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Thread: Singer Bias Maker

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    I am thinking about getting the bias maker that JoAnns will have on sale next weekend. Does anyone have one? The strip cutter will also be on sale. My dh said I should get both, but I wanted to know what others think before buying them.

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    I was thinking of getting the bias maker also and wondering if anyone has used. I would not recommend the strip cutter I got one and it won't cut the fabric even after doing what the directions said. It was a waste of money and I've read other peoples comments about it and most day the same thing.

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    I have the bias maker and it works great for me. I use the 2 1/2" bias tool on it. I made up yards of binding at one time so now all I have to do is pick one when I need it. I use straight cut with the 2 1/2" tool, no problem. Hint: A jelly roll will be your best friend making binding.

    I tried out the strip cutter but decided I didn't need it. It would take practice to get straight strips but I can see where it would be very handy for fabric strips for rugs or crocheting where exact straightness wasn't an issue.

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    I saw a demo on it. Looked interesting, but would have to be a really good buy.

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    I too, would like the bias strip maker. I don't mind cutting strips to use in it..so i am not interested in the strip cutter...

    nice to have a DH that is supportive and makes a suggestion like that!

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    I think I paid about $80 for mine. It works great and saves me a lot of boring folding and ironing and a lot of time so it was a very good buy. :D :D :D . I have sold enough pre made custom binding to guild members to pay for the machine several times over. Custom fabric 1/2" pre made bias binding for a king size quilt sells for $15 at quilt shops. I make 2 1/2" binding for a king size for guild members, they provide the fabric they want it made from.

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    I also have been considering buying one of these. I haven't checked into it too closely, yet. Do you buy the individual sized accessories for each binding size? It does take some time to make binding and that is time better spent on quilting .. huh?

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    Unless you buy the premade binding or hire it sewn on, you have to make binding one way or the other. The machine saves a lot of time so that gives me more time to quilt. The different size tips are sold separate from the machine. It comes with a 1/2 tip.

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    I got both for Christmas. Love the Bias maker. So much faster than the old way. T had to make lots before Christmas for all the table runners I made. Would have saved me about an hours work.

    I need to practice with the strip cutter. Think it will take some practice getting it straight but would save time.

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    How much to the attachmants cost? i would probably get the 2 1/2" one.

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    Well, for those interested, it is selling for $40.00 off starting Sunday at Jo-Anns. I am definitely going to get one now. I thought they hadn't come out with multiple sizes for strips, but it is good to hear they have. Thank you for the feedback.

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    It comes wit the maker that you can put a 2" strip in. It says 17/8 but I like to use more. This size works great for my needs.

    I was trying the strip maker and wish you could slow the speed down but no way. I think if you just keep going and not stop it might be straighter. Anyone else try it?

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    Hancocks has had the Simplicity tape maker. They got in the attachments but no machines before christmas. It was $99.95. Was in there one day & a lady used a coupon & got it for $60.00 plus tx. Have seen it demostrated & I think it could be real useful.

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    I have the Simplicity of both the Bias tape maker and the cutting machine. Tape maker is a keeper and after getting on the sight for the Rotary cutter will give more practice. I've only given it 20 mins. and seem to be getting better. Will keep you updated

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I think I paid about $80 for mine. It works great and saves me a lot of boring folding and ironing and a lot of time so it was a very good buy. :D :D :D . I have sold enough pre made custom binding to guild members to pay for the machine several times over. Custom fabric 1/2" pre made bias binding for a king size quilt sells for $15 at quilt shops. I make 2 1/2" binding for a king size for guild members, they provide the fabric they want it made from.
    great info.

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    Bella - I have the Bias Tape Maker and I can NOT figure out how to threat the 2 1/2" strips into the tip so that it will just fold the fabric strip in half. I know that it is supposed to feed in from the side. The rest of the tips work really great. What am I doing wrong? :roll:

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    Thank you for the links. But.... these links show the tape maker using the smaller tips that fold both outside edges of the strip to the center. The newest tips - called Quilt Binding tips, are supposed to fold the strip in half. The directions say to insert the fabric strip into the SIDE of the tip to make the strip fold in half. I have tried and tried and I can NOT get that strip into the side of the tip to get the strip started folding in half. Thanks again.

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    No help there. I do want to update on the strip cutter. I kept noticing that the cutting blade wobbled so there was no way to get a perfectly straight edge. Took it back and got another but it did the same thing so took it back and got my money back. I wanted it for quilting stips and you really need them sratight. If it was just for Bias strips it would have been ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I think I paid about $80 for mine. It works great and saves me a lot of boring folding and ironing and a lot of time so it was a very good buy. :D :D :D . I have sold enough pre made custom binding to guild members to pay for the machine several times over. Custom fabric 1/2" pre made bias binding for a king size quilt sells for $15 at quilt shops. I make 2 1/2" binding for a king size for guild members, they provide the fabric they want it made from.
    So what do you charge your guild memebers to make these if they provide the material? Do you cut the material or hasve them pre-cut it? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BethW
    Bella - I have the Bias Tape Maker and I can NOT figure out how to threat the 2 1/2" strips into the tip so that it will just fold the fabric strip in half. I know that it is supposed to feed in from the side. The rest of the tips work really great. What am I doing wrong? :roll:
    It is a bit tricky. I cut a longer point and use a long pin to coax it thru

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    I saw the strip cutter (Singer) in my WalMart. They are asking $60. I'm glad I checked here for everyone's feedback on it. You've saved me $60!!

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