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Thread: Simplicity Bias Tape maker -- should I take it back???

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    Power Poster Prism99's Avatar
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    I found this yesterday while roaming Walmart. $60 seemed like a good price for it, so on impulse I bought it along with the attachment for single-folding 2.5" strips for binding (another $7).

    I'm having second thoughts, though.

    For one thing, I just realized that some quilters advise not ironing binding strips before sewing them to the quilt. This is to allow the edge to roll more naturally. I have always ironed my binding strips in half, and it seems as if this machine would be great for that, but maybe I should be skipping this step entirely! I don't often make bias strips for applique and, when I do, they're pretty easy to make with my Clover bias tips.

    I'm getting ready to bind a quilt, so I really need to decide whether to use this machine or not. I'm thinking maybe I should try the no-iron binding strip method first. It would certainly help our household budget if I take the machine back!

    Anyone have any advice?

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    I have one and I like it. I don't use it every time.

    I do use it if I have a lot of binding. I always press mine and I have never had an issue.

    Sometimes it hangs up over a seam, but if you gently guide it through it works fine.

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    I always iron my binding, and really like my bias tape maker. It's amazing how it really makes an accurate fold. I run all my pieces thru first then join them as it sometimes balks on seams.

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    i iron my binding in half

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    I iron my binding in half too.

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    Sounds like you've already decided. Got to watch those impulse buys - usually it's something else that's bothering you that causes you to buy and not because you actually want that thing.

    I don't iron my binding, if it matters, so I guess that's your call too!

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    I never iron my binding.

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    I iron my binding with the help of two fingers to fold it for me. Would your grandmother have used that new gadget?

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    Personally I would take it back, one because I'm too tight to spend that much money for making something that isn't that hard to do, but it's YOUR decision.

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    I only iron a 1/4" seam on one side of my binding and I'm reconsidering doing that!

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    Wow, I never thought of not-ironing my binding - I always iron it - I think it works great.

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    I baste the edges of my binding together - but I don't press the fold in

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    I iron my binding in half (never thought about not, but I will try it). I use one of those hand held bias tape makers and thread it under a pin in the ironing board.

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    I always iron my bindings and never had a thought of not doing so, It is up to you as to whether you think this item might be useful to you. Like most gadgets & notions, there are always likes & dislikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19
    Sounds like you've already decided. Got to watch those impulse buys - usually it's something else that's bothering you that causes you to buy and not because you actually want that thing.
    That was very perceptive!

    Thanks everyone, for the comments. They helped me decide that this is not something I need. Have never had a problem making my own binding strip, so why get another gadjet? (Especially since storage space is at a premium right now, and I can't always find what I'm looking for as it is.)

    Took it back to Walmart today. :thumbup:

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    yeah, I analyze everything. sigh...

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