Doing it the Old Fashioned Way

I’m totally scatterbrained these days about my sewing. I’m in the midst of two UFOs and still trying to do some last minute sewing for the Netherlands (just two weeks away)! One of the UFOs is a red Burberry trench coat. When we last talked, I had it all cut out.

Yesterday, I finally had time to go visit my friend Lilya to use her industrial to do all my binding. Since the coat will be unlined, I wanted a beautiful interior finish. Well, the industrial did not go well. My Snug Hug wasn’t wide enough for her industrial double fold binding attachment, ย so I had to cut my own bias and it just jammed up and didn’t fold and was an unmitigated disaster.

I’ll save you the details, but two hours later I left frustrated with not a single bound pattern piece of my trench coat.ย Last night, I rememberd my vintage binder that ย came with my Morse sewing machine. It’s metal and can be used with pre-folded binding.

My ‘free’ binder worked out just fine. I was able to use the seam binding with the ‘raw edge’ of the binding exposed. It’s attractive, flexible and thin.

Here’s a photo comparing the double fold and my Snug Hug. Double fold on the far right, Snug Hug bound seam on the left.

I’ll do some basic construction this week, but the odds of being done in two weeks are slim. Plus, I have got to sit down and figure out what I’m packing!


  1. Oi querida, muito lindo seus trabalhos, gostaria de saber como voce faz o acabamento do vies feito naquele aparelho.

  2. Hug Snug is so fragile and narrow. It works best flat on hem edges and I am glad you tried the ready made bias tape which works so well with binding feet.
    Good luck on your packing and planning!!!

  3. You know, I’m going to have to start looking for attachments like this for my sewing machines – I have an ‘old’ (from about 1980, so to you, it’s probably barely broken in) Kenmore and probably would be able to find attachments that would fit that one. A bound edge always looks so nice – having an attachment is very handy.

  4. Yikes, sorry you had such a frustrating time with the industrial, but I am so glad your vintage attachment worked on the Morse.
    I am getting excited for your trip to Holland!! Can’t wait to follow along vicariously.

  5. Great binding job! The seam binding is so much thinner than bias tape, glad you could make it work. I’ll have to keep this in mind if I ever bind something ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • What a cool foot. I didn’t know there was such a thing!

      Coincidentally, I am also working on my “burberry” (I hae the turquoise) trench coat and also want to bind the edges since the coat will be unlined (Vogue 8480). I’ve never done it before and thought I was supposed to finish the edges AFTER sewing together. Are you binding before you sew the pieces together?

  6. I have that foot too. I used it yesterday. I’m getting better with it, but I have yet to master it.

  7. I’m glad to see the update and know you are making progress, even if it’s slower than you would like. Progress at any rate is a good thing!

    My Burberry trench has been on the back burner the last few weeks, but I hope to get back to it soon. I’m aiming to have it finished for Fall anyway, so I’m not too worried at this point.

    I appreciate the report on the seam binding.

  8. How frustrating for you, but it looks like you’ve solved the problem. Your jacket will look great, I’m sure. I always pack last minute…that’s just the done thing isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Just to let you know at the moment in the Netherlands it’s like summer.. no coat needed ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. I love the trench coats you make. This fabric looks amazing. Is it red on the outside and striped on the inside or is that a lining?

  11. Thoroughly enjoy reading your blog, and am really impressed with the coat project. It is going to be gorgeous.

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