My love of bias has left me wanting one of these machines for the longest time.
My mother in law has just purchased one and has given it to me on loan - thanks Barb!
Here's how it all works.
- There are different sized tips. I'm using a 1/2 inch (12mm) so my strips are about 1 inch wide.
- Pressing your strips beforehand is a good idea.
- Turn your machine on and set it to the correct fabric setting (you don't want to scorch or melt your fabric)
- Slip your strip into the slit of the winding buddy and wind on evenly
- Place it back into it's holder
- Feed strip through tip. While it's not necessary and I didn't have one, there is a tool to help feed the strips into the tip. I would get one of these.
- Lift heater compartment
- Pull your strip through until it's past the roller
- Replace the heater compartment and make sure the green 'ready' light is showing.
- Hit 'run' and gently pull your strip through
- A beautiful pressed bias will result.
You can purchase a number of different sized tips to create different widths.
Verdict: This is a big investment. You will pay around $125 RRP in Australia plus approx $10 each for the accessories and tips.
I personally could justify purchasing one as I do use bias in my sewing a lot. Often when I could of used a beautiful handmade bias in a contrasting or match fabric I haven't. Instead I've used a pre-made blocked coloured bias for the sheer convenience.
It is a big hit with quilters who use a lot of binding.
Making bias this way is easy and fast - it's even and you won't burn your fingers on the iron.
It folds into a nice compact case which is very light weight.
A worthwhile investment IF you use bias on a regular basis.