2 tour stops + friday giveaway!

Hello! I’ve got a lot to pack into this post so let’s get started! First off, I’m zipping over to Houston, TX, to visit my very good friend Drew, aka The Crochet Dude. (That’s us above, at TNNA.) What can I say about Drew – I just love this guy. We met about five years ago through the crochet industry, when Drew was first hitting the scene as a designer. We really became friends though once we started working together on Knit and Crochet Now (Drew is one of the crochet experts on the show). These days, Drew is a true crochet mogul with several books under his belt and his own line of Boye crochet tools – he’s a real A-list crochet-lebrity. So head on over to Drew’s blog to see what he has so say about Sewing in a Straight Line, and to see how he’s progressing in his plans to take over the crochet world! Thanks for being part of my blog tour, Drew!

Next up, I’m back in Brooklyn to visit with my bud Nikki Smith on her blog Style Schematic. Nikki and I met several years ago when we worked together at SoHo Publishing. When it comes to sewing, Nikki is the REAL DEAL. She’s a sewing editor and a true expert in construction and fit. Nikki was super important to the making of Sewing in a Straight Line because she was one of the ladies who helped me sew some of the projects for the book (yes, I did have help with all that stitching!). I turned to Nikki for help in working on some of the garments because she is such a garment whiz – and I really don’t think the fashion chapter would have been as strong as it is without her. Not only did she generously share her brilliance on many technical issues (especially on sewing some of the specialty fabrics like chiffon and vinyl, which was not my forte) – but this girl even loaned me one of her sewing machines when mine started to act up close to deadline. Now that is a good friend. When I finished writing the book, I had a short list of people in my head who I knew I couldn’t have done it without – and Nikki was one of them for sure. So head on over to her site to soak up some of her sewing brilliance (including lots of killer tutorials and fashion sewing inspiration), to read her post on Sewing in a Straight Line – and to enter her giveaway to win a copy of the book! Thank you for your post and for all your help, Nikki!

And now, it’s giveaway time! Up for grabs today is this super-duper Simplicity Bias Tape Maker machine (retail value $99.99). Can I just say, this thing is the bomb. I really love it – you feed strips of fabric through the machine, and the little elves that live inside the machine fold the strips into bias tape of any size you need and press it nice and neat, producing yards and yards of finished bias tape in mere moments, while you sit back and drink a cocktail! Or paint your nails! Or whatever relaxing thing you like to do. Seriously, it is awesome. To be honest I’m not always a big gadget person – which I’m sure comes from so many years of living in tiny NYC apartments and learning to work with minimal tools – but this is one machine I would always make room for. It’s just that good.

So! To enter to win this magical invention, leave a comment on this post and tell me what you use bias tape for – for quilt binding, to finish garments, to trim home decor? Or have you never tried it before? That’s okay – there are no wrong answers. I’m loving hearing from all of you about how you craft and sew; what you’re into and what you’re not.

A winner will be chosen by random number generator on Monday. Thank you for playing! THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CHECK CURRENT POSTS FOR CURRENT GIVEAWAYS. THANKS!

And thank you to Simplicity for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway!

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  • http://tricketsandwhatnots.blogspot.com/ Amy

    I’ve never used Bias tape before – I’m still learning the basics of sewing and am dying to learn more!

  • http://deweydeathmetalsystem.wordpress.com Deirdre

    Oh, man, bias tape! Trim, definitely – trim on necklines, trim on capsleeves, you name it. Defining waistlines. Accenting. Also, you can use leftover bias tape for a million little things – braided fabric necklaces, headbands, everything! What a useful tool!

  • jennie

    oh what an awesome giveaway! i’ve used bias tape to finish bibs and potholders, simple stuff. would be so great to easily make it – the fabric used in the pre-made stuff in plastic wrap is not my fave.

  • Susan

    I don’t use bias tape that much but if I had a machine to help cut it I think I would use it more and…I would use the cutter to cut material to CROCHET with!

  • Jeni T

    I’m new to sewing so I’ve never used bias tape before. But after seeing this machine, I must tackle this skill. And can I just say I hate ironing? I love that the “elves” do the ironing for you!

  • Maile

    I love little elves doing the work for me! I use bias tape on clothing for my little princesses, neck and armholes, waistbands. Just making things look nicer really.

  • Carol

    This is a dream come true!
    I would use this in clothing construction, for crafts, for quilting, for…….
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://veronicamarcettidimick.blogspot.com Veronica

    I have JUST gotten to the point where I am “advanced” enough to use bias tape! I have only used it, however, to make piping on the crib bumpers and to line the arm holes of the dresses I have made for my daughter. I would LOVE this gadget!!

  • http://www.offwithherheadmillinery.co.uk Lisa Jones

    OMG… how amazing is that! I really need on of those in my life! I use bias binding for the edging on my hats and fascinators, it produces a neat and professional finish!

    LOVE IT!

  • Seana

    I would use the bias tape maker as a key instrument in saving my sanity. Bias tape making is just one of those things I really haven’t mastered and sometimes it can take me 15 minutes just to get it feeding into the little metal contraption. And don’t even get me started on ironing. Hopefully we will get a new iron as a wedding gift, until then….is this thing even on??

  • http://iftoyscouldtalk.blogspot.com Michelle @ If Toys Could Talk

    Oooooh I’d love to have one of those gadgets, especially since it comes complete with a set of elves inside! :) It would be great for making trim, quilt binding, you name it!

  • Pat

    I love that machine! I would love to not burn my fingers while making bias tape! I would be using it to bind a number of wall hangings that are done but waiting for the binding. How cool to have help from this awesome machine! : )

  • Jessica Rindeikis

    I have always assumed that bias tape was hard to use.. of course I am a total newb. lol

  • http://ravelry.com/people/loveelle lorraine

    bias tape is so useful..i use it for finishing clothes..

  • Avrora Davidovna

    I have only recently begun sewing, so I would have to play around with this! But I think it would be great for the edges of garments, and for various craft projects.

  • http://coffeylane.blogspot.com/ Liz

    I love finishing the inside seams of garments with bias tape. Especially fun printed fabric which you need to make at home. I need this machine! :)

  • http://Armatodesign.com Amy

    I use it for quilting but have seen a few great looking projects that use it on totes and pillows.

  • Elise

    I haven’t used bias tape in a looooong time, but I see a future for it in some napkins I plan to make as gifts this year and also for my budding ambition to sew my own clothes!

    elenthe [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Sandy

    I use bias tape for binding quilts but I hate making it! This would make my life so much easier!

  • Catlyn

    Oh boy this is the best thing ever! Id never stop coming up with ideas for bias tape! Id use it for quilts, clothes, kitty toys, and maybe even crocheting with it! :)

  • Jessie V

    I’ve never used bias tape before, but I have a feeling I really really want to! I’ve finally got a space where my sewing machine is set up (all the time!!) and I’ve got a billion of projects in my head, and this would make completing them (and having them look like a grown up made them, and not a 5 year old), sooo much easier!!!

  • Jessica Simoes

    I’ve always wanted to crochet with fabric but haven’t because of the amount of work involved getting the fabric ready. This would be quite the problem solver!

  • kim m

    i haven’t tried making bias tape yet… I love the look but I’m intimidated!!!! I would love to make a quilt and some clothes for my daughter which will need bias tape but I’m scared – hehehe

  • Morgan Wooten

    I’ve never used bias tape but I’m sure my life would be simplified if I did, especially regarding the unique patterns I come up with in my head.

  • http://mrsschrage.wordpress.com Shannon

    I’ve been eyeing this machine!!

  • Liz

    I use it to finish seams on garments, and to finish armholes and necklines.

  • http://www.pennyfeather.etsy.com Ali

    I am in love with bias tape- especially if it is funky and totally not the usual solid color. I love doing a small stripe with a polka dot print (aprons, pillows, quilts). Bias tape makes everything look finished and nice n neat! I would love love love to have this bias tape maker (ive been craft-lusting for it for a while now, ahah)

  • emily

    I love me some bias tape. Perfect for making a fun trim at the bottom of a skirt when you don’t feel like hemming. :) Would love to win this!

  • Margo

    I’m new to sewing so I have not yet used bias tape. I”m sure I’ll be able to put it to good use.

  • Sara Upshaw

    Oh, I’ve been hoping for one of these! I need some bias tape for a Vogue dress pattern and I really don’t want to use store-bought. In the past, I’ve only used it on a handbag.

  • Jennifer Currie

    I love homemade bias tape; it’s so much nicer than the store-bought stuff. However, I do not love making it. :( I do use a great tutorial I found on line for cutting a super long continuous bias strip (you make your fabric into a some crazy named shape from high school geometry and then cut with a rotary cutter). But… then you still have to fold and iron. :( The bias tape maker sounds like fun though. I use bias tape for clothing, homey items, etc. It adds a really nice, professional look to things. Thanks for the give-away and I love your cat’s new do! Cute, cute!

  • Lindsay

    I’ve never used bias tape, BUT I am making my friend a baby quilt. She is leaving for Japan with her husband for at least two years and I would like to send them off with something snuggly that makes them think of home. This would be a great project for bias tape :)

  • Nikkee

    I’ve used bias tape to finish some garments and I’ve even made it by hand.. but I LOATHE the iton… so this would make me verrrrry happy ;p

  • Heather

    I have been wanting one of these for a while. I don’t like making bias tape, but I seem to need it a lot for pot holdrs, bags, etc. This would be great.

  • Jody

    I have been itching to make some lovely napkins, and this gadget would be so helpful!!

  • Carol Garcia

    I use bias tape for both quilting and cloth making. Oh how I would love to win!

  • Ness

    I’ve never used bias tape before. I’m a total sewing newbie!

  • Kirsten T

    Oh my goodness I didn’t even know such a thing existed! I don’t personally use bias tape (as I am seriously a novice at sewing) . But my mom, she’s amazing and does a ton of quilting. If I had the good fortune to win this I would definitely gift it to her as I think she would make great use of it.

  • http://auntkaykay.etsy.com Kelly.R

    I (so far) have used bias tape to make a top for my niece and on a bib! I plan on making some pot holders soon too.

  • Halliday

    I have used bias tape to finish a top and to make pretty edges on little keepsake bags. This machine would be great – making bias tape is not my forte!

  • Sarah

    I fudged my way through making some out of ribbon to finish off a baby blanket I knitted, but other than that I’ve always been too intimidated. If I win this machine, I will be braver!

  • Kate

    I finished my first quilt top but haven’t started assembling yet because I need to attempt to learn how to make bias tape … this would be a wonderful help!

  • Lisa Rawls

    Bias tape!! Garlands and bunting, baby clothes, blankets, bibs, pillow trim, need I go on?? How fun to have a maker of my very own…

  • Rae

    I’ve never used bias tape but it looks so great as a finishing touch! Would love to try this cool machine

  • Lauren Murphy

    I’m still new to the sewing world but I would love to use it to make a quilt!

  • BJMarley

    I’ve used bias tape to replace a heavy facing on a summer dress. I’ve used it as a decorative accent on clothing and baby bibs, and as flower stems for applique on a little girl’s dress.

  • http://www.lelabela.etsy.com Lela

    I guess I’ve only used it for ribbon while wrapping packages. :) But, I do have plans to start making fancy things and would love this machine!

  • Mary Ann

    Quilt binding!

  • http://byazoo.morepleasethankyou.com Alli

    So far, I’ve only used bias tape to finish the inside seams of a diaper bag. I see lots of neat things to make with bias tape, but I haven’t gotten around to buying a thingoo to make it myself, and I always forget to buy some when I’m at the fabric store. :}

  • Christine

    I used bias tape on my very first and only quilt as well as like ribbon for gift wrapping before… I would love to make it myself though! most of the time the color options they have in stores aren’t too great :)

  • http://sewwell.wordpress.com Amy

    I made a large strip of bias tape for myself for the first time a couple weeks ago. It took an entire evening. It was much more complicated than making little pieces for this and that. This machine would be wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  • http://www.chicrochet.com Beth Nielsen

    I was up to my eyes in bias tape making my senior collection for fashion school (this one! http://www.coroflot.com/b_niel/spring-2008/4) and then a few years ago when I made this collection (http://www.coroflot.com/b_niel/spring-2010/6). I made all the bias tape by hand, and needless to say, this would have been an incredible time saver! And would have saved me some serious iron burns!!

  • Leigh Anne

    I’ve been drooling over one of these 4-EVER!! I think bias tape can add so much to a garment. I’ve used it as accent on the bottoms of skirts and also binding on a carseat cover for my wee one :)

  • http://www.thimblesbobbinspaperandink.blogspot.com Jennifer Woodward

    I love using bias tape on clothing, crafts and quilts. I make my own the old fashioned way, i.e. cut, sew, fold, press, press some more…you know. I would love, Love, LOVE to own one of these machines and would be eternally grateful to win! I’d put it to work immediately on pillowcase dresses I’m making for a mission project to for African children.

    Thanks for the opportunity to throw my name in the hat (so to speak.)


  • Vanessa Barrett

    I love Bias tape its just great, i have only used it a few times for finishing garments and home decor projects however everytime ive used it it has beed so easy and adds a great finish, i would love to win this machine as i think it will be very useful for my new quilting venture

  • http://thelandofmesweet.blogspot.com Christy

    I want this! I have made my own bias tape for tote bags and even a “tinsel” fabric for my Christmas tree. Ohh this would just make my day :)

  • Robin

    I make lots of apron and use lots of bias tape. and the aprons are so much cuter with coordinating bias tape. I have been lusting after this item for quite a while.
    Please pick me!

  • http://www.stacyziegler.com stacyZ

    Well I would use it for the bias binding on some baby blankets I am making for myself and friends…not to mention a quilt I have in the works. I would love to see the little elves work! :)

  • http://theoriginofwonder.blogspot.com Barbara

    I haven’t used bias tape before, but I just started quilting, so I’m going to need a whole lot of it soon (:

  • Brenda Sturges

    Art quilts, bed quilts, anything that needs decorating or binding!

  • http://yahoo.com Deena Sanders

    I use quilt binding tape for binding my quilts and on projects like tote bags and purses – to hide raw-edges or seams. I know I spend waaaayyy to much money purchasing quilt binding – and would love this machine – especially if it can do it in any size needed…oh yeah- how marvelous that would be! Yay!
    Waving hand in the air – pick me – pick me!

  • Christina

    I use bias tape for for finishing garments – I find it easier than those odd shaped facings that never seem to lay flat.

  • Karen Crawford

    I was always a bit afraid of it, but recently I have been bias taping All kinds of things, and sure could have used something like this, when I needed to make some to match a project !! I use bias tape on placemats, table runners, aprons, use it for pocket accents, and straps on dresses. This little machine would be SEW much easier then the little time comsuming old fashion one’s !!! I WILL PUT LOTS OF MILES ON IT………if I were to win !!!

  • Risa

    What? That thing looks amazing! Normally I only use bias tape for quilts, since it’s kind of a pain to make. But if I had that little magic maker, I might start putting bias tape on everything! Sweet.

  • Kim

    I am currently using bias tape for garment finishing and straps for my granddaughter’s tops and dresses.

  • Jamie

    Ive never used bias tape but for some reason reading about this contraption makes me wanna get creative…

  • mirabelle

    Never bought it – attempted to make my own for a baby towel I was making – A DISASTER!!!

  • Mariana

    quilt binding, but if i had a machine to make it easily, i’d use it way more often

  • Shannon

    I hate making bias tape so I hardly ever use it! haha. I have had my eye on this little wonder for some time now because I know it makes things look more polished and professional. Crossing my fingers…

  • AnnaPK

    I use bias tape on my kids clothing projects so I would love to make more of my own-use nice soft fabrics. I have made my own once it was much trickier than I thought getting it all just right. Having the bias tpae maker do it for me would be awesome! :D

  • http://popscandyshop.etsy.com Genevieve Sosa

    I would absolutely love to have this bias tape machine. There is such a limited seleciton of type of bias tape and its usually solid in color. Just to be able to make custom style bias tape so easily and quickly is awesome. You could add some much design to any piece whether a garment or a home decor. cool! :)

  • sandy meyer

    I make my own bias tape buying it is to expensive I use it for many different projects quilting, pillows etc.

  • LaVeraAC

    Mostly I use bias for binding quilts. With a machine like this I might try to bind the dozens of pot holders my mother didn’t get completed before her death.

  • Deborah in Atlanta

    What would I use this for? Oh…well…for having those little elves visit me. I’d love to have them sneak in my house and make this wonderful bias for me so I can use it on my quilts. I’d love to have my own little elves. So please pick me!

  • Tagati

    I sew a lot of my own Beladi costumes and use tons of bias tape. I love to use it as the casing for elastic waistbands and for the bottom hems of harem pants. I topstitch the bias tape to reinforce it as the casing.

    The hardest part is finding bias tape in a colour that works. The machine would be great, as I could make my own tapes!

    Huzzah for technology!

  • Laura J

    I’ve never tried bias tape…I’m new to sewing so I pick my projects keeping in mind how many new methods I’ll have to learn to complete the project.

  • Jenn Lucas

    I use bias tape for all of the above mentioned – quilt binding, home decor and as edging and decoration on clothing! I would LOVE this bias tape maker! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Sandra

    For bibs, aprons, and pot holders. Making my own would be much simpler. I miss your Crochet show – when is it coming back?

  • Jerri

    I always make bias tape out of the same fabric I use for the dresses or whatever I am making. This would cut down on my time and make the project look a lot nicer.

  • Cindy G.

    I have a love/hate relationship with bias tape. I love how it can take something even as simple as a potholder form ordinary to extraordinary. I know it looks best when it’s hand sewn on one side, but I don’t really like hand sewing. And, it doesn’t usually come in funky colors and patterns. I know I can make my own (but I also hate to iron… not even a hint of love, there), so to stand at the iron and press and press some more just kills the whole idea for me. I’ve used bias tape on some tote bags, a vest for my sister’s costume at a Ren Faire and even on a pencil case. Boring, pre-packaged bias tape. I have an apron just waiting to be made, but it has a bunch of bias tape on it, and I don’t know if I want boring bias tape…If you knew how many times I’ve picked up this machine in the store, only to put it back. I can’t seem to make myself spend the money! But if I won it, that’d be ace!

  • Rose Bowden

    I can think of a thousand ways to use something like that!

  • Danielle

    I’m doing 2 baby quilts right now, and I have FIVE more pregnant friends/family members. (Seriously, is there something in the water here??) Sweet quilting gods in heaven, this would be DA BOMB.

  • Jessica

    I have wanted one of these. I love making bias tape but I do it the slow way. I learned online through tutorials and have used it for making hot pads (one of my favorites) and on clothing for my daughter.

  • Bekah

    Oh, I would LOVE to have a bias tape gizmo! I use bias tape for quilt binding and small bias tape to finish off seams in my baby bags. So far, I’ve been lucky enough to find a matching or coordinating pre-made solid to go with all of my projects, but if making it was this easy, it would be so great to have tape that is the same fabric!

  • Cynthia

    I use bias tape to finish garments as well as quilt bind, but since I never have the patience to make my own I generally get stuck with ill matched bias and fabric. That nifty tool would be of great help for someone like me!

  • AmandaT

    I LOVE bias binding! It would be great to have a little machine to help make it!

  • http://sukigirl74.blogspot.com/ suki

    A few years ago I decided to make my first fabric potholder (I’ve made quite a few crochet ones).
    It’s about 75% done so if I won that cute elf driven gadget I would finish that baby off (after I found where I put it).

  • http://www.missourimel.com Mel

    I actually have an apron I”m going to be making that gets edged with bias tape, so this would come in very handy since I bought fabric to make the bias tape.

  • Crystal S

    I’ve never used it, but I’m going to try it as a trim for a lampshade to give it a little sometihng.

  • Megan

    I like using bias tape to finish anything! I love how it can make a beautiful contrast with the main fabric especially when using it on a blanket.

  • http://www.twitter.com/calliwoman Tam

    Use for quilting, bags, & potholders. This would be a convient machine to have. Fingers crossed :)

  • Pam

    I love using bias tape to finish placemats, aprons, quilts, all kinds of things. I have used the Clover bias makers and have also made tapes by hand. Would be so wonderful to have such a neat device to make the process faster. BTW, I just found out about you. Love your blog!

  • Karen

    I just finished designing a fall wardrobe for my young daughter. i added contrasting bias tape around the arm holes on a very cute and simple a-line dress to make it a little more finished.

  • Allison C

    Bias tape + cocktails = party! I use bias tape for baby bibs and would love this little contraption!

  • http://thereisnoplacelikehomemade.blogspot.com/ Ashley

    No more burning my fingers would be awesome!! I use it for everything from quilts, potholders, clothes, the list goes on forever. Thanks the chance at a wonderful giveaway!! Awesome blog by the way!

  • http://sydneylovesjohn.blogspot.com Sydney

    i’m attempting my first quilt this week – and am using bias tape to bind it. wish me luck!!

  • Lee

    I have never used a bias tape maker but I would love to use one for bindings for quilts and for placemats and hotpads! thanks! Your Lion kitty is so so cute!

  • Sarah

    As of today I am actually making bias tape for the first time! I purchased a clover bias tape maker to help me do the job. I am using it to bind a clothspin bag that I am making. I cannot wait to continue making it. I love that you can add so much with such a small detail–to any project. I would LOVE to have this maker–I know it would be used often :)

  • http://www.littlewakka.com brooke rains

    This machine is a game-changer. I use bias tape for everything, including gift wrap and tourniquets.

  • Salena

    I love bias tape! I use it to finish garments.

  • robin

    I use bias tape for quilt binding. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://www.skrdla-sense.blogspot.com Kati

    I’ve never used biased tape before, but I do need it for a nightgown I’m making for my daughter. This machine looks great! By the way, your Fifi cracks me up!

  • Janice

    Bunting!! I love bunting! I love bunting with bias tape! Preferably in yellow. :)

  • Melissa

    I have only used store bought bias tape and wasn’t impressed with my options. I’m starting my first quilt and would love something funky for the binding!

  • Britni B.

    I haven’t used bias tape before, but can’t wait to!

  • http://sweetcheese.wordpress.com Tanya M.

    I’ve only used bias tape once to finish off some baby kimonos I made, but would love to use it more often! Also, I plan on starting my first quilt, so my little manual 1/2″ tool certainly won’t work!

  • Sandhya Karandikar

    This would be an awesome addition to my sewing room. I make bags and some of them have meters and meters of bias tape which I have to do my cutting the material and folding and ironing all done by hand. Thanks for the give away.

  • http://strungoutdesigns.blogspot.com Amy

    So far, I’ve only used bias tape to bind things. A baby blanket, some kitchen stuff. Nothing too fancy. :)

  • Debra

    I have never used bias tape yet but I have a couple prjects that are calling for it!

  • Kristy

    I’m really new to sewing so I haven’t ventured into the bias tape yet, but I would love to use it to trim an adorable purse!

  • Yasmine

    I never EVER knew that such a thing existed. Oh just knowing that it does made my heart skip a beat, I will find out new things to make just to use it. For now I am thinking QUILTS QUILTS and more QUILTS.

  • http://emilydreams.etsy.com Emily W

    What a great giveaway. I’ve been looking at this for a while, it would be so helpful.

  • Mel Vo

    I use bias tape primarily to trim and finish clothes. Most of the time I resort to buying the generic stuff you can find at Jo-Ann because making it [evenly] is so tedious. Having this would open up a whole new world!

  • Hueisei

    Never used before..would love to win the tool for my project!!

  • Katherine

    I often cheat on my skirt hems and use bias tape to quickly and neatly finish them off – a little shortcut my mum taught me! I’ve never seen a machine like this before. What a fantastic idea. Thanks for running such a generous give away.

  • Lisa

    Bias tape… mh, after I just did not want to give it a try for years I once realised how fabulous that stuff ist.
    Don’t want to give your jacket a proper lining? Just use bias tape to make the seam allowance nice and stylish. Need a halter for your top? Just sew folded bias tape together… you can use it for a million things, it’s just perfect for an even, professional look. Let’s just say I use it for almost everything.

    Making your own bias tape is just over the top, you can use printed fabrics and pimp up every sewing project. Just love it :D

  • http://www.abundantdivinelight.org Rachel Frank

    I just started an online quilting class and it calls for bias tape. I have never used it before and I am a newbie at sewing. The machine looks really interesting and I love the idea of making it myself. The store by me is limited in choices so this is a great idea.

  • Nan N.

    I’m a newbie sewer and haven’t used bias tape yet. I have, however, been reading about making it yourself. I’ve also been looking at reviews for this bias tape maker for DAYS and was literally checking my email before heading off to ebay to bid on one when I saw an email from Craftsy about “Sewing in a Straight Line” (which I’m buying, by the way). I headed over to your blog to read more about your new book and saw the contest for the bias tape maker. Was it coincidence or kismet that brought me here? I guess we’ll see on Monday.. Love your blog, btw!

  • laurie

    I mainly use bias tape for finishing pillows, quilts and potholders. Now that I started making my own, I will never go back to pre-packaged again!

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  • nancy

    quilt binding mostly and man would this machine make a boring job so much fun!

  • Leandra

    I mostly finish seams with it. Have used it to trim out latch hook to make into a wall hanging.

  • http://www.sewtrashy.com whitney

    I haven’t used it before, but I’m in the process up learning more about sewing. I think I would start by using it to finish potholders and pillows.

  • Renee C

    I’ve only used bias tape for quilts but have been wanting to try it to finish garments for a while now.

  • Sandy

    Wow, great giveaway! I finish garments with bias tape!

  • Jeanette

    What a great idea to have a machine make your bias tape!! I’ve used bias tape to finish off a pair of pants and a top, but would like to make a quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Lorraine

    I just started sewing again. I haven’t used bias tape for years! I don’t even remember what I used it for

  • Lee

    so..I’m a little ashamed to say… i didn’t know I was suppose to know about bias tape. I’m hoping to win some and learn!

  • Carla G

    I would love to make my own colorful / patterned bias tape easily instead of using boring store bought bias tape. I use bias tape on bags, clothing & am hoping to start quilting, so I’ll need lots for that. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! :)

  • Mary

    I’ve used bias tape only once, and it was a day-glo yellow prepackaged embarrassment. I’m making my first quilt, though, and I want to use chic bias tape to finish it. This would be wonderful!

  • Evan (the girl variety)

    I recently had an awesome garage sale find — TONS of beautifully packaged bias tape from the 1950′s. It’s got great vintage packaging, never opened, and some of it is faded in a really beautiful way. When my sewing leaves something to be desired neatness wise, its bias tape to the rescue! Wonderful give away, and your Design Sponge posts are a favorite of mine! Good luck with the book tour!

  • Jenna Maine

    I use bias tape for quilts. It’s one of my favorite parts of the quilting process. I love what the right binding can do for a design.

  • Isabel’s Daughter

    Wow, I have been lusting after one of these. Bias tape is so useful in so many ways, I can hardly count. Pleae add my name to the drawing.

  • jane jakins

    friday tour giveaway

  • Kell

    Mostly I use bias tape on sleeves and necklines. Bought bias tape doesn’t always coordinate with the fabrics I’m using and to make my own is time consuming so I would love this machine! Also I am about to start my first quilt, so it would be a handy addition to my sewing room :)

  • Sandra R

    What a great idea. Would love to win one of these so I could make some really pretty gifts. Christmas will be here before we know it! Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win. :)

  • Debbie M

    I would love to use it to make binding for quilts and quilt projects! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  • Pang

    the machine can turn leftover fabric into useful strips.it is a good way to reduce waste.

  • Pauline

    A bias tape maker – what a great idea. I have seen some tutorials for making your own bias tape, but they make my head implode a little even reading them, so I haven’t tried to make any yet.

  • nikki l

    i’m too afraid to make bias tape! i don’t want to waste fabric in messing up somehow. it’s keeping me back from making cute little bibs for all the new babies in my family (2 cousins, my brother and one of my friends have had babies/are all expecting!). so of course i would love something so easy to use!

  • Christine

    I know my mom would love to have a new sewing gadget – she’s never tried it before but she would definitely find a use for it! – Chrissy, cmbauerisuatgmaildotcom

  • Melanie

    Cool invention that I must have! I use binding for quilts, makeup bags, clothing, bibs, and I’m sure I would use it a lot more if I had that machine.

  • Viv

    I have only ever used bias tape to decorate a pillow (many many years ago) but my best buddy Lisa never stops singing it’s praises. Perhaps I would let’s her play with it.

  • ChristinaMarie

    I’ve never used it, but would love to try it for some home decor projects!

  • http://itsadream.blogspot.com ryan

    What can’t you do with bias tape??!! I work a lot with silk chiffons and organzas and it would be a perfect finishing tool for the seams and hems!.

  • Carmen

    I’ve never used bias tape before, but I want to get started making quilts, and would love to try this

  • http://sewingnovice.com April

    I have used bias tape for pot holders and towel bibs, but am still terrible at using it. I want to make my own but don’t want to go to the work of ironing all of it so this machine would be perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://about.me/emmalawson Emma

    I currently use bias tape to finish garments, but I’m sure I’d start using it in all sorts of creative ways if I had a bias tape maker!

  • Maggie

    I love to use bias tape because it puts flavor in your work. It’s like the “spice” in your piece. I love to make a quilt or a pillow and before I apply the bias it looks ok, then I match up just a small color in my main fabric and it wakes up the whole thing. I’m a bias lover, I’m not just alittle bias myself hee hee!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/richardsg Gaby

    What an awesome machine! I use bias tape when sewing clothes – for piping around necklines and armholes, binding off necklines and armholes, stabilising pocket openings, making bows to put on hairpins, embellishing bags with stripes or letters, and as a contrast/colourful hem on baby dresses. I love bias binding :) !

  • Maria

    Oh my God!!! I need this machine!!! I’m from Barcelona and I have never seen one of this before!!! I will use this fabulous machine for my quilting projects and a lot of others handcrafts!!!


  • cheryl

    I have never used bias tape before .. I am a new sewer and am trying to learn all I can .. this machine looks awesome for making bias tape!

  • Shanley

    Haven’t used it yet either, but since EVERYONE I KNOW is in the process of having babies, I’m thinking it would make pretty cute trim for all the bibs and receiving blankets I’ll be sewing!!



  • Amanda

    I have made a couple quilts/baby blankets, but I’ve been delving into clothes for my daughter- for trim and facing.

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