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A pattern that I am making calls for seam tape to support a curved neck edge.
I’m not sure whether to apply the central part of the reinforcing tape on the seam line or just inside or just outside the seam line.
I am using the fusible tape that is about 6mm wide with a central thicker part.
I haven’t used this technique before but I want to achieve a well supported curved neck edge on a fairly lightweight fabric.

Thanks for any help


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    Dec 10, 2010, 10.40 PMby josew333

    I would have to see a picture to understand exactly what you’re asking. But you can do this. Take a 2" section of leftover fabric. Use the amount of seam tape you need and make a sample. This should help you to figure out what needs to be done. With sewing, you pretty much make it the way you like it. I’ve been sewing for 32 years and if I don’t like the technique called for in the pattern, I change it so it’s the way I like it.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 12.24 PMby wardrobe-cat

    I do too! If i’ve got your inital question right, it’s a problem with bulk? I have found my finish is an awful lot neater if i move the tape start/finish away from seams and then finish them neatly by hand on the inside. Pressing helps too. Or is it that your purchased tape has folds along the length (like bias tape). With this I prefer to use the first reference along the stitching line, finger press, pin then press very carefully to allow for the curve. It might help too, add a smidge extra to the length of tape against the garment piece to prevent the curve from deforming.

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