Sewing tape is flexible cloth or plastic generally used by the tailors to take several measures, but besides this, sewing tape is also available in different forms with different functions. The most common types of sewing tape are bias tape, stitch tape, and hemming tape.
What are the types of sewing tapes?
The first type of sewing tape is stitch tape. It’s an alternative when a sewing machine is absent, or machine stitching is not mandatory. This type of stitching is done for Halloween costumes or curtains of a room. Stitch tape is made by folding over the edges and then pressing together with a hot iron.
It’s then bonded to both pieces of material to creates a seam. It’s a handy quick, and useful method for hemming.
The second type is Hemming tape, which looks like lace and comes in different colors—primarily used to hem a cloth when a perfect flat hem is essential. Sometimes a regular hem maybe awkward from the bottom, and a rolled hem may not be comforting. In such a condition, Hemming tape is of immense utility. Hemming Tape can be used to hem almost any other garment. Like, if a fabric has a large print, then the stitching with hemming tape would be done as the stitches will not be visible later.
It can also be hand-stitched so that the stitches are not readily evident. Hemming tape is easy to use. The one who sews folds the garment and then pins it, then press the hem to make the crease permanent. The hemming tape is fixed on the reflex side of the fabric and stitched from top to bottom.
The third type is Bias Tape, exclusively useful for decoration. It may be used to remove unwanted parts and make a perfect neckline or armhole.
Like hemming tape, the biased tape also comes pre-folded and measured in the same way, but it’s slightly different from hemming. It gives continuous stitches on top for necklines and armholes, but when it is undesirable, it is slip-stitched by hand on the garment.
Bias Tape is also used in the home for items such as towels. Further, blanket binding is also a type of sewing tape.
Sewing Tape is readily available in any sewing kit and can serve multiple purposes like garments designing or crafting.