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How to create folded self fabric binding



  • Astrid Hanenkamp

    Hi Julie, I had a similar issue and this video helped.
    My understanding of the process is:
    -measure length of opening that will have binding
    -create new rectangle with that length dimension and whatever the width of the binding x2
    -select clone by offset to make an internal line halfway where the binding will be folded (remember Browzwear does not use the inside seam allowance so you can discard that)
    -stitch the length lines to each other to create the folded effect, then stitch one side of the binding to the line where the binding should go
    -add force multiplier at the folding line to get rid of unwanted creasing. (I think it shows it in the video)
    -the stitching line would be applied to the sewing line on the binding (not folding line)


  • Julie-Gil Bouffard

    Hello Astrid, 


    Many thanks for your comment, well appreciate and very clear. 

    I presume, because it is folded, than it is not possible to build it as a trim with and assignable edge.



  • BW Forum Team

    Hi Julie-Gil,

    To create a self-fabric binding, we will create a visual edge assignable trim, as well as apply the physical effects with edge properties.

    To start, we can borrow the image from the base fabric material using edit externally.

    Saving the image on your computer with a new name, import the image as an edge assignable trim.
    Next, assign the trim image to the garment as needed. To further increase the detail, apply 3D thickness to the binding image. Use a small value, such as 0.03-0.05.
    We can then drag any seam from the seam category to the edge assignable trim category to make a copy. Group the copy with the binding image. We can still use our seam settings to offset the stitch from the edge and make any other adjustments.

    We can add the physical effect using force multiplier and shrink.

    Force multiplier is set by amount and depth. Amount is the number of layers added to the edge. Depth is how far into the pattern piece the effect extends.

    Shrink is set by percent/target and depth. Percent/target is the percent we are reducing it by, or the final measurement intended. Depth is how far into the pattern piece the effect extends.

    For this garment, I wanted to have an elastic binding, so I added shrink to represent the elastic effect. I also applied force multiplier to represent the added layers and stiffen the edge.

    Check out the 201: Garment Creation course Edge Properties video for more detail on how to use the shrink edge property and force multiplier.


    A variation of this process is shown in the stitch construction webinar here:

    Please let us know if you have any further questions, and thank you Astrid for your input! 


  • Julie-Gil Bouffard

    Wow, Thanks you Samanta. This is exactly what I was looking for.


  • Astrid Hanenkamp

    Thank you!!!! That was definitely the missing info that I didn’t know about!!!! 👍👍

  • Stephanie Ikiriko

    This was SUPER helpful.



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