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Subject: Bias tape makers best size Date: 3/27/14 4:18 PM

HI all I started looking around at the bias tape sets and I am not sure its really worth it to buy a whole set since I am not really sure what sizes I will be needed at this moment.

Plus I am having to start from scratch and having to buy a rotary cutter, cutting mat , ruler and what have you so I don't want to go crazy with the bias tape makers since they aren't that cheap either.

Not to mention I just bought 2 foot sets for my Janome so need to conserve where I can.

Here's what I am planning on doing pot holders, dish towels (with the possibility of using bias tape round the edges not sure yet) . Also going to make some jelly roll strips from material I have been collecting to make a quilt and possibly using it to add color and uniqueness to curtains I am planning to make. Oh and I found this cute little bath mat that I bought for a pattern that has the bias edging also.


Guess I am looking more for finishing edges and adding color rather than decorative purposes right now.

So would Appreciate any and all the suggestions on best sizes so maybe I can start out with a few I can use right now and in time get the rest as I need them.
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Date: 3/28/14 0:31 AM

I sew garments and I only have one bias tape maker, which is a 1", 25mm. It makes the perfect width for neck and armhole bindings. I would say purchase one, they are around $5 - $8, and see how it works for you before buying a whole set.

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Date: 3/28/14 0:36 AM

You can buy your basic size and experiment with different sizes (use copier to change sizes ) by using the printable template from,
The Scientific Seamstress

And, even though I have three different sized bias tape makers I still sometimes use this method,
Bias Tape Tutorial, 2 needles and an ironing board.

I'm sure my purchased bias tape makers are faster but when I have tried the needles on the ironing board I didn't singe my fingers like I tend to do with the purchased tape makers. (Operator klutziness, I guess.)

This includes the pin and ironing board method and a how to for folding the fabric for efficiently cutting bias strips.
Riley Blake Designs - Bias Tape

Duhh, the light bulb just clicked.............since I like the needle method, I could just have different sizes permanently set up on rectangles of interfaced fabric. Then I could just pin the fabric rectangle to the ironing board. I like the needle method as (for me) it hold the crease flatter and tighter which makes it easier for me to press the bias tape.

Seem to recall another version with another set of pins further down the ironing board to give even more control when making long lengths of bias tape.
-- Edited on 3/28/14 1:01 AM --

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