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Date: 7/3/13 2:54 PM

So. I picked up my first Clover bias tape gadget a few weeks ago. I bought the one listed as half inch. I thought that meant that I'd cut an inch strip, and after pulling my fabric through the tube, I'd get a strip that was a half inch with 2 quarter inch folded sides. But I was talking to someone today, and she said I'd start with a half inch and end with a quarter with eighth folded sides.

Which is correct? Thanks!

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Date: 7/3/13 3:06 PM

Based on what I just read on the Clover site, you are right and the other person is wrong. The size on the packaging is for finished bias tape, not the size you cut the strip.
Be aware that since bias stretches, the final width may be a bit under 1/2", especially if you pull a lot and the fabric has some stretch on the grain.

Good luck!

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Date: 7/3/13 3:07 PM

It make single fold (but you can just iron it down the middle to get double fold), and I believe the label is for the finished measurement of the single fold (it would be half that for double fold). Some people think it's the double fold measurement.

I think you are correct, but they come with instructions - what do they say?

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Date: 7/3/13 3:11 PM

Thanks! I lost the enclosed directions-- actually, I really DO think the dog ate them! The package just has a size listed with general directions with NO sizes. So the package label has the only size, but what it refers to-- end product or starting width-- is not noted. I would have thought the final product, 'cause that just makes sense to me.

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Date: 7/3/13 5:17 PM

YOU are correct. Your friend is mistaken, but I'm sure she's still a lovely person. Your half inch bias tape maker will MAKE half-inch tape. In other words, it's named for what you *want,* not what you already have. ;)

Do you still have the paper card backing of the package? That will have a guide for how wide to cut your strips. I find that the Clover makers need MUCH narrower strips than directions for making bias tape usually indicate.

The finished measurement (1/2" or whatnot) is for the flat center section only. For example, my favorite one is the 2"--it makes beautiful 2" wide bands, NOT INCLUDING the folded seam allowances:



You can see that the cut strip isn't all that much wider--I want to say it was just under three inches.

It's my understanding that the seam/fold allowances on these are generally 3/8".

So your 1/2" gadget will make a FINISHED WIDTH of 1/2", with the seam/fold allowances pressed to the wrong side.

That's 1/2" SINGLE FOLD tape. If you also want it folded down the center (DOUBLE-FOLD), you'll have to do that yourself. However, I never use double-fold tape, so I'm not sure how the measurements work for that.

Does that help?
-- Edited on 7/3/13 5:20 PM --

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Date: 7/3/13 5:35 PM

You aren't the only person who has ever lost the instructions.

Here's a PR Sewing Tip from jbsew who has identified the sizes of the various Clover bias tape makers and explains what size to cut the strip, depending on the specific bias tape maker.

Also included is a link to a PDF tutorial about making and pressing bias tape with the Clover bias tape makers.

CMC

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Date: 7/3/13 6:25 PM

I got really confused because I mentioned I wanted a 1 incher and she said I should get a 2 inch because it referred to the size of the cut strip so a 2 inch maker takes a 2 inch strip and folds it to 1 inch. What I need is the 1 inch; the 2 inch needs a 4 inch strip to make 2 inch tape.


I need a glass of wine after all this!

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Date: 7/3/13 7:55 PM

I've got the Clover 1/2". I cut my strips at 1 1/4" for a nice 1/2" tape. I know the math doesn't sound like it works but it does.

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Date: 7/9/13 1:53 AM

I just got my first one today as well and was a bit confused about that issue. Glad I read this thread, but I still have a question(s): is it ok / wise to make elastic/stretchy bias tape? The directions say cut at a 45 degree angle but 1) i have projects that are stretchy and/or 2) I need to follow a pattern within the fabric = each option would not be cut along the bias. Any advice accomplishing this with my new clover tape maker?
-- Edited on 7/9/13 1:54 AM --

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Date: 7/9/13 2:02 AM

I just ran ultraleather thru on the crosswise grain it worked fine. I would try it and see what results you get, just be careful to not stretch it too much as you press. I was making trim and place the tape maker in front of the foot of the sewing machine and sewed with a twin needle to finish each edge, it worked slick.
-- Edited on 7/9/13 2:05 AM --

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