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I am making a cross over dress in a jersey fabric, the cross over binding bit has now stretched, so its now baggy.
I sewed the jersey binding to the dress in over lock stitch then top stitched it but it stretched. Used the right needle and the right stretched top stitch. Whats the problem?


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  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    May 13, 2013, 03.13 PMby sewingfan1

    I’m guessing if it’s a wrap over top then that edge will have been cut on the bias which would make it even more easy to stretch out of shape. I’ve heard that overlockers can cause fabric to stretch so I’d guess an overlock stitch on a normal machine would have the same potential problem. I use “stay tape” on edges that I don’t want to stretch, or the selvedge of a fabric like organza which seems to work well.

  • Gwen_large

    May 14, 2013, 07.59 PMby Sweepfifi

    ok never thought of using stay tape. Yes it was cut on the bias, when I over locked it to the dress I thought it looked fine. It was when I top stitched it in a stretch stitch that caused the problem, the outer edge stretched. A lot of work to unpick. I had a go stitching it a up pulling the binding pasted the end of the side, it pulled in the sides right out of shape, fits good but I have a lump at the sides so will have to unpick it.

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