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Date: 7/9/13 10:41 AM

So, really now. Is there a difference between the Dritz/Prym bias tape maker and the Clover?

I want a 1 incher. Joann's has it, but it's a Prym/Dritz. I can use a coupon there. I can get a Clover, sans coupon, at a different store.

What say you? Is there really a difference in the quality of these brands with something like a bias tape googaw?
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Date: 7/9/13 10:44 AM

I don't know if there's a difference, but wanted to say that sometimes stores accept competitor's coupons, so check on that if you'd prefer the Clover.

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Date: 7/9/13 11:36 AM

Did you look in the quilting section? There's alot of Clover stuff there. Also check Hancocks.

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Date: 7/9/13 11:59 AM

I VASTLY prefer my Clovers to the one Prym/Dritz that I bought (same situation--store didn't carry Clover). I have no idea why the quality and performance should differ so much; they look identical and should work the same way... but they don't.

Your fabric will make a difference--some are more cooperative than others--so I still do use mine (never got the Clover replacement). My first go, I used it to make yards of continuous bias from linen, and it was squiggly and uneven and horrible. I've since used it on slightly beefier fabrics with better results, but *I'm* a more experienced bias tape maker now, too. ;)

While I think they are GREAT FUN (my 2" one is one of my favoritest sewing notions ever, and not because I really need 2" tape all that often!), sometimes you'll have need for tape in odd sizes, and will need to experiment with DIY techniques. One of the board favorites is taking a really long pin and passing it through your ironing board, making an opening the size of the finished tape, like this. I found 4" corsage pins at JA that work really well (not sure what else they'll work really well for, and I have 200 of them now! ) and have made myself a little jig--I took a couple pieces of heavy canvas and drew lines in various lengths with a Sharpie, so I can quickly change the size of the tape I can make, just by moving the pin. I found it difficult to get exactly the right length just by pinning into my ironing board. I especially like this for making tape that only has one side folded (would that be "half-fold bias?"), which I prefer to single-fold for binding.

Have fun with your bias tape!!

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