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How to finish a raw edge of knitted fabric with rib trim. 6 common techniques.

No matter what equipment you’ve got there are techniques that allows you to make a nice rib trim finish for your jersey garment. Here are the six examples using various equipment.

  1. Sewing Machine. Straight stitch.

    Use a rib trim as a bias binding. Baste the edges in , then fold it in half, baste to the garment, making sure it has the same width both on the right and on the wrong side. Stitch in place.    Advantage of this method is that it looks identical from the right side and from the wrong one.                     How to finish a stretch fabric

  2. Sewing Machine. Twin needles.

    Right sides together attach the rib trim to the main fabric. Fold the trim to the wrong side keeping the even width. Using a double needle secure the trim into place from the right side of a garment.How to finish a stretch fabric

  3. Top Stitch Machine. Two needles.

    Attach the same way as in the previous method. With the top stitching machine finish from the top. Parallel stitches both placed on the main fabric, without touching the trim itself.How to finish a stretch fabric with a rib trim using a two needle top stitch machine.

  4. Top Stitch Machine. Three needles.

    This method is identical to the previous one, but it has three parallel stitches. Middle line is usually placed precisely into the line where two fabrics meet.

    How to finish a stretch fabric with a rib trim using a three needle top stitch machine.
  5. Overlock and sewing machine.

    Rib trim is folded in half and overlock straight into place from the right side of the garment. Using straight stitch of the sewing machine the seam allowance is secured to the garment.How to finish a stretch fabric with a rib trim with a surger

  6. Hand finish rib trim.

    Rib trim is secured to the main fabric right sides together, then folded back and attached by hand. Useful method when you have to work with sheer or very stretchy fabric.

  7. How to finish a stretch fabric with a rib trim by hand

 

 

 

This six methods should cover most projects where you need to rib trim a raw edge of a stretch fabric.


Finishing the raw edge of the knitted fabric


Useful sewing techniques:

Binding the T-Shirt neck

 

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