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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This six methods should cover most projects where you need to rib trim a raw edge of a stretch fabric.
Useful sewing techniques:
Binding the T-Shirt neck
1 thought on “How to finish a raw edge of knitted fabric with rib trim. 6 common techniques.”
It’s interesting to know that rib trim is secured to the main fabric right sides together, then folded back and attached by hand. My grandma agrees that it is useful when you have to work with sheer or very stretchy fabric. I’ll share this with her since she teaches us about sewing and knitting and finding the right fabrics like jacquard fabric trims. Thanks for this!