I hope you are doing well. I am sharing the neckband application I tried the last week . It’s actually really simple I have explained it in the video linked below!
Here is close up of the neck band.
Watch the video below to see the details.
Direct link to the video is HERE if you can’t open the embedded link.
I have this brother cover stitch machine that I absolutely LOVE and now I love her even more because of this neck finish, which I will do on every knit garment from now on.
To find out more about drafting/sewing, read below..
PATTERN: If you are using a commercial pattern, the pattern for the neckband will not work for this technique. That is because commercial patterns use the traditional method of neckband application where the length of the neckband is typically 70 to 80% shorter than the neck opening on the bodice. In this method, you don’t stretch the band to match the neck.
I did not draft a pattern. I cut a long strip of fabric that was one inch larger than my neck opening. This way when I attach one end of the neckband to itself with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, the neckband will be the same length as the opening. I also cut the neckband on the straight grain, not the bias. I was using a double-knit, which is pretty stable. If you are using a knit that is not as stable, you may want to experiment with samples like I did. The width of the band I cut was 2 and 3/8 of an inch. My finished band ended up being 3/4 of an inch wide. If you want to make a pattern, here are the dimensions:
Length: length of neck opening plus 1 inch (the extra one inch is for seam allowance)
Width: 2 and 3/8 of an inch or 2.5 inches. This will give you a finished band of about 3/4 of an inch.
Personally,I thought sewing on the neckband using this technique was WAY easier than the traditional method shown in commercial patterns where you have to stretch out the neckband to make it fit the neckline. This technique is quicker as you don’t have to mark and match notches. It eliminated gaping altogether and also gives you control over the width of the band since you can draft your own piece.
SUPPLIES: Sewing machine, twin needle (optional), cover stitch machine (optional)
If you don’t know how to use a twin needle, you can see my tutorial HERE. It is pretty detailed and loaded with pictures.
I hope you found this helpful and let me know if there are other tutorials that you would like to see. Happy Sewing!!!