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Thread: Does anybody use the bias tape makers?

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    Super Member judy_68's Avatar
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    I was just wondering if anybody uses the bias tape makers? I was thinking about buying one and thought I would ask what you all think first.
    Judy in Ohio

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    I have used this Gizmo and it worked fine for me, just remember to cut on the cross so that your bias tape really will be flexible.

    Elle

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    Nope, don't use them at all because you can make only a few sizes if you have them all.

    I do an old trick to make them... just a minute, I go find the page.

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    Yes! I found it on YouTube..
    Watch this and then try yourself , it's works amazing!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPrFfg9rtmM

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    I've been quilting 10 years and have yet to use bias tape so I don't think I'd ever use a bias tape maker.

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    I use the Clover bias tape makers to make stems for flower applique. If you buy one of these, I recommend buying the Clover brand. They are color-coded for size, plus they actually work better than the all-metal Dritz brand.

    I watched the video that was posted. I actually use the method demonstrated in conjunction with the Clover bias tape maker, pulling the tape through a safety pin before ironing. With the tape maker it goes very, very fast. Sometimes I just sit the iron next to the needle and pull the tape under the iron. The maker tool feeds the fabric to the needle perfectly.

    Always make about a foot more tape than you need, as the first foot is often less perfect than the rest of the tape.

    I always cut my fabric on the bias because I want lots of flexibility for the flower stems.

    Most quilters do not use bias tape to bind quilts because it provides only a single layer of fabric on the edge.

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    Are you talking about the Simplicity one?

    I want to buy that and the 2 1/2 strip cutter...yes I am a gadget junkie...I want opinions, too!

    Either one...the simplicity bias tape maker and the strip cutter....

    Inquiring minds want to know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    Are you talking about the Simplicity one?

    I want to buy that and the 2 1/2 strip cutter...yes I am a gadget junkie...I want opinions, too!

    Either one...the simplicity bias tape maker and the strip cutter....

    Inquiring minds want to know...
    I wondered about the strip cutter, anyone out there got one. They are pricey, but I do like a gadget

    Elle

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    I use the old fashioned all metal Dritz bias tape folders when I need that for applique. For binding, I don't because I use doubled bias.

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    I can make binding, don't need a machine to do it but I can walk too so why have a car to take me places? To save time! Making binding is not a creative process for me.

    I have the Simplicity electric bias machine maker. I got the new 2 1/2" strip tip last week and just this morning tried it out. It took some figuring but once I figured out how to put in the fabric strip, it was off and running. I got perfectly folded strips (not bias but single fold for the 2 1/2 strip). Wow! No more ironing while folding strips! I doubt I cut 2 1/2" bias strips when I can grab some jelly roll strips, sew them together then turn on the machine and be done with binding. I tried the Simplicity strip cutter. It was hard to get all the strips cut the same size. It would be great for strips for rag rugs though.
    Oh, If I want double fold, refold the single fold.

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