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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > How to use a bias tape foot? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/17/13 10:14 PM

So I got the bias tape foot for my Babylock Melody, and I've figured out how to get the foot on and feed the tape through. I was keeping my fabric and tape together with clover clips. The bias tape did get sewn on, but the fabric didn't seem to feed evenly and the bias tape came out kind of wrinkly. Is there a trick to feeding the fabric and bias tape? Is it better to pin or is there a better method to feed the fabric and tape through?

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Date: 2/18/13 10:44 AM

Maybe there was too much tension on the binding as you were feeding it to the binder.

Bias binding is most likely stretch more than the item it is being applied to.

Practice with like products before a new project to test the stitch length, presser foot pressure (if the machine has this feature) as well as thread and fabrics.

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Date: 2/18/13 10:49 AM

You should feel great that it worked! I have had two binder feet for two different machines and cannot get a good result with anything other than the old fashioned way anyway - it was frustrating - good for you and I bet you soon get a great application!

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Date: 2/18/13 10:50 AM

I'll just say that these feet take a lot of practice.

Good luck.

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Date: 2/18/13 1:09 PM

I love presser feet! However, that bias binding foot along with the roll hemmer are 2 that just peeve me. I don't use them anymore.

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Date: 2/18/13 1:12 PM

AMEN to that, although loads of people love both....I lack the skill to use them, or am just too set in my ways.Nice feet though - they LOOK like they should work...

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Date: 2/18/13 1:21 PM

The idea of even getting the bias tape on there, if not using any kind of special foot, and only sewing one side of it, then turning and slip stitching down the other side by hand, if you have actual tight curves or corners, is still to get that tight curve or metered corner pressed into the tape, and steamed and molded into it and formed, (if it's cotton) before even trying to fit the curve. Which does mean you need more length of tape and bias tape fabric around outer curves and less on inner ones.

Of course you can't do that, all that easy or great, or even the same way at all, if the tape is in some kind of sewing foot attachment, just feeding off a roll or such instead. Unless you got very adept with your fingers on it at the same time probably. So I think those attachments might be O.K. to use for tape for something even with curves, if more like a pot holder, or some home dec thing, if you are not all that picky right there, but if you want it to look perfect on more a dress or such, just not so much at all.

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Date: 2/18/13 3:55 PM

More tips

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Date: 2/18/13 8:18 PM

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AMEN to that, although loads of people love both....I lack the skill to use them, or am just too set in my ways.Nice feet though - they LOOK like they should work...

Mufffet, you are so funny! The binder foot does LOOK like it should work and that's why I paid good money for it! Dang thing--all it gave me was high blood pressure.

I sewed on 7 yards of binding yesterday. I made one piece aprons for my GC so the binding had to go around neck and arm openings and around the whole edge which is all curves too. It's like Beauturbo said, if you want it to look nice you press in curves and sew it on one side at a time. No hand sewing the opposite side though as these are aprons for my GC--they're going to get dirty hands wiped on them.

The rolled hemmer foot seems to be included with many sewing machines. I think they give them away because nobody would ever buy one. A few years ago I said to myself....I am going to learn to use it. So I cut an old sheet into strips and practiced for hours using that foot. Everytime I thought I had it mastered I'd get a spot on that hem that was screwed up. So that's when I decided to not ever use it again!!!!

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Date: 2/18/13 10:30 PM

Is the the foot that folds the bias too, or the foot that holds the prefolded bias.

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