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youjik33
01-26-2006, 06:21 PM
I'm currently working on my very first sew-it-all-myself costume, of Tir McDohl from Suikoden. The red tunic isn't really giving me any problems, but I'm wondering about the yellow trim. Should I try sewing it on, or would it be easier to use some kind of fabric glue? I'm a total n00b at sewing and not that great at straight lines, heh.

Any advice would be IMMENSELY appreciated.

Sarcasm-hime
01-26-2006, 06:31 PM
A picture would be helpful.

youjik33
01-26-2006, 06:34 PM
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Annie-Mei
01-26-2006, 06:40 PM
Depending on how "thick" the trim shown, I suggest cutting about 1" larger than what you need

Sew a 1/4" seam of the two fabrics together, following hte outline of your outfit (sew to the inside of your outfit). Then Fold over the "Trim" to the outside (right side) and fold over edge, then sew. It will hide the 1/4" hem on the inside as well.

I had to do this with my Gi outfit for Jiraiya.

teafunnyx3
01-26-2006, 07:37 PM
i would use hem tape that is yellow...i tihnk the brand is called no-sew and they come in many different colors and all you have to do is cut it to the length and then use a iron and iron it on...and it sticks.

SasamiChan
01-26-2006, 07:46 PM
Gold bias tape could work, too.

youjik33
01-26-2006, 07:48 PM
Oooh, that sounds promising. Sewing it on would probably be more stable in the long run, but I don't know how patient I am, heh. Thanks for all the advice!

Eleryth
01-26-2006, 09:31 PM
I do something similar to Annie-Mei, but I sew the bias tape down on the outside of the jacket, then flip it to the inside, and handsew it down (taking care to stay on the seam allowance side of the seam so that the stitches don't show thru). This way, no stitches are shown.

I think with Annie-Mei's method if I am understanding it correctly you'd have to follow the line of the edge of the bias tape with the machine, and if you're not very good with straight lines, you might accidentally leave the edge of the bias tape and get the fabric. Unless the intent was to handsew it down on the outside with an invisible stitch, in which case it would be hidden.

Here's a website with instructions on how to sew bias binding/tape:
http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/el_biasbinding.html

Annie-Mei
01-27-2006, 03:30 PM
How thick do Bias tape come in? I could never find anything over 1/2" and some trims I needed were 2" - 4"

Hanyaan
01-27-2006, 04:41 PM
How thick do Bias tape come in? I could never find anything over 1/2" and some trims I needed were 2" - 4"
You can make your own bias tape. It's not difficult at all, and lets you have bias tape that matches fabrics you've already used.

youjik33
01-27-2006, 08:29 PM
I'm having trouble finding the tape in many different colors. I did find yellow sew-on hem tape, which I'll get if I have to, but the iron-on stuff sounds so much easier. ^_^* Any suggestions on where to look?

Annie-Mei
01-28-2006, 04:00 PM
how do you make your own bias tape?

kkoganei1328
01-28-2006, 04:34 PM
bias tape maker ^_~ here's a direct link to the company: http://www.clover-usa.com/products/sewing/bias/index.html go to the bottom and click the "next' button to see the tape makers.

youjik33
01-28-2006, 06:08 PM
Are they easy to use? They're cheap enough they seem worth investing in...

AlphaNinn
01-28-2006, 10:20 PM
I've seen those things in my local craft store before. They look like they'd be easy enough to use.

Annie-Mei
01-29-2006, 12:00 AM
bias tape maker ^_~ here's a direct link to the company: http://www.clover-usa.com/products/sewing/bias/index.html go to the bottom and click the "next' button to see the tape makers.

ahh nice link. I think I'll be buying a whole set of 'em.

however, they only have it up to 2". ^_^ > oh well. Fold over method for anything larger I guess.