17th January 2024

Bias Binding

Bias binding: a narrow strip of cloth cut on the bias, folded once or twice, for finishing and decorating clothing. Sewers must have bought a lot of it for there to be so many brands! In 1882 bias binder attachments for sewing machines were being advertised. In 1930 ready-made bias binding was available in shops: a great boon.

The Land (Sydney), 11th April 1930 page 15.

The Australian Women’s Weekly, 12th May 1934 page 2.

Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld), 30th November 1934 page 9.

In 1962 Mercia Foundations Ltd changed its name to Formfit of Australia Ltd, making foundation garments. It was delisted in 1981 when it was taken over by Speedo Holdings Ltd.

The Bulletin, 11th November 1972 page 56.

Bias Binding International was a New Zealand firm established in 1954. It was placed into liquidation in 1992.

Foldex Pty Limited was a binding manufacturer from around 1950 until the 1990s.

Coats Paton and Semco merged in 1983, with a factory in Sandringham, Victoria.

See also http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/3rd-november-2023/

There was also the Bias Binding Co, located in Carlton from 1942-1984.

The Australian Jewish Times, 13th November 1959 page 7.

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