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Tips & Techniques > Bias Tape Dispenser for Coverstitch Machine

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Posted on: 7/7/06 11:16 AM
Last Updated: 8/18/08 3:43 AM
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I have several reels of bias tape but didn't have a TNT way to use them effectively without cutting off a portion and then holding one end in one hand to make sure it was going into the binder straight, and try to keep an eye on it at the same time going under the needles. I had a large project that I needed to bind and needed a better way to accomplish that.

I had seen other reel dispensers for sale on eBay and thought I could make my own!

Out to the wood shop for this project.

Supplies needed:

Plastic tubing - I used 7/16" because I had it on hand

Knitting Needle - I used a size 8, I don't knit and only have a pair of these for tube turning, and poking corners out, I would think you would have to use a thick one for support not a skinny one. Also with it being metal the wooden circle can spin around unhindered.

Block of Wood for the base - Mine measures 4"x10"x1/2", leftover piece of plywood from a wheel chair ramp I built for my FIL.

Unfinished scrollsaw project - Just kidding, you need a circle that the diameter of will fit under reels of binding. Mine measures 8" and since this was laying out there already unfinished was great so that I didn't need to cut out another circle. I must have left it unfinished just for this project ;-)

I measured up the height that I would need the dispenser to sit level to the binder attachment which was 6". I drilled a hole in my block of wood, just slightly larger than the knitting needle, you don't want it to loose with a lot of play around the needle! I also had to drill it out just slightly on the underside of the base so the cap on the end of the knitting needle would sit flush with the block of wood bottom.

Insert knitting needle into block of wood, then cut my plastic tubing at 5 1/2", drilled the same size hole in the center of my circle, place that on top of the knitting needle and plastic tubing. I also cut a piece of plastic tubing to go on the knitting needle and help hold the circle of wood at the top to keep it from tilting. You don't want this snugged down on top of the circle just loosely above it.

This is quickly assembled and disassembled for those with small children running around and for the not so small children who threaten bodily injury to each other on a constant basis.

Note to Knitters: No knitting needles were harmed in the production of this product, lol.

I had to modify my original design and replace the bottom plastic tubing with a 1" dowel drilled through the center to go over the knitting needle. My sewing room helper (cat) knocked it off the sewing table and it needed more support at the bottom after that. ;-)

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Slouchy said... (9/4/15 4:43 PM) Reply
Am super impressed. You make it sound so obvious :) love the idea that it disassembles ... In case you learn how to knit and also since my small person would similarly see potential for Star Wars play ... Thanks for making it interesting
DaisyEsq said... (8/17/08 1:39 PM) Reply
Your entry was a delight to read and very helpful too.
j222b said... (7/10/06 10:14 AM) Reply
I'd like to read a reviewby you for your Singer Q-lock.
cathy45 said... (7/9/06 9:44 AM) Reply
You are such a clever girl. This was ingenius -- and entertaining to read.
ReneeSews said... (7/8/06 2:50 PM) Reply
Kathy_AZ - eBay
Kathy_AZ said... (7/8/06 11:05 AM) Reply
Great idea. Where did you get your reels of bias binding? I'm just starting to use a binder and thought it would save time to have some in several basic colors vs. cutting my own.
SewVeryTall said... (7/8/06 8:42 AM) Reply
Aha, another woodworker, ^5 Renee! Nice job!
ReneeSews said... (7/8/06 7:04 AM) Reply
LauraM62-Yep that is true, my DH tells everyone that is why he married me because I have more shop tools then he does, lol
LauraM62 said... (7/8/06 6:57 AM) Reply
Very cool Renee! Obviously could run into you at Lowes as well as JoAnn's - lol.
martinanne said... (7/8/06 2:03 AM) Reply
That is very clever!
sewsally said... (7/8/06 1:26 AM) Reply
I was intrigued by the binder attachment itself as well as your holder. This looks like the attachment on an industrial serger and I have never seen one for the home serger. Where did you get it?
ReneeSews said... (7/7/06 8:34 PM) Reply
Added an additional pic of the finished reel holder without the bias tape roll on it.
bunz said... (7/7/06 7:20 PM) Reply
sounds like a great idea. could we get a pic of the finished product?
Cathy Loves Fabric said... (7/7/06 6:09 PM) Reply
You're a genius.
Patzee said... (7/7/06 3:38 PM) Reply
Hmmm. This is worth a try...thanks!
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