Cutting on the Bias
It's probably the first thing you need to get your head around in hat making, 'cutting on the bias'. It's one of those techniques that if you don't get it immediately, it will torment you. Achieving a couture finish is impossible without employing this technique. So forget everything that you have read or tried, blank your head.
Now take a deep breath, and follow these steps:
1. Roll out your fabric with the finished edges (selvedges) parallel with the edge of the table.
2.Take the right bottom corner and pull up and to the left until the raw edge is lying directly over the selvedge furthest away from you.
3. The result is a diagonal fold.
4. This is the bias.
Why Cut on the Bias
1. The bias has stretch. A must in millinery, whether it's trims, crowns or brims
2. Fraying of bias edges is minimal. Crucial for all trimmings and linings
3. Bindings cut on the bias have flexibility and will bind curves and brims without puckering
4. It's a must for rolled edged trims.If they are not cut on the bias then they become almost impossible to roll and will appear bulky and static.
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