Customize single fold bias tape with the push of a button! Just cut bias strips and wind on spindle and use the easy feed-through tip. Tip folds fabric evenly into perfect bias tape every time; no more burnt fingers.
I got tired of not being able to match my bias tape to whatever I was making. I received this machine as a gift and I love it. I just recently sent my sister one for her birthday. Saves alot on purchasing bias tape. When this one wears out, I'll buy another one.
received as a gift - I like to make Celtic stuff and wanted to use 1/4" and yuck...same problems as many listed here - iron is too far from tip and unravels giving only one side pressed - if you are lucky, Catches on all seams. Tried to make piping and that was a waste of time too as it was too bulky to put through and ended up doing by hand. I would not recommend, save yourself the frustration.
I'm now on my second of these machines. The idea is great, and I've found that it makes really nice bias tape. I prefer this over using the iron and doing it by hand. If you're going to use it a lot, it's probably worth the investment. But the internal gears and made of plastic and wear down pretty easily. That means the rolling part that pulls the fabric no longer rolls. So if you use it a lot you'll be pulling the fabric through by hand eventually (and the darn thing will be pretty loud). Both machines I've bought have broken in this same way, so I think I’ll just use the broken machines for a while longer. Until the gears are made of something better than soft plastic, I think they’ll continue to break with heavy use. I’ve taken them
...and know when to fold 'em. In other words, sometimes it's the right tool for the job, and sometimes you are better off going with the more tedious method of making bias tape. The machine is NOT forgiving, so make sure that you cut your strips perfectly, and that the seams are not too bulky otherwise you are going to end up with a lot of jams. I have had the exprience of the width being inconsistent as well, but I find that if I take it slow and make sure that it is really precise, the machine can cut a lot of time off of my work. It's not consistent, so if you are looking for predicitability, I would stick with bias tape making the old fashioned way. Don't buy it unless you are getting at least 40% off of it's marked price.
my daughter bought this for me as gift and as I live in Ga and she had bought here in Mi..I tried it out and it was just plain awful. I kept my gift card and store deducted price down to 15.00 I would never ever buy a product form them again espicially using gift card as store takes off for time...do not buy
I purchased this product when it was on sale 50% at my store which made it finally affordable. I found it easy to use & made some 5' x 1" bias strips with perfect folds all the way through on my first try! The only trouble I had with it was at first, the tip jammed at about the first 2" so make sure to cut your strips with plenty of overlap until you get used to using it. I also found it helpful to gently guide the bias tape as it comes out, which is not really an issue. This is going to save SO much time!
Piece of garbage is as polite a review as I can give it. If buy or get it as a gift hurry and use it as the warranty only last 90 days after purchase. If it takes a week to get from Joann.com you have 83 days and counting. I made the mistake of not using this immediately after getting it as a gift as my bias tape needs are not daily. The darn thing is defective and the warranty has expired and Joenn.com says sorry sucka.
The idea is great but if you do not care about a bias tape that varies in width by up to 1/4" then go ahead and buy this. The fabric edges occasionally met in the center but usually there was a gap of 1/4" to 1/2". I hope to get my money back.