Bias tape makers are far more simple to use than I could have imagined. I have just tried one for the first time and I thought that I would share with you how incredibly simple it is. I used the Clover bias tape maker, but I would imagine that they are all fairly similar in the way that they work. I was using a length of fabric cut on the bias and you can see how to make that on cutting bias tape. The strip of fabric that I used was 1″ wide, but the instructions that came with it say that you can use fabric up to 1.1/8″ wide.
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How to use a bias tape maker
The bias tape maker has a wide end and a narrow end. You feed the fabric in at the wide end and it comes out neatly folded at the narrow end – that’s honestly how simple it is!
Of course, in practice you have to lend a guiding hand to the fabric. If you just feed the fabric in, it will fold up on itself inside the bias tape maker and you won’t get anything coming out the other end.
To get round this I used the point of my seam ripper placed in the groove on the back of the tape maker and gently nudged the fabric through. Once the end has appeared at the narrow end, you can pull it through easily.
When you have a folded end of fabric to work with, pin it to your ironing board. Press the tape as it comes out of the maker.
Now that I know how to use a bias tape maker (and how easy it is), I can see plenty of uses for it. I think that my first project will be using it for applique, where I can use the tape that I have just made for flower stems.
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