Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Brrrr.....It is Cold Outside - Time to Make Bias Binding!
BBBRRRRRR...... is what we woke up to and then kept coming down!
Practicing with a 2 inch Bias Tape Maker
I am a very visual person. Someone tells me to double and then half, and will end up with 1/4th that - I am lost. So to understand a little better how the tape makers work and which one I really need to buy, I headed to the sewing room with various sizes and the camera.
First I cut my fabric TWICE the size of the tape maker. This one is 2 inches, so I cut my bias strip 4 inches.
I cut a point on one end which helps feed it through the 'awl' of the binder. If you need to help it feed through use a stiletto or small screwdriver. Anything will help push.
I begin pressing and when I have at least 6 inches, I pin to my ironing board. More like a nice third hand.
After pressing, I now have binding that is exactly 2 inches. Now if I wanted to use it like this and not binding a raw edge, I have a perfect 2 inches which is exactly what my tape maker is.
Most of the time I am wanting to bind my raw edge, especially on my quilts.
When this 2 inch binding is folded over my raw edge, I will have 1 inch showing on each side.
If I buy the 1/2 inch, after I pull it through and press, I will have that 1/2". But when folding over a raw edge, I now have 1/4" showing.
Simple rule -
Cut your bias strip TWICE the size of your tape maker.
When sewing over a raw edge, my results will be HALF the size of my tape maker.
Now, to start working on that baby quilt! Almost done and ready for binding.
Posted by Charlene