You may have seen an earlier video I made some time back now about using Knit Stay tape when sewing double-needle hems on stretch fabrics. This video was really more about the double needle than it was about the stay tape. It's here in case you missed it.
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Then Anja got in touch about it and asked:
“About the stabilizing tape you use with twin needle and some other places. Could it be possible you will make a video (or that you have one) where you will show and tell about the stabilizing tape. For example when you use the tape and where you are putting it on the clothes? I would like to see how far from the edge you are putting it.Is it on both the front and the back piece or just one of the pieces?”
It's something I use a lot and I think if you sew with stretch fabrics, it's a really good tool, so let's look at it in more detail.
When and why to use a knit stay tape
- On stretch fabrics, or could also be used to stabilize a bias seam on a woven or delicate fabric too where some ‘give' is needed.
- Use to prevent stretching or give the stretched fabric a bit of support and rebound.
- To create a nice sharp edge when it might otherwise be difficult to do this on a knit, because they often don't press well.
- In the shoulder seam to prevent long arms from dragging the seams down.
- Around the hemline to make it easier to sew.
- Along necklines and other fabric edges.
- To prevent difficult to work with knits from curling at the edges.
Let's take a look at where and how to use it
You can buy it in white, black or ivory. It comes on a 25-yard roll, 1/2 inch wide, is fusible on one side and will be sent from the US. Sadly due to the cost of international postage these days, it can only be sent to US addresses.
It used to be pretty hard to find knit stay tape online and you had to order it from some pretty obscure suppliers. Now it is more readily available on Amazon and other mainstream sources. Please check out links below.