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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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    I bought the bias tape maker....have had a few weeks and haven't used it....i was also wondering about the cutter...I keep looking at it wondering if it is worth it? Would it actually save me time? is it faster than a shape cut?
    IDK?

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    I have the Clover bias makers in every size and I love them. I use them for stems, etc when doing applique. They make quick work of a boring chore, so that I can get on with my quilting--the fun part.

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    I bought the Simplicity bais tape maker. I love it. I make bias tape quite often and have most of the sizes. After I bought the Simplicity, some one posted a site to buy the different size tips. Today in Joann's I found that they have them in almost any size you can think of. You still have to fold the tape in half.

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    I don't know what you meant by folding the tape in half if you use the bias machine. I put the fabric strip in unfolded. I am loving the 2 1/2 strip tip!

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    After it comes out of the bias tape maker, I press it in 1/2 so it will go around the edge of what ever I using it on. Then I can sew it down on both sides at the same time.

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    No, I dont' have any special doo hickeys for bias tape, though I've seen the cool one Marcia is talking about. But I still use masking tape as my guide for a quarter inch. :lol:

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    I have clover, too. I have not had a problem with it except you need to use the tape fairly quickly or it will lose it's folds. Unless you put the iron on tape on the bottom. Great for stained glass quilts! I like the idea of folding it in half...hmm... make it twice the size you need then fold and use. Gotta try that. Thanks!
    bev. :]

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    I have the Clover 1/4" that I use for stained glass appliqué and stems. I was thinking of getting some bigger sizes but since seeing Maksi's link I won't bother - that is brilliant! :D

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    I have been cutting my binding first, and then on to my quilt pieces. So I iron it in half and then wrap it around a cardboard toilet paper center so that it holds it's crease until I am ready for it. You could do the same with any of the bias tape you make...just put a pin in the end to hold it on the roll until you are ready for it.

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    I sell several of each of these machines each week. I love my bias tape maker machine by simplicity. I make lots of things with straps so it comes in handy.

    The rotary cutting machine by simplicity is great if you cut a lot of strips. It is perfect for making rugs, making jelly rolls and locker hooking. There is a tip sheet I send out with it. It cuts with a pressure cut and not a razor cut. You adjust the pressure with a screwdriver.

    I have posted photos of me using both on my blog. Stop by and check them out. www.IHaveANotion.blogspot.com

    Hopefully you'll be able to make a decision if either of these tools are right for you.

    My website is www.IHaveA-Notion.com stop by anytime.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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    I have the Clover Bias Tape makers in a couple of different sizes and really like them.

    I don't iron my bias tape in half because I use it for applique stems, but I do wrap it around a toilet paper tube and pin the end. It stays nice and flat.

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    I took a class in The City Quilter in NYC on using the Clover bias tape maker. We used the one that you can feed the tape thru with the fabric and they come out as one. Then all you have to do is peel the paper backing of the other side of the tape and iron it on where you want it. It was a little hard getting used to. It ended up working well.

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    I just made bias tape to go around a night gown armnole I'm making my Mom for Christmas. The bias tape maker is the best thing since sliced bread. Actually better, bc I'm not much of a bread eater. I love it. Now I want the rest of the tips.

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    I have them all in stock at

    http://ihavea-notion.com/store/category_94/Binding.htm

    I think my prices are very competitive....and less than most places.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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    Thank you Kelly, I order two from you.

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