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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Bias Binder Feet... ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Bias Binder Feet...
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Date: 6/3/13 12:12 PM

Have been looking at the Pfaff one in particular in an effort to make attaching binding much faster. Mine nearly always ends up wider on the back usually and I end up hand sewing it on. I would like to be able to do the whole thing by machine and have the binding the same width on both sides.

There is generic adjustable binder foot out there and reviews are mixed. However the Pfaff one looks like it makes just one width. I would like to be able to choose the width of my binding. I might be able to use a Viking one on my machine as well.

Any comments? The link to the Pfaff one is below.

Pfaff Bias Binder Attachment
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Date: 6/3/13 8:21 PM

Well I got one of those. That exact one. I got it to use with my old Pfaff 1475 machine once, and I think it works pretty good there, particular since the style of it, just like all old fashioned binders that are incorporated into the actual foot, it gets the binding held down quite close to the base fabric while you are doing it. and not much room for it to wiggle away at all. So if I was doing it on that machine, with that, and the binding was rather firmly woven cotton, cut right and held right in there, and I was using my hands in the best of ways, and I was binding something else of rather firmly woven cotton, and not too many very sharp curves, it would be working fine for me.

That is kind of a lot of "ifs" in there, and I think you got a lot of if's anytime you try to bind anything with anything. So what the operators hands are doing and your fabric choices and all that stuff probably does have a whole lot to do with anyone's reviews on anything, just at any time. Using binders, just because I think people hope the binder is going to "do everything" no matter what, rather than sewing technique or what your hands are doing or the project you picked to use one on though, I think factors in more in some reviews some place most times, than the actual item even might each time too.

If you want just one binder to use with different widths of binding though, you can't even use the metal kind with curves in them for that, unless you want a different shaped one, for each different width of binding- that goes for no matter whom makes it, or where you get it.

I have also used this kind:


I think they also use to sell them in Pfaff stores along with everyplace else. The only advantage I think to one of those kind of ones instead, is that they have the slide so you can move that for different widths of binding. I don't think that kind works as good, because it does not seem to get the binding held down as close to your needle, and I don't think it folds as good either, but maybe if you are using pre-store bought pressed binding it would a bit better.
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Date: 6/3/13 8:30 PM

I like the babylock adjustable bias foot foot
I use this foot on my Elna 7200 and make my own bias with clover bias makers. I don't particularly like bought bias.

I have also used my coverstitch binders on my sewing machine with some success too using bias cut strips.
I just used tape to hold the binders down on my machine table

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Date: 6/3/13 10:33 PM

Thanks for the info. I hate buying things and then finding out they are useless.

I agree - I like making my own binding. Truth be told, I don't even cut it on the bias as most of my projects are square. I agree with you Beauturbo regarding reviews, you never know if someone has used something as intended or not.

I will have to check and see if I can use another brand beside Pfaff on my machine. The Babylock one looks like it would work. I don't mind making my own strips and ironing them.

Looks like Beauturbo has used the same one on her Pfaff so there is hope!

I will have to see if I can get any Clover Bias makers where I live or get them on some website that ships to Canada. Those would sure be handy too.

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Date: 6/4/13 5:07 AM

I tried BL and Bernina on SM and serger. Results weren't any better than using my hands to control. Using no attachments is not faster. Using just my hands is fatiguing but thats what I went back to. The attachment lure wore off quickly. But I don't put bindings on very often, just trim for garments or projects.
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Date: 6/4/13 4:54 PM

I haven't had good luck with bias binding feet. In my experience, they are only good for binding a straight edge. For example, I've had success with the top of a pocket. I've never been able to do corners or put a binding on a curve. So, binding a neckline with the foot has never worked for me. Also, if a "quilt sandwich" is somewhat thick, it won't feed into the foot. I don't enjoy hand sewing much, so I tried very hard with the various sizes of bias binding feet! (Babylock) But, in the end, it's less frustrating for me to just do a binding the traditional way!

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