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how to sew a bound seam

Updated on March 06, 2009

how to sew a bound seam

This seam is great for unlined coats and jackets and for using on fabrics that are slightly heavy in weight and fray easily.

Steps to sew a bound seam

  1. Place your fabric right sides together and sew 2.5cm (5/8”) in from the edge, this is the typical seam allowance adjust if needed.
  2. Press the seam open.
  3. Open out one side of the bias binding and lay so the edge matches the raw edge on one side of the seam on the right side of the fabric.
  4. Sew (single layer) using the fold line of the bias binding as your guide.
  5. Repeat this for the other side of the seam
  6. Now fold the binding over and around the raw edge and using the machine stitching line hand stitch the bias binding in place.
  7. Repeat this for the other side to complete the seam. 

Note:

For speed the second row of stitching on the binding can be produced on the machine however the finish is not as neat as the stitching can be seen.  

bound seam

Showing construction of seam, note one side is hand stitched (left hand side) and the other side is machine stitched (right hand side).
Showing construction of seam, note one side is hand stitched (left hand side) and the other side is machine stitched (right hand side).
Showing how the seam will appear on the inside, note one side is hand stitched (top binding) whilst the other is machine stitched (bottom binding).
Showing how the seam will appear on the inside, note one side is hand stitched (top binding) whilst the other is machine stitched (bottom binding).

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      WhisperHer 7 years ago

      Great idea. Just like adding a quilt binding. thx.

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      Tracy 7 years ago

      Nice explanation. I'm currently working on a coat for my daughter. Just started on it so I will keep this in mind.

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