Here I have gone over all the basting and put permanent stitching in. On the inside over the top of the pressed open seams I have stitched in twill tape.
Twill tape is really useful in this situation which is why it is used in corset making for boning channels. It is very sturdy and has a nice thickness to it. It also has no stretch in length or the horizontal but it does have quite a bit of give in the bias. Which means it's not going to warp or stretch out but it will go around curves.
There's not a whole lot of room to mess around with applying the twill tape. Your stitching needs to be pretty precise in order to have room to slide the boning in. This twill tape is just perfectly wide enough to fit two pieces of quarter inch boning. Having a wobbly or too narrow stitching will make it impossible to get the boning in. I stitched on the top side first. Stitching in the ditch where the seam is. I used a foot with a metal guide down the center and I was able just to run that in the ditch for a nice straight line. I then flipped the garment over and use that same edging foot to run right up against the edge of the twill tape.
The red twill tape is exactly the same as the white. Just the red was harvested from something many years ago and has lost its starch and is very soft. So it was squirrelling around on me a whole lot. I had to hand base it in so that I could get it properly sewn under the machine. The white twill was brand new and very stiff so it was easy enough to just pin it and sew it directly without it moving around on me.
And that does it for all the boning channels on-seam lines. Next comes boning channels that are off-seams.
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