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Thread: Bias Binder Foot

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    Last night I was thumbing through my sewing machine manual and saw that Pfaff has a bias binder foot. I went online and saw a short video clip of one of these feet and it looked really kinda of neat. Has anyone used one? Do they work well? Before ordering one, I'd love to know if it's worth getting.

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    I thought seriously about getting one for my Viking. The Viking has 2 different ones, based on the size of the bias tape. And they have an adjustible one for multiple bias tape sizes. I'm guessing they're not cheap, though.

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    They look interesting but I'm not sure that I want to spend the extra cash for one. I'd rather spend my money on fabric, fabric, fabric, LOL. Making the binding the old fashioned way works just as well for me. If you get one let us know what you think. :-)

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    i have one for my machine and i've never gotten the nerve up to try it.

    i'm afraid that on the last step i'll ruin the quilt (how silly is that).


    maybe i'll make up a small scrap quilt sandwich and finally give it a ride around a quilt :D

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    If you do that, Klue, let me know what you thought. They're not very expensive, but before I buy it, I want to make sure it's not another piece of something that I'll never use.

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    I'm wondering how well that would work. I have a Janome. I can't see by the picture of the foot if a quilt would fit into that small space. Hey Klue, please let us know if you give it a try, k?

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    i'm going to try it on some holiday placemats in the fall.

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    "Adjustable to fit bias tapes in different widths from (6 mm) to (20 mm). "
    That sounds fine for stained glass work, but not big enough for me - I usually use 2-1/2" strips. for binding.

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    That looks more like the jig and foot that I used at the facory.
    Keep in mind that it won't necessarily appreciate the type of binding that is a double fold ... it is designed for a single layer of fabric, and it will do the job, but it will take some practice.
    Have you ever tried to sew two strips of fabric together, with hands held close together, one piece of fabric in each hand? ... no fair starting and stopping.
    set the fabric under your needle, get the pieces moving, set your hands and then pedal to the metal and let the machine pull the pieces while you guide the fabric ... the whole length of the two strips ....
    that is the concept of this foot ...
    when I was using its cousin at the factory, my main fabric (a bathrobe) came from the left, and I guided the binding (like a twill tape) with my right hand. (I wasn't very good at it because of my "control issues" - - too heavy handed, though, my touch has gotten better in the last fifteen years or so. ) Quilting and time has taught me a lot.
    I may have given you the wrong impression.
    The jig I was working with didn't have the extra fold feature you are looking into. If you look, you can see in the clear plastic, there is a place that your quilt edge will come into ... and then your binding fabric is turned under ... the machine will stitch through both/all three at the same time.
    It might help if you iron the binding first, just the parts that will be folded under.
    And, I think you are right ... it is not an expensive piece, and working on a place mat or a doll quilt will tell you all you will need to know about it.
    If I were you, I would take a chance on this binding tool/foot.
    So! Dear, Ducky ... if you get it and you don't like it, I will purchase it from you .... does that help?

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    I have a bias binder attachment for my Bernina, and it took me, well, about five years before I actually worked up the courage to use it! The occasion came as I needed to make a couple of retro-looking aprons, and planned on making the bias binding and putting it around all the edges using the gadget.

    The result was... the binding went on beautifully. I LIKE this attachment very much. I will use it again!

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    As far as I remember, Berninas have two. A basic foot, about the same price as other feet, that just turns the fabric strip as you sew. The other one is a whole different ball game and cost over 100 sterling, and even then I would need to buy a separate shank that is extra. It takes the fabric strip and folds it both sides of what you want to bind, then the one row of stitching is supposed to sew both sides together whilst wrapping them around your work. Nice gadget, not so nice price, and I don't think it did any width other than the standard 1/4inch that commercial bias for dress making is.

    But then I really like doing the binding on my quilts.

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    I, obviously, love to do quilting, but binding is the part I dread most. I'm not good at it. I've bought the premade binding, and I have also cut and folded it myself. It never looks good. Though, this is the one thing I've never been taught to do, either. I think I will check into the foot, and if it doesn't work, I'll just hurl myself down to the floor and throw a tantrum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    I, obviously, love to do quilting, but binding is the part I dread most. I'm not good at it. I've bought the premade binding, and I have also cut and folded it myself. It never looks good. Though, this is the one thing I've never been taught to do, either. I think I will check into the foot, and if it doesn't work, I'll just hurl myself down to the floor and throw a tantrum.
    And, when you get done throwing the tantrum you will be PM-ing omak, right???? 8)
    One question: The binder you are looking at IS the one in the link posted earlier, correct?

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    I think that, in general, those bias binding feet do not work well for quilts. They are designed more for binding edges on clothing.

    Bernina used to have 2 binders -- one narrow for clothing, and one wider for quilts. The wider one had so many user problems they discontinued making it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I think that, in general, those bias binding feet do not work well for quilts. They are designed more for binding edges on clothing.

    Bernina used to have 2 binders -- one narrow for clothing, and one wider for quilts. The wider one had so many user problems they discontinued making it.

    ahhh, this seems to be the sound voice of experience. I yield to your more experienced assessment I am sooo easy! LOL

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    I saw a demo of one on Fons and Porter the other day. It looked really cool. I haven't tried one though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I saw a demo of one on Fons and Porter the other day. It looked really cool. I haven't tried one though.
    What was the name of the program you watched?
    I record them from PBS on Sunday .... maybe I have it on my disc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I saw a demo of one on Fons and Porter the other day. It looked really cool. I haven't tried one though.
    What was the name of the program you watched?
    I record them from PBS on Sunday .... maybe I have it on my disc?
    I'll check. I hope nobody erased it.

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    Okay... so I saw the binder foot on one of the quilting shows this past weekend when I finally got around to watching the directivo'd shows... and I am in love with that binder foot...

    Has anyone tried to use it for a quilt sammich? I'm thinking of getting the adjustable one. I'm sure it would work super for place mats and whatnot which is sweet but I do wonder if it would work on a quilt sammich....

    I was about to post and ask the question but figured I'd search and viola! Thread already started and now brought back to life....


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    These may be best on potholders, table runners, aprons, items that do not get as much use as the bindings on a quilt do. It is the same principle as the binding you buy on a card, not a double thickness of fabric that is folded over....JMHO

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    I saw the demo too.
    I dont like that it top stitches on both sides of binding. No stitch in the ditch.

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