Binding is a useful and versatile decorative way to finish an edge, whether you are using it instead of a seam to join layers, or simply binding the edge of a single layer. I used it this past Christmas on lots of my sewn gifts as it is a great way to finish raw edges on the outside of a project. I also used lots of it in my book 'Torie Jayne's Stylish Home Sewing'...
You can either buy ready made bias binding or make your own as seen in my sewing techniques 'How to cut & sew bias strips' and 'how make bias binding using a binding maker'.
In this week's sewing technique I am sharing the most common way I apply bias binding for both home decor items and clothing.
The trick to make sure your second row of stitching catches the back bias edge is to
make sure your second row is above the original stitching line. Do this by pressing your bias top edge just a smidge over the first row of stitching.