Saturday, 05 October 2013 10:00
What Is Bias Tape?Written by d'Italia
Spinning off of a couple of recent posts that have dealt with the concept of a piece of fabric’s bias (as well as cutting on the bias), we’ll go into discussing what bias tape is and how you can use it.
What Bias Tape Is Thinking bias tape might be some way to keep a bias stuck together after you cut it? It’s actually closer to the opposite. Bias tape is simply a strip of fabric that has been cut on the bias with the edges folded into itself several times. You can typically find bias tape pretty easily in an array of sizes and patterns in any old fabric store, or you can just make them yourself without too much hassle. What You Can Do with Bias Tape There’s a relatively large amount you can do with bias tape in fabric working, as its heft and elasticity make it quite versatile. Often people will use it as a finishing edge for a more functional garment such as an apron, or even as a strap or belt fixture as well. The benefit of bias tape over grain-cut straps is that its subtle stretchiness keeps it from puckering up whenever the fabric it’s on moves or curves, as often happens in handmade waist-bands. To book a free consultation with us phone (03) 9509 4633 d'Italia is open 7 days 10am-5pm and is located at 62 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Melbourne