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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Reviewing the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker

Having emerged from a month long cleanout of our basement, victorious and decluttered, I welcome February with open arms and vow to be like William Morris - only have things that are useful and beautiful in the future...all righty, then...will see how long that lasts! For now, the house feels lighter and I am smug with accomplishment. 

Back to quilting - have been playing with my new gadget.
The Simplicity Bias Tape Maker, purchased at Joann's with a 50% coupon which saved a nice bundle of pennies......I tend to be slow to embrace technology but after seeing a friend demo this, I was smitten with the possibilities.


It claims to make miles of bias tape in minutes...I did a trial run using the standard 1" tip which comes with the machine...and it made very nice single fold tape...perfect for using on the scalloped edges of quilts and something I will be happy to use.

Because Joann's does not offer the 1/8" or 1/4" bias tips, I ordered those through Nancy's Notions. The 1/4" tip is particularly important to me because of all the border vines needing to be made for the Cherry Tree Quilt project. Unfortunately, that tip is the one giving me grief at the  moment. You can see in the photo what is happening. The strips refuse to emerge from the ironing platform in a folded state. All I can get is nicely pressed FLAT strips.
NOT GOOD - COMING OUT FLAT, SHOULD HAVE BOTH EDGES FOLDED INWARD


Grrrrrr!!!! I don't know if the tip is defective or there is a design issue, but I have contacted Simplicity direct with my concerns and will post on this blog if I get a followup from them. I sure hope so!


I then went on to the 1/8" tip fearing poor results again, but incredibly, it worked very well...just think of the possibilities when appliqueing tiny stems...this is a photo of both the 1" and 1/8" strips...
So, if I had to grade this machine, it would be with a B- at this point. If we can get the 1/4" tip to working properly, it would be an A+ in my book. I have used the individual Clover tips for some time and they work very well, but the idea of mechanizing this is so cool...

I would love to hear about any experiences you have had with this gadget - positive or negative. 

In the meantime, my tiny 3" houses are growing and I have just completed Cherry Tree Block #23 and am on to #24.  Only one more after that. Will be posting images soon.


All for now...wishing each of you Happy Stitching.

 

18 comments:

Maureen said...

Interesting review. I hope you get the 1/4" one working since that is the one you have immediate use for.
Congrats on cleaning out your basement. I did a little of that early in January, but need to do more.
Good luck with your bias tape maker!

Mimi said...

Well, Pat, if that 1/4" bias maker gets to working perfectly, you may be getting lots of requests from BTCT makers for the border vines! LOL Sure hope it works out for you. Looks pretty neat!

lemonverbenalady said...

Sorry I will just be cheering you on from the background. Math was never my strong suit! I think that's why I could only cross stitch and not quilt.;0)

Lori said...

If the tiny 1/8" works but not the 1/4" it sounds like somethign defective. I hope you get one that works right. It looks like it could be a big timesaver.

Sharon said...

I saw this demo'ed at a show one time and it was all I could do to stand there and watch the person get everything together and get it working to show how it worked. I looked at my friend and said, "i could have made miles in that time" so i thought it was an expensive gadget for what it does.

Mary said...

I've never seen a demo of this in person - do you have to pull the bias through or does it feed by itself? As fast as I make folded bias with the individual tips and my iron, I'm with Sharon on this one. I spend the most time cutting and sewing the strips together, not pressing them. But I am interested to hear if you get a response from Simplicity.

millefeuilles said...

Ahh, it is good to have you back and well done for the spring cleaning extraordinaire! I'm so glad you are feeling ready for almost anything... except perhaps a bias tape maker which doesn't deliver. I can feel your frustration. I am afraid that I have no experience of this machine having made my bias by hand so far as I usually need much less than a wonerful quiltmaker like yourself.

I hope you get the answers you are looking for.

Stephanie

Happy February!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I've popped over from Pondside. She was writing such nice things about you! Aside from the quilting, I'm impressed by the basement clear-out. That's a task I have managed to avoid for....never mind how long. You've inspired me!

Lynne said...

I am visiting you after Pondside's mention of you.

My oh my, what a talent, artist you are. Amazing! I wish I could say this too was my talent . . . My mom would have enjoyed you. She loved to quilt.

I have a family crazy quilt, with the date 1896 and family name embroidered in one corner. A treasure indeed . . .

The Gathering Place said...

Just dropping by from Pondside. I love your quilts and all the handiwork!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Stopping by from Pondside's place... you have such lovely quilts and blog. I can tell I will enjoy your writing! blessings ~ tanna

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

I am very interested in quilting. Can sew any everything but just cannot stay with a quilt. You do a great job and love Pondside's gift you sent her. Great job. Blessings
QMM

Jenny said...

These never seem simple to me. My sister tried to show me how to use hers and finally gave up!

oh well.

Happy Monday anyway!

Pomona said...

I have seen those machines and wondered how well they work - I will be interested to see how you get on with fixing the 1/4 in one.

Pomona x

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ShirleyC said...

I bought one of these last summer, and it has already died. I've only used it to make bias strips for some outfits I've made my granddaughter.
I bought it at WM (where it was cheaper), and I guess I should have bought the warranty insurance, but figured it would last longer than that. Of course, that would mean having to mail it in, etc.
I did love it, and I will most likely buy another one because it makes binding so much easier. I found one on Amazon at a good price also with free shipping. Some places charge way too much for these. If you pay over $60, that's too much.
I would also like to know if you hear from Simplicity.

Turtles In North Dakota said...

I have used mine a couple times. Not sure what sizes I made though. Hope you get your 1/4 to work..I gave mine a B too :)

Barb said...

thanks for the review!
I haven't seen this yet. Looks pretty good, the skinny bias looks great!