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Bias tape
Question about width
Linda0902
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Date: 8/10/13 6:49 AM

My pattern calls for 7/8 inch single-fold bias tape. I couldn't find the color I needed, so I'm making my own. The instructions tell me to "open out both long edges of the tape and press it flat. Fold in half lengthwise, having raw edges even - press. Pin to outside of armhole edge, having raw edges even. Stitch in a 3/8" seam."
Here's my question: when this bias tape is opened and pressed flat as the pattern requires, it is, at that point, 7/8" wide. Yes? Then, when I iron in half lengthwise, it would be just short of 1/2" wide. Correct?
I know it seems like a dumb question, but I keep thinking, "is the 7/8 inch tape, when it comes out of the package, 7/8 inches FOLDED, OR OPENED OUT? (I don't have any in my stash).
I apologize for this confusing question. I hope someone can help me. TIA!
Update: I figured it out - it's 7/8 of an inch, NOT including the portion of the tape that is turned to the inside.
-- Edited on 8/10/13 9:17 AM --

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Date: 8/10/13 12:46 PM

That bias tape thing has had me confused a few times also. Sometime we just have to think about it a little bit before we figure it out.

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Date: 8/10/13 1:36 PM

I use a lot of 7/8 wide single fold bias tape to make chenille potholders. When it is fully open it measure 1-3/4 inches wide.

Is this what you wanted to know?

Here is my blog tutorial using the 7/8 inch wide bias.

http://timberhillthreads.blogspot.com/2009/12/chenille-potholder-tutorial.html

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Date: 8/11/13 0:55 AM

7/8" seems odd to me, but I generally make my own with a bias tape maker. It's a very simple concept:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3806/9308319407_0d8871067f_z.jpg

With this bias maker you just cut a width of 2" on the bias (or straight grain with knits), start it through the maker, then press it as it comes out. After that, just fold it over in half, press, and it ends up at 1/2". I find this size perfect for garment seam finishes or embellishments. It's inexpensive, too!

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