Convenience wins over the 15/16" width of tape produced
I, too, have noticed that I don't get a full 1" wide strip from this tool, which means I don't get a full 1/2" wide, double-fold bias strip for my projects, which would be my preference. The tool's opening is only 7/8"(22mm) wide and the resulting strip is 15/16" (22-23mm) wide. Right now I'm making pocketed tool organizers for chisels, punches, etc. made of clear and opaque vinyl and my homemade bias tape made from a light to mid-weight nylon utility fabric, thicker than ripstop, to use with the handy Swing-Away binder on my fabulous Ultrafeed LSZ-1. I bind the edges of the organizer pockets and the outside edges to help with wear and aesthetics. I've learned that as I pull the 1 7/8" wide strip of fabric (suggested width for 1" tool for this weight fabric) through the Clover tool I can iron the nylon utility fabric for a much longer time on the hottest setting than I thought I could, to get creases good enough for the Swing-Away binder tool. If I start with an 18" square of fabric cut into 2 triangles, and make continuous bias strip using the two triangles reconfigured and stitched together method, I can get over 4 yards of bias tape using this tool. Even if I cut 2" wide strips, I still only get a 15/16" wide tape. Yes, it's a shade narrower than I prefer, but I can live with the difference in return for the convenience and consistency of product the tool provides. (BTW, the tool in the picture should have a blue plastic insert to be the 1" wide tool. The black is the 2" wide tool.) Be sure to watch the Sailrite videos - Making Binding or Facing with the Tape Maker and Binder Attachments for the Sewing Machine - they are VERY informative and professionally filmed with excellent lighting and clear close-ups for details.
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