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From: Mother in Law
Date: 01-07-2005, 11:04 PM (1 of 10)
I got this tip off of one of my embroidery design groups from Yahoo and thought I would pass it on to y'all. Sounds like it might be a good one. Here it is:

Tip: To make life easier when using bias binding, stitch the first
half like normal but when folding the bias over, instead of tacking,
use a water soluble glue stick (Pritt) to glue the bias in place.
Once it is holding nicely, top stitch by machine.
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From: NanCee
Date: 01-08-2005, 01:31 AM (2 of 10)
Sounds good Mother in law!
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 01-08-2005, 12:33 PM (3 of 10)
If a tip eases my headaches when sewing it makes me happy. I'm working on a baby sunsuit and it's giving me fits, it's the first time using this pattern, next time I'll know all the tricks. :bg:
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From: MartySews
Date: 01-11-2005, 01:22 AM (4 of 10)
Thanks Susie for the info. Will try that the next time I use bias binding.
Happy Stitching!
Marty :up:
It takes one moment to change a life.
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 01-11-2005, 02:49 AM (5 of 10)
:up: Marty Your welcome.
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From: natmyers
Date: 03-10-2005, 11:49 AM (6 of 10)
Good tip! I'll try it!
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From: shirleyp
Date: 03-10-2005, 12:22 PM (7 of 10)
What a good idea. While I was reading your post a thought came to mind. Would ironing on a strip of steam a seam or wonder under work as well, or would this make it too stiff.
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 03-10-2005, 01:00 PM (8 of 10)

I'm a fan of steam a seam. I have rolls of that stuff. The lady who teaches new techniques at the sewing center I go to uses steam a seam to attach appliques before stitching them down so I don't see why that wouldn't work here also. Anything to get it to stay down until you can stitch it will work.

It's the small things like this that makes hard things easy.
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From: Hogmami
Date: 03-10-2005, 01:03 PM (9 of 10)
On ever Sewing with Nancy or Fons and Porter, they used the steam a seam on sewing down bias.
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From: MariLynnTX
Date: 03-10-2005, 05:57 PM (10 of 10)
I always use the glue stick for bias binding, also for hems, sleeve finishing at cuffs and hems, and to stick buttons in place that are going to be machine stitched. They are useful for so many things!! I revised some pages in my embroidery book and used up at least half or more of a new glue stick! I also use it to stick down motifs that I have made until time to stitch them, and sometimes I use them on appliques, too. MariLynntx
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