Bias pressing bars, made of metal or heat-resistant plastic, simplify the preparation of consistent-width bias strips. Below you’ll find both video and image+text tutorials for this technique with clear, step-by-step instructions. PLUS—if you’ve found this lesson useful, you can download a copy of this AND many more Sew Easy lessons in our FREE eBooklet Sew Easy Lessons: The Essential Collection of Quilting Techniques. Click here to download your copy of this lesson plus many other tried-and-true patchwork tutorials!
Step-by-Step Sew Easy Instructions
- For ¼”-wide finished strips, cut 1¼”-wide bias strips. Fold strips in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing, and machine-stitch ¼” from folded edge.
- Trim seam allowance to ⅛”.
- Insert ¼”-wide bias bar into sewn strip.
- Adjust strip so seam is centered on bar.
- Spray with starch and press seam allowance to one side of strip.
- Continue moving bias bar through strip until entire length is pressed.
Products used: Products used: Havel’s Self-Healing Cutting Mat, Havel’s 6″ Serrated-Blade Fabric Scissors. Check out Havel’s Sewing for more information and a complete catalog. Other products include bias pressing bar, Aurifil 40wt. cotton thread (fuchsia), pencil, wool pressing pad, travel iron, starch.
Machine featured is the performance icon™ by PFAFF®. To find a retailer near you, visit PFAFF.com.
Fabric from Painter’s Palette Solids collection, Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.
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