I. First Method

1.  Make an even 1/8" turn from the right to the inside of the garment, all around the neck, the armseye, and the bottom of the garment. Crease this well and press with a hot iron.

2.  Take a 1/4" bias binding and baste it all around the turned edge, using a fine needle and thread. Do not use a wide binding or there will be trouble with the curves. Stretch either the lower or the upper edge of the binding to fit the curves. Miter the corners. Be careful to see that the edges are even. Begin at the middle of the back and at the underarm seam.

3.  Stitch close to the inner edge of the binding or finish this on the right side with a featherstitch.

4.   (a) Pin the lace to the garment. Put the pins at right angles to the edge.

(b)   Hold the lace towards you and sew from the right to the left.

(c)   Sew the lace on with an overhand stitch.

(d)   Make a short, shallow stitch. Take only one thread of the turned edges and sew this to the lace.

(e)   Be careful when turning around the curves to full the lace on and allow for the curves.

(f)   When turning the corners hold the lace in. Be sure to have as little fullness as possible around the corners.

(g)   If the edge of the lace is smooth, the lace may be slipped inside, between the binding and the garment and then the three parts, lace, garment, and binding may be stitched together in one stitching.

II. Second Method

This method saves binding.

1.  Put the right side of the lace to the right side of the garment with the selvage of the lace toward the raw edge.

2.  Place and pin, and at the corners baste the lace 1/4" from the cut edges of the neck and armseye and around the bottom.

3.  Stitch the lace to the garment, stitching very close to the edge of the lace.

4.  Fold the lace back over the seam you have just stitched and crease the material firmly.

5.  Turn the garment inside out. At the edge of the lace, turn as narrow a hem as possible (1/8" if the material will allow it). Cut away any surplus material.

6.  Crease and pin this hem well. It is advisable to baste it around the corners. Stitch very close to the edge of the turn.

7. Join the ends of the trimming with an invisible and strong finish.

Fig. 86 illustrates the sewing on of laces and the spacing of tucks that may be used in the finishing of undergarments.


Fig. 85. - Details of Quick Method of Sewing on Lace by Machine A, Right side of lace put on right side of material: B. lace stitched: C, edge of material hemmed; D, right side of finished edge: F. edge hemmed by hand; F, lace sewed on with overhand stitch.