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How to Sew a Knit Neckline Binding | The Megan Nielsen Method

How to sew a knit neckline binding // The Megan Nielsen method

Today i’ll be showing you my favourite neckline finish for knit fabrics. It’s my personal method for sewing knit neckline bindings, and i think it’s a much better method than the standard method. I like it because all the raw edges are enclosed, there is no trimming at the end and since it’s so sturdy it adds an extra level of stability to very lightweight and thin knits.

How to sew a knit neckline binding // The Megan Nielsen method

I include this method and the pattern pieces in my Briar and Mini Briar sewing patterns, but you can recreate this with any knit sewing pattern, you’ll just need to widen a standard neckline binding to be about 3″ (7.5cm) wide.

If you’d prefer to try the standard method of knit neckline binding then check out this tutorial, or if you’d prefer to try a neckline band use this tutorial.

Ok lets get started!

How to sew a knit neckline binding // The Megan Nielsen method

We’ll start with the shoulder seams sewn and pressed open or towards the back.

Fold your binding in half length ways and sew 5/8″ from the raw edge. press.

Fold your binding in half width ways, so that seam is enclosed, and with right sides facing outwards. Press.

Make sure you have marked the notches on the neckline and notches on the binding piece. The notches on the binding piece are halfway between the centre front and centre back (seam) of the binding piece.

How to sew a knit neckline binding // The Megan Nielsen method

Now pin the raw edge of the binding to the raw edge of the neckline, matching up the notches. Make sure that you pin the binding to the wrong side of the fabric (inside of top). This is important!

Now stretch the binding to fit the neckline, and sew 1/4″ from the raw edge all the way round. You’ll notice that you don’t need to stretch the binding piece as much as you need to stretch a neckline band.

Press the binding upwards.

How to sew a knit neckline binding // The Megan Nielsen method

Now fold the binding over the neckline edge encasing it. And pin in place. Note we are not folding the seam edge over too – we are just encasing the edge in the binding.

How to sew a knit neckline binding // The Megan Nielsen method

Topstitch around the edge – and don’t forget to press the neckline really well – this will help set the binding and make it conform correctly to the curve. As you may see in the above picture, my binding looked a little weird before pressing – but now it’s perfect!

Now you’re done, and you have a nice sturdy neckline binding!

[ PATTERNS THAT USE THIS TUTORIAL ]

SHOP: BRIAR // CARA // MINI BRIAR

Briar sweater and tee sewing pattern
Cara maternity tee sewing pattern
Mini Briar sweater and tee sewing pattern

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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kaloskraft
5 years ago

I do like the idea of having all the raw edges enclosed! I will have to try this method soon!

PsychicKathleen
PsychicKathleen
5 years ago

I notice you used a twin needle for the top stitching or did you use a coverstitch? I love the look of this neck facing – neat and solid. I’m just about to make myself a couple of T-Shirts in french terry so I was thrilled to read this – what timing! Thank you :)

Cristal
5 years ago

Thank you for this tutorial. I’m sure it will come in handy in future projects! I could have used this when I sewed clothes for a stuffed animal for a gift. I’m definitely bookmarking this one.

Terry St James
Terry St James
4 years ago
Reply to  Cristal

Do you have any video tutorials?

Chris Boyd
Chris Boyd
2 years ago

I love this look. Quick question. You say widen the binding only. What if your pattern only has bands, not binding? You say you don’t stretch it as much as binding so how should we calculate binding vs bands?

Carol
2 years ago

Love this I’ve seen for 20 plus years and love learning such fantastic easy to do tricks to spice up your garment…So excited to try this …

Sonia
2 years ago

This is the lovely technique! Though I imagine it works best with lightweight knits like jersey? Do you find it is too thick if using something like scuba or ponte?

Martie
Martie
2 years ago

How do you determine the length of the band? Is it the same as for neckline binding?

Jewellee
Jewellee
1 year ago

Looks great. How long is your neck band in comparison to the measurement of the raw neck edge?