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Date: 10/15/13 7:00 PM

As a beginner, I'm working on a shopping bag project, b/c it'll be mostly straight sewing. For a start, I put together a small prototype, using a $1 FQ from W-M, and learned a few things from that.

Next, I plan to make up a full-size one, from an on-line tutorial as a base; & I have a couple of questions. First, is it common for tutorials to omit random details? Not--is it the normal practice?, but is it typical, to have left them out? E.g., the tutorial I'm using has lots of photos (very helpful); some seem to show steps taken which aren't mentioned in the instructions. (Also, some of the dimensions don't seem to hang together as a whole.)

Second, I'm confused about bias tape. The tutorial has one making one's own, but it doesn't say, from what. This is resolved in a photo near the end, but isn't mentioned in the instructions. For my project, I plan to use ribbon instead, folding it at corners. But, packaged bias tape gives a width--say, 1/2 inch--& a length. What does the width represent?--folded or unfolded? I can't seem to find an explanation, certainly not on packages of bias tape. If I were making my own, wouldn't I want to know the beginning and ending widths?

Over the weekend (using my 40% JA coupon), I asked there; and was told by the lady cutting fabric--as Dave Barry would say, I am still not making this up--"Bias tape packages don't show a width, only a length." And all the ppl waiting for fabric to be cut looked up, with astonished, WTF?, looks on their faces. One of these customers took me in hand, so to speak, & using examples from the bias tape rack, said the width measurement is folded width--folded over once, for single fold; twice for double fold. Is this correct?

Thanks for your help.

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Date: 10/15/13 7:31 PM

As with anything on the internet - anyone can write a tutorial. Just because it's there, doesn't mean it's good.

Regarding bias tape, this page may help. You can make your own from any fabric.

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Date: 10/15/13 9:09 PM

There are a lot of lousy tutorials out on the web. You really need to be careful with the information you decide to use. Unfortunately for newbies there is no way to know if the tute is quality or not.

Here on PR you have EXCELLENT resources that can literally take you through any sewing challenge. Don't hesitate to use this resource. Many have avatars hinting at their sewing level of expertise or experience. Take advantage of all this knowledge and good will. There are many who will willingly help. There is also a a post on this forum of the best tutorials and the what and why of them all.

Hope this helps. When it comes to tutorials on the web it is Caveat Emptor, Buyer Beware. Good Luck!

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Date: 10/15/13 9:13 PM

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Regarding bias tape


Thanx for the link; LOTS of great info there.
























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Date: 10/15/13 9:19 PM

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There are a lot of lousy tutorials out on the web.


That's as I suspected; in part, I was seeking confirmation of my suspicions.

I'm extremely detail-oriented, and am faulted at least once a week, by others, for my overly-analytical approach to things. So, as you might expect, I analyzed this tutorial in great detail before even starting.

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Date: 10/16/13 1:28 AM

Making bias tape is pretty easy, and kind of fun if you don't have a ton of it to make. I use this gadget, that I bought from JoAnn's, below.

You cut 2" strips of fabric on the bias, cut the ends at a 45 degree angle, sew the strips together, and feed it through the device. As you pull it through, press with your iron. This will fold each side in toward the center 1/2". Then fold in the middle and press with your iron again. You will end up with 1/2 bias tape which will encase most seams nicely. So a 1" bias tape maker will use a 2" strip of fabric and yield a 1/2" finished product. I hope this helps, and there are instructions on the back of the packaging. There are also smaller bias tape makers available, but for garment sewing I like this size.
Dritz Bias Tape Maker
-- Edited on 10/16/13 1:54 AM --

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Date: 10/16/13 7:48 AM

Pattern Review started in part because the pattern directions were often lacking. So folks can do a review and add in the missing details or ask others that made it how to do a missing step.

I feel your pain in bias tape. It happened to me so I bought a package of all the different tapes, opened and studied them- then made my own the the width I wanted!!

Your bias tape question is a good example of a PR post. Just ask it and you will get answers. Its really about the only way you get information because most packaging doesn't help one bit. Its like grocery shopping with only generic labels. After a while you figure it out.

Meanwhile post your questions here or ask a friendly JoAnn customer for help (the staff isn't usually that helpful).

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Meanwhile post your questions here or ask a friendly JoAnn customer for help (the staff isn't usually that helpful).

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The JoAnn's in my area is the same way. At my store, they don't even know their own inventory let alone answer sewing questions.
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Date: 10/16/13 11:53 PM

Care to share the tutorial so we can analyze?

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Date: 10/17/13 3:37 AM

Its hard writing a tutorial or instructions though. If you put in literally every step, so that a complete novice could work from it, most people would get irritated. So the author has to make decisions about what to assume the reader already knows. (Example - grain. If someone doesn't know the first thing about patterns or fabric, you'd have to start explaining this before the pattern layout.)
Tutorials are a free resource, and have their limitations.

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