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Kathy Seidel
Posted 2010-08-15 4:08 PM (#64431)
Subject: Another Sewing Tip



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I forgot about this during the week of sharing sewing tips, but I was making bias tape today so remembered--

When using one of the bias-tape maker devices on a slippery fabric, insert into the device a piece of stable ribbon the width of the finished tape. Your fabric is much less likely to bunch up or wrinkle as you pull it through the device. Then remove the ribbon when you are done.
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Susan in Miami
Posted 2010-08-15 7:22 PM (#64437 - in reply to #64431)
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Thanks, Kathy, that's a great tip that I will file away for future reference.

Susan

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SueC56
Posted 2010-08-20 12:27 PM (#64715 - in reply to #64431)
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How long of a piece?  I'm trying to visualize this.  :-)
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Kathy Seidel
Posted 2010-08-21 11:10 AM (#64777 - in reply to #64431)
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The ribbon I used most recently was about 25 inches simply because that was what I had. The bias strips that I was making were longer than that, but I would just pull the ribbon back through the device when I needed more.

Let me explain that. On the right hand side of the device would be the finished/folded binding with some stable ribbon inside of it. On the left hand side would be an unfolded strip of bias fabric with the ribbon centered on top of it. When I was almost out of ribbon on the left side, I would stabilize the finished (right side) binding with my hand or a pin and gently pull the ribbon right to left through the device, leaving a few inches of ribbon inside the on the right side.


Difficult to explain, but pretty obvious once you're at the ironing board.
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SueC56
Posted 2010-08-21 11:53 AM (#64781 - in reply to #64777)
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Very helpful, thanks for the details.  It really helps when people share ideas for little things that make life easier!


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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2010-08-21 8:42 PM (#64796 - in reply to #64431)
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Kathy, what a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing it.
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