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Unread 01-20-2011, 01:02 PM   #1
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Review: Dritz Bias Tape Maker

Name of Product: Dritz Bias Tape Maker
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Where Purchased: Steinlauf and Stoller (http://www.steinlaufandstoller.com/)

Product Description: This is one of the best $5 purchases I've ever made XD It's a little folded metal device, made in three sizes (1", 1/2", and 1/4" wide). You cut your fabric into strips along the bias, feed it into the wide end of the device, and pull it along your fabric to fold it as you iron. There's more specific instructions and tips on the back of the packaging. I have the 1" and the 1/2" sizes, I think the smaller one is trickier to use but it's still pretty easy.
A similar product is made by Clover brand. Clover makes more sizes (I think the additional two sizes are 3/4" and 2" ?), but I could only find the Dritz ones in NYC.

Pros: No more burned fingers It's faster and produces more consistent results than freehanding.

Cons: You have to be fairly precise with the width of your initial fabric strips; if they're slightly too wide, you end up with puckers in your tape. I think a rotary cutter would be helpful for this stage.

Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
I will never have to buy bias tape again, and I can always make sure my bias tape matches my fabric. Two points off for those two sizes of bias tape I can't make with the ones I've got :P
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Unread 01-20-2011, 01:47 PM   #2
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Steinlauf and Stoller is a great store. Thanks for the review! I've always wondered if those bias tape makers were worthwhile. I have some upcoming projects I could use that for.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 01:26 PM   #3
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I concur, these little tools are indispensable! Also, as ChilmarkGryphon suspected, it is much easier to make perfect strips of fabric if you use a straight edge and a rotary cutter, especially for the amount of bias tape I use (Hello, Tales of Bias Tape). Cutting strips with scissors can be tedious and imprecise, for me at least.

I bought my 1/2" and 1" bias tape makers from Luv2so51 on eBay for less than retail price including shipping. They also carry a lot of other sewing/crafting supplies and tools, I definitely recommend them to anyone who is in an area where these products are not sold in stores.
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Unread 01-24-2011, 01:58 PM   #4
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I have the 1" one and it's definitely really handy once you get the hang of it. I think the most difficulty I had in the beginning was getting the widths of my bias-cute fabric right. But once I was able to make myself a template out of bristol board, it's smooth sailing from there .
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Unread 01-24-2011, 02:04 PM   #5
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I have the 1" one and it's definitely really handy once you get the hang of it. I think the most difficulty I had in the beginning was getting the widths of my bias-cute fabric right. But once I was able to make myself a template out of bristol board, it's smooth sailing from there .
I forgot about that. yes, I typically make a template out of cardboard when I need to cut fabric for trimming or bias tape. it really helps.
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Unread 01-31-2011, 01:59 PM   #6
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Do they carry these at chains like Joannes etc? I cut a crapton of to-be-biased material this week but I'd be willing to postpone the burned fingers and swearing a week for one of these... are they more of a specialty item?
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Unread 02-01-2011, 01:22 PM   #7
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You can usually find them at Joann's but they usually only carry 2 sizes, check their website for more information on this.Check Hancock too. I've also seen them on Ebay and multiple other sites like Amazon and such. I've been looking into buying some to save me money on bias tape... @_@
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Unread 02-01-2011, 01:25 PM   #8
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http://www.hancockfabrics.com/search...ath= &x=0&y=0 There's the link for hancock, they apparently even have the ones to make fusible tape too
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Unread 02-02-2011, 11:59 AM   #9
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Jia Jem- check for the bias tape makers near the quilting supplies. I want to say I last spotted them at my Hancock near the quilter rulers/guides and stuff. (I know I spotted one at Hobby Lobby too.)

I bought the machine but still haven't used it... go figure, after I buy it I haven't had a costume needing it.
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Along the lines of bias tape maker reviews. Has anyone used the automatic one that's out now. That feeds though the metal piece and irons it? Is it worth the $80 they want for it?

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID =xprd1025267
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Unread 03-08-2011, 04:33 PM   #11
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I have the simple metal bias tape makers from "clover" and they work great! It really is a good $5 investment. Your bias tape is in a STRAIT line and is nice and even at the end.
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Unread 03-23-2011, 03:08 AM   #12
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Along the lines of bias tape maker reviews. Has anyone used the automatic one that's out now. That feeds though the metal piece and irons it? Is it worth the $80 they want for it?

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID =xprd1025267
I have this one, and the rotary cutter that also came out about the same time. i LOVE it!! the rotary cutter is great, although the pinking blade doesn't work as well as i'd like. :/

the bias tape maker i always set on the hottest heat setting, and i don't use the roller included in the machine, it doesn't hold as much bias as i like to make at one time (10-60 yards)

the interchangeable tips are expensive at first (ranging from $9 to $14) but it's worth it if you frequently make bias tape.
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