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Bias Tape Maker, 1/2" (12 mm), Single Fold Bias Tape Maker

There are many ways that fabric edges can be finished so that they do not fray, and bias binding is one of the most popular choices for fine fabrics. Bias tape, or binding is just a strip of fabric which is folded and sewn around the edge of the fabric that leaves the raw edge of the main fabric neatly encapsulated. It is sewn in such a way that the raw edges of the bind itself are also folded to the inside. This creates a finished, bound edge that looks very neat from both the right and the wrong sides of the fabric. Bias Tape Makers are an indispensable tool that make preparing bias tape an easy task! Just feed one end a strip of fabric through the wide end of the tape maker. As you pull it through the small end, the fabric folds into shape and is ready to be pressed with an iron. A bias tape maker will ensure that prepared bias strips are consistently folded to an even width. BIAS TAPE IDEAS - Drawstrings - Seam bindings - Button Loops - Finishing seam edges - Decorative seam treatments - Mask ties - Quilt Binding - Hair ties and bows - Ribbon BIAS TAPE MAKER SIZING Clover Bias Tape Makers range in size from 1/4"-2" wide. This listing is for a 1/2" (12mm) bias tape maker and is the size used most for garment sewing. The width indicated on the bias tape maker is twice the width of the finished binding. For example, the 1/2"-inch size makes 1/2 -inch tape when single folded and 1/4" when double folded. Additional sizes are available in my shop: TIPS FOR PREPARING BIAS TAPE AND BINDING The success of a bound edge is very dependent on cutting the strips on the correct grain. When working with knit and woven fabrics the strips will need to be cut on a perfect 45 degree angle to the selvedge. This is also know as cutting on the bias. - It helps to make a small test sample with your fabric first. Even after making miles of bias tape, I've found that it's just good practice to test. - Cut the lead edge of the strip of bias on an angle to make it easier to guide through the maker. If the fabric is struggling to pass through the tool, use a straight pin or an awl to coax it along. (There is an open groove along the top of the bias tape maker that is wide enough to slip a pin inside.) - You will want to work with the wrong side of the bias strip facing up so that you can see the fabric folds and accurately press. - To get started, I like to pin the short end of the strip of bias to the ironing board. This protects my fingers from getting burned by the steam and creates an anchor that will help keep the rest of the tape straight and flat. - This tool makes a single-fold tape. To make a double-fold tape, there is just one more step! Simply fold the single-fold tape in half lengthwise and press. For a more tips (and tutorials) on working with bias, visit my blog, BIAS TAPE MATH To make bias tape, you will want to multiply the desired binding width by four. For example, if you are making 1/2" binding, you'd use the 1" tape maker and cut the strips 2" wide. For 3/8" binding, you will need a 3/4" maker with a strip of fabric 1 1/2" wide. PRODUCT DETAILS Manufacturer: Clover Needlework Size: 1/2" 12mm Style: #464/12 Country of origin: Made in Japan RELATED PRODUCTS For other tools and notions: For a variety of machine and hand sewing thread: