I just have to say that I love the little machine that I got for making single and double-fold bias tape. It's made by Simplicity, and it will make 12 feet of bias tape in 60 seconds! The double-fold version is great for quilt bindings! I can cut my fabric 2 1/2 inches wide, OR 2 1/4 inches wide, and then have the machine do the folding and the pressing for me. Gotta love that!
I also bought "The Winder". Being electric, it only take seconds to roll all of your bias tape onto a spindle. Then, you move the spindle over to the Bias Tape Maker machine, turn it on, and ***POOF*** --- you're done. Wow!
You can make your folded bias tape by feeding the fabric directly from The Winder spindle through the Tape Maker — or, and I just love this! — you can place The Winder on the other side of the Tape Maker and roll your new bias tape as onto a spindle as you are making it! That’s great if you are making a lot, and don’t want it to pool on the floor.
I made stems for appliqué flowers last night. I used the 3/8 inch bias tape tip (there are various sizes available for the machine as accessories) and they are perfect! It was a lot faster (and more fun!) than the old-fashioned way!
I just love new tools, especially when I can meet BOTH requirements -- fun, and time-saving!