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Date: 3/25/14 1:25 AM

I planning on buying some bias tape makers but I can't figure out if one brand might be better than the others or not.
I have seen all metal ones by I think Singer and then metal and plastic by Clover and then there are many other brands out there too.
Also there is the regular ones and then the fusible ones .
So I am just trying to figure out if one brand or type is easier to work with or preforms better than another.
Would Appreciate all the input you all can give me .
Thanks
jm

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Date: 3/25/14 2:29 AM

I have found the metal/plastic Clover ones to be much better than the plain metal (unknown brand) ones I have.

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Date: 3/25/14 3:45 AM

I have a couple of the all metal ones, but I prefer to use the Clover ones because they work better. But there are two different types of Clover ones, so be careful. One lot are designed to add fusible tape to the bias strip as you make it, and the others just make the tape. So if you don't want to add tape, go for the plain ones because they are cheaper. But if you do want to add tape, make sure you get the right ones.
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Date: 3/25/14 5:53 AM

I also prefer the Clover brand ones.

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Date: 3/25/14 6:58 AM

I like the clover ones too, but I also have the simplicity bias tape machine for when I need yards and yards of bias tape. Doesn't work too well over bulky seams, but if you need to make a lot of bias tape, it is well worth the hassle of trimming the seams down.

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Date: 3/25/14 4:08 PM

Have one more question.
Can I get the fusible ones and use them for regular bias tape only as well as the fusible type?
I was just watching a video of how you use the fusible tape and I actually think it might be something I could get into later and possibly use on a few things I have planned to do soon.
So I thought instead of buying two sets maybe the fusible would allow me to make regular bias tape without the fusion tape on it.
So is that possible , would this work?
Thanks the previous help as it was a BIG help so would Appreciate a little more input then I am off to order a set.
Thanks again so very much all!
jm

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Date: 3/26/14 0:25 AM

I have the all metal Prym Dritz 25mm and the only problem I have is that fine fabric will slip around in it. Since so many are recommending the Clover, I might get one of those next time I buy notions.

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Date: 3/26/14 0:40 AM

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Can I get the fusible ones and use them for regular bias tape only as well as the fusible type?

I was hoping someone who had tried this would answer. I don't have the fusible ones, but they appear to have the same inner workings, with the fusible tape guide added to the top. So I would think that you could use them to make bias without adding the fusible tape, but I can't say for sure from experience.
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Date: 3/26/14 0:46 AM

Actually I just found the answer right here on Pattern Review. See this thread from 2008, where someone who has both suggests just buying the fusible ones and use them for either task.

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Date: 3/26/14 8:17 AM

I use the Clover fusible bias tape makers all the time to make regular bias tape. I've tried others but find the Clover with the fusible option to make beautiful tape without having to fuss with it (plus since they're a bit bigger they're easier to hang onto). My advice is to get those ... they make really nice bias tape and if you ever want to be able to add the fusible option you can. Some technique tips you may find helpful ... to start, I pull about 1.5" through the tape maker while it's laying on the ironing board, pat into shape with my fingers and press. Then I hold that pressed part of the tape in place with the tip of the iron while pulling the tape maker away from the iron. Be sure to keep light tension on your bias strip using your pinkie and ring fingers while sliding the tape maker back, all the while moving the tip of your iron to stay fairly close to the tape maker. In other words, your tape maker and iron are sliding at approximately the same speed and think of your pinkie and ring fingers as the tension controllers. It sounds complicated but it's really not and once you practice a time or two you'll find it's downright easy. Just clear off your ironing board so you have lots of room to work :). It's so much fun to see a strip turn into amazing bias tape and the sky is the limit in terms of color and pattern ... I love it!

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