Trimming a Garment’s Edge

Like a well-organised classroom to learn and teach, we need well-shaped clothing for our body and soul’s happiness and wellness. Humans are the most intelligent animals in the world and prove that they discovered society and its rules and modesty with the use of clothing. So, modern humans are wearing clothes from 100,000 years ago and modifying them day by day. Likewise, shaped edges on a garment are primarily for decoration, but they can have an effect on the length of the garment as well.

What is Trim?

Trims are like ornaments on a garment; they can be used for functional purposes or express the aesthetic appeal of a garment. A trim can shape a garment’s edges very beautifully while covering the raw edges.

What is Edge?

Edge is used to outline shapes and functional trims like bindings are also notable. Fashion is not just clothing; it’s much more than clothes and accessories. Fashion is a spirit that runs with their creations, and fashion is changing day by day. In the past, several cities have been turned into fashion capitals due to their cultural power. Those days, clothing was for rich people, kings and queens, but now we all want to be fashionable. To fully fulfil our desire, tailor designers are finding new ways every day. The good quality of fabric, the combination of colours, and a good design always depend on the edging quality and type of clothing. A poor finish will ruin all your efforts, no matter how much it takes or if it’s a masterpiece. To achieve a classic and professional look, one must ensure that the edges are done with perfection. Trims are edging decorations that can give a garment new life and enhance its appearance. Shaped edges on a garment are primarily for decoration, but they can have an effect on the length of the garment. The most important way to finish a piece of clothing is to shape the edge with trim. Clothing made history in some places. Clothing is a very creative medium for our culture, literature, and lives.

Types of Edging

Many types of edging trims can be seen, including bindings. Bindings are functional trimmings, which are important for a garment. The most important edges are −

  • Hem − It is a process where the edge is rolled flush to itself. The main five types of hems are: blind hem, double-fold hem, narrow hem, bias tape hem. Hem, Zig-zag.
  • Tuck − A tuck is a very thin fold of fabric used to decorate a garment. They are usually close together, parallel and vertically, in the chest area of a shirt or a blouse. The various types of tucks are criss-crossed tucks, pin tucks ,plain or wide tucks, corded or piped tucks, shell tucks, etc.
  • Ruffles − A ruffle is a narrow strip of fabric, lace, or ribbon that is tightly gathered on one edge and attached to a garment as an ornament.
  • Picot − Picot trim is a rolled stitch on the edges of light fabrics.
  • Lettuce edge − lettuce edge, resembles the edges of lettuce leaves., straight stitches on pleated frills and ruffles.
  • Scalloped edge − a curved stitch on a garment’s hem, sleeve, or collar.
  • Crochet edging − Crochet edging is hand-crafted lace that is applied to a garment’s hem, sleeve, or collar.
  • Bindings − Bindings are not decoration; they are used as a functional trim to finish the edges of the clothing. In binding trims, stretch and flexibility should be maintained carefully. Materials for binding depend on the type of clothing and on its design. For example, folded braid, knitted strips, bias cut woven etc. Finishing of necklines, hems, openings, and armholes can also be included.
  • Design lines − The design line of a cloth catches the viewers’ eyes to follow a specific direction. Design lines It can be used to improve body shape, style, and construction. The five types of design lines are: vertical, horizontal, diagonal, curved, and zigzag.
  • Other edgings − we can see ribbons, piping, laces, fringes, tapes, embroidered edgings, and other edging trims.


Every work, any creation, needs to have a good finishing line or end line. How could we imagine a piece of writing without a conclusion? Similarly, how could one imagine a garment without a shaped edging line? Shaping the edge of a garment with trims like laces, ribbons, or hems does not just end the product; it gives the piece of clothing a unique touch by the designer or tailor. A fine design should be finished with a fine edging.

Updated on: 13-Oct-2022


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