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This technique will come in handy in so many occasions, you’ll be surprised.
This type of finish provides great stability yet enough elasticity to your knit edges. It works on necklines, armscyes, wrap tops (where the edge must stay flexible but not stretch over time). The same technique can be used if you’d like to eliminate stretch completely, but in this case you’d need to add stabilizing tape.
You will need a strip of fabric cut ACROSS the width of the fabric, e.g. in the direction of the greatest stretch. Width of the strip is 35 mm (1 3/8″). This includes 0.7 mm (1/4″) seam allowance.
- Fold the strip lengthwise wrong sides together and press
- Place the strip to the right side of the garment and stitch 0.7 mm (1/4″) from the edge
- Press the strip up and understitch
- Fold the strip to the wrong side of the garment and topstitch. Press, use steam to mold the strip.