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.

Happy Sewing!
Charlene

3 comments:

Jamie said...

I'm guessing you took that picture BEFORE my hubby made ya a new driveway? lol, again we are very sorry about that!!!! and thanks for posting this, I'm like you, a visual learner, so I can remember the pictures in my mind before I will ever remember what I read.

Jamie said...

Oh and I forgot, the seam guide fits BOTH machine's!! WHOOHOO!!!. The extra screw you gave me fits the Morse but not the Babylock, but luckily the Babylock came with a longer one, I just never knew what it was for till now lolol.

Charlene - The Sew Box said...

LOL.....correct! I think I like the "new" with the old - put them together and we have a pretty neat driveway! I am such a big visual learner! That is why I head to the sewing room with camera and write it up after. I remember best that way myself - and it makes perfect sense to share those thoughts.

WHOOHOOO....glad the guide will work on both! Keep quilting - they are gorgeous!

Charlene