipped to shape around the neck opening.

Wrong side showing very neat finish with no raw edge. Note the stay tape which was clipped to shape around the neck opening.

Option 5: Similar to option 4 in that the knit binding strip is sewed right side to right side but is then turned over to the back. But instead of turning the edge under on the inside, just turn over from the front side again to enclose the seam and stitch on the right side in the ditch. Use the JANOME DITCH QUILTING  foot to make this task a lot easier.  The raw edge of the knit binding can be trimmed away close to the ditch stitching afterwards. It will not fray as it is knit.

Same Jalie dress, similar soft ITY fashion knit....but different binding option

Same Jalie dress, similar soft ITY fashion knit….but different binding option

wrong side showing raw edge which won't unravel and the stitching which was done in the ditch on the right side.

wrong side showing raw edge which won’t unravel and the stitching which was done in the ditch on the right side.

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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5 Responses to KNIT FABRIC EDGE FINISHING PART 2

  1. Emily Handler says:

    The link to the first part of the article is broken. It tells me “You are not allowed to edit this item.”

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  2. Deb E says:

    Beautiful dresses! They look comfy besides dressy.

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  3. Ceil says:

    Thank you for sharing these options. I might have missed it but which of these do you prefer? Which is easiest, which “turns out” the best?
    Thanks.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Ceil,

      Hard to say as it depends very much on the pattern, style and fabric type I am using and which edge we are talking about (neck, hem, armhole, sleeve cuff?). Sometimes I leave the edge raw when I do not want to affect the soft, draping effect of a thin, soft ITY knit. But on a pair of Ponte knit pants, for example, I would absolutely hem the pants with a Coverhem on my Janome CPX serger. I like flat, neat edges at neck edges & armholes so I tend to use one of the binding type edges. On sleeve cuffs at my wrist, I favour a coverhem again…..all dependent on the style & fabric I am using.
      So, it is not one method for everything which is why I have spread this over 3 parts (part 3 is coming up on 4th May).

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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