Simplicity Bias Tape Maker

by S. Warren

This is the third of a three-step, three-part review of Simplicity’s Rotary Cutting Machine, Bias Tape Maker and the new bias tape winding machine called the Winder.  Individually, each of these products is a useful standalone tool, but when used together the three tools make creating quilt binding and bias tape a breeze.

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Test Project: Create 12’ of Single Fold Quilt Binding

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In parts one and two of this review, I successfully cut strips of fabric with Simplicity’s Rotary Cutting Machine and after piecing the strips together, I wound the continuous strip onto the spindle of the Winder to prepare it for use with Simplicity’s Bias Tape Maker.

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Setup for the Bias Tape Maker is simple.  As with the Rotary Cutting Machine and the Winder, the Bias Tape Maker comes out of the handy carry box practically ready to plug and play and includes a 1” single fold bias tape making tip and one Winding Buddy. It has multiple heat settings for different types of fabric and a ten minute automatic shutoff safety feature.

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After attaching the power cord, I removed the heat plate cover. Then, with my fabric wound nicely on the Winding Buddy, I set the spindle in place, pulled the end of the fabric over the guide bar, and gently fed the end of my bias strip into a 1 ¼”  tip for creating quilt binding.

I then snapped the tip in place and pulled the bias strip across the heat plate and over the roller.  At this point I could have replaced the heat plate cover and moved on to the next step in creating my binding but I wanted to see how well the Bias Tape Maker worked with the Winder. So I set up the Winder to the left of the Bias Tape Maker and fed the end of the bias strip through the Winder guide and clipped it to another Winding Buddy spindle. When everything was lined up, I replaced the heat plate cover, turned on the machine, and set the heat setting dial to the cotton setting. I only had to a wait a few short minutes before the green ready light came on. I then pressed the run buttons simultaneously on both the Winder and the Bias Tape Maker.

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Magically, the roller on the Bias Tape Maker pulled the bias strip across the heat plate pressing it in half. As the Winding Buddy turned on the Winder, it pulled the bias strip onto the spindle. The whole process took about 60 seconds and I was left with 12’ of perfectly pressed quilt binding wound onto a Winding Buddy spindle. You might think the versatility of these gadgets ends here but you would be mistaken. After removing the Winding Buddy from the Winder, a ribbon or Simplicity’s Winding Buddy Hanger can be attached to the ends of the spindle. Whether attaching the binding to your quilt by machine or hand, the spindle hangs around your neck and feeds directly onto your project. No more piles of binding sitting in your lap. 881981_c

The Bias Tape Maker is lightweight and portable so you can take it with you to quilt retreats or classes.  The auto shutoff feature and the heat plate cover give you peace of mind and no more burnt fingers! As I mentioned before, the Rotary Cutting Machine, Winder and Bias Tape Maker are great stand alone tools, but used together they make the tedious chores of creating quilt binding and bias tape fun, easy projects.

For more information, please visit the Simplicity Creative Group website.


This reviewer is not compensated for purchases made from links in this review. Sample product(s) were provided for testing and reviewing purposes. This item was used only for the purposes of this review.
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  4. Three New Tools from Simplicity Studio
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{ 13 comments }

Karen February 23, 2010 at 1:39 am

How much does the bias tape maker cost? I really would like to have one of them.
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Susan Warren Utley February 23, 2010 at 11:45 am

Hi Karen! Suggested retail price of the Bias Tape Maker is $99.99. But if you read my bio, you learned that I never pay full price for anything. Walmart online sells it for $89.99 and Amazon has it for $69.99. Right now at Jo-Ann Fabric you can get it for $59.99! http://tiny.cc/DhLNn If you miss that sale, don’t worry, I’ve seen them at Jo-Ann’s for even less! They’ll do it again. I think it is a nice little machine for the money. -Susan

Cathy March 17, 2010 at 2:44 am

I’m almost sure this is a silly question, but anyhow…. Can you help me understand how the quilt binding tips are beneficial since they only fold the strips in half? How do you get the other 2 folds?

Susan Warren Utley March 18, 2010 at 2:12 am

I’ve only been quilting for a few years now and am only familiar with single and double fold binding. As I understand it, the terms “single” and “double” refer not to the number of folds but to the thickness of fabric. Also known as French binding, double fold binding is made by folding a long strip of fabric lengthwise to create two layers. This is the technique I use so for that purpose the quilt binding tips are perfect! Here is a link to a great set of instructions for attaching double fold binding:

http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/photos/continuous_quiltbinding/index.html

and a video too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INh6sVKJRrA&feature=related

I am not familiar with a triple fold quilt binding so if you have a link to that technique I would be very interested. Happy quilting!

Kelly Jackson March 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I have used my Simplicity Bias Tape Maker several times and I really like how fast I can make bias tape. Having a temperature control setting has been very helpful when I’ve used lighter more delicate fabrics. This is an excellent machine and I’m very pleased.

Susan Warren Utley March 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm

So glad you like it Kelly! I’ve used mine several times now and am just that much closer to finishing several unfinished quilts!

Best regards,
Susan

Fashion watch April 20, 2010 at 3:38 am

I’m almost sure this is a silly question, but anyhow…. Can you help me understand how the quilt binding tips are beneficial since they only fold the strips in half? How do you get the other 2 folds?

Sophia Eva June 11, 2011 at 6:37 am

Please can anybody tell me where I can get the Binding Maker in South Africa?? I am dieing to have ons and if I order from Overseas my shipping cost about 4 times more than the little machine. Please help me.

Rhonda Panas September 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Wonderful and fast – it’s a fantastic little machine and time saver – only took about 5 minutes to make about 10 metres of Bias Tape. I bought all of the attachements so I will be able to make the binding for quilts etc. in different sizes.
Well done Simplicity

Maria Laurence October 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Can anyone please tell me what size to cut the strips for the various size tips. 1/2″, 1″,
1 1/8″, 3/8″, 1 1/4″ etc.
Thanks

doreen November 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

could you please tell me if i can use the machine here in australia or do i need adaptor are the power votage different thank you doreen@runawayvista.com.au

Joyce Antons December 24, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Can anyone please tell me what size to cut the strips for the various size tips. 1/2?, 1?,
1 1/8?, 3/8?, 1 1/4? etc.
Thanks

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Cassie February 8, 2012 at 7:29 am

Maria, simply double what size the attachment is… for 1″ attachment, cut 2″ wide fabric strips, for 1/2″, cut 1″ wide strips, etc.

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