Have you ever used bias tape? It’s a easy way to finish raw edges of fabric and can even provide a decorative finish.
A binding foot is the perfect solution for finishing your seams: in one go you can ensure the fabric is perfectly folded and in position (even without pressing it first), and achieve perfect stitching. You don’t even need to pin the bias tape in place; the presser foot manages it all for you.
In many situations you can purchase pre-made bias tape or you can make your own.
The binding foot is a great option to use when making your own bias tape. The added advantage of making one’s own bias tape is:
- you can specify the exact color, size and texture of the bias tape.
- It is often much cheaper to make your own, especially if using scraps of fabric from other projects.
The Two Notable Types
Standard Binding Presser Foot
A standard binding presser foot can come in several sizes, depending upon the brand. The most common sizes are 1/4 inch, 3/4 inch, 5/8 inch and 1 inch.
Adjustable Binding Presser Foot
If you have bought pre-made bias tape or work with several different sizes of tape, then you may prefer to use an adjustable binding foot. This foot will have an adjustable wheel that will let you resize the cone to accommodate different widths of bias tape.
When To Use It
As the name suggests, this presser foot is best used for attaching bias to garments and projects.
How To Use It
- Align the bias binding fabric to feed through the outer loop of the foot, curling it into a backwards shaped “C”.
- Align your raw edges of fabric to be incased in the middle of the cone (the straight flat section).
- As your sewing machine feed dogs pull the fabric through the loop, it is flattened into place on each side of the fabric’s raw edges, and stitched securely down.
- All that’s left to do is to iron!
You can purchase different sized binding foots, based upon the different finished sized binding that you are desiring.
A binding foot can is also often referred to as a Taping Foot.
Most binding feet do not perform a double fold. When using your own made bias tape: press your raw fabric edges inwards prior to using the foot so that they are sewn inwards. You may need to sew slower.