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« Reply #530 on: February 26, 2008 06:30:25 AM »

I am making mine 15x15 mostly just because that is my biggest square ruler and I am too lazy to measure properly.  Instead of turning in hems, I just made some bias tape and machine bound them so they are a little over 15x15 finished.  I was fine with the size - but I usually use a paper towel torn in half so anything was an improvement  Cheesy
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« Reply #531 on: February 26, 2008 06:38:54 AM »

I am making mine 15x15 mostly just because that is my biggest square ruler and I am too lazy to measure properly.  Instead of turning in hems, I just made some bias tape and machine bound them so they are a little over 15x15 finished.  I was fine with the size - but I usually use a paper towel torn in half so anything was an improvement  Cheesy

Smiley  I really *hate* making bias tape.  Is there some secret to it that I don't know?  All that cutting and ironing....  I think when I get back from my trip this weekend, I might make a few more.  I really love them.  My husband and I always argue about them too -- he always wants the route 66 one, and I always want the sexy cowgirls.
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« Reply #532 on: February 26, 2008 06:45:12 AM »

I cheat on my bias tape if it isn't going around curves.  I just straight cut it off the end instead of cutting on the bias.  It doesn't make a difference if you are doing straight lines  Smiley  I also use a bias tape maker (I think I did 1" for these and folded it in half) - so much faster and you don't burn your fingers! 

I can't turn a hem straight so this works much better and faster for me!

I can post a pic if you want one  Smiley
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« Reply #533 on: February 26, 2008 06:56:14 AM »

I make straight bias tape too if I'm not going around a curve.  I've never used a bias tape maker, so maybe I'll have to try one.  It sounds much easier.
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« Reply #534 on: February 26, 2008 08:28:35 AM »

I can post a pic if you want one  Smiley

I think you should both post pics! I'd love to see your napkins. We use cloth napkins, but I've never made any. I've embroidered a lot of them though (mostly for other people). I would especially like to see how you are  both dealing with corners. Corners are always my problem, no matter what I am making  Tongue
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« Reply #535 on: February 26, 2008 08:32:40 AM »

Bias tape makers are a very handy tool!  It took me a little bit to get the hang of it, but once I did I was very impressed.   Grin
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« Reply #536 on: February 26, 2008 08:43:37 AM »

If you have a serger, you can do a 'rolled hem'* on the napkins, it gives the kind of finish that you see on some restaurant napkins. Put wooly nylon in one of the loopers (might be the upper) to 'fill' the hem.  I used this on some linen napkins a few years ago, and was skeptical at first, but it has held up real well to many, many washings.

* serged rolled hems are really not the same as sew rolled hems. The looper thread wraps around the edge of the fabric, which is only slightly rolled.
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« Reply #537 on: February 26, 2008 08:44:16 AM »

You can tell I'm totally a knitter... You are all speaking Greek.

What's bias tape? (Sorry, pretend I'm 3)
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« Reply #538 on: February 26, 2008 08:46:36 AM »


I think you should both post pics! I'd love to see your napkins. We use cloth napkins, but I've never made any. I've embroidered a lot of them though (mostly for other people). I would especially like to see how you are  both dealing with corners. Corners are always my problem, no matter what I am making  Tongue

Here are some of mine:
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I didn't use bias tape.  The way I did the corners was to fold over the edge by 1/2 an inch on one side twice and then stitch close to the open part of the fold -- this catches the raw edge on that side.  Then I fold over the edge on the opposite side and stitch.

Then I turn it and fold over the edge on one of the remaining raw sides -- this is perpendicular to the two finished edges.  When you fold this edge over twice and stitch it, it finishes two corners.  Then I do the last edge.  You have to pin these last two edges (or at least, I have to pin them) to make sure you catch the raw edge entirely in the corner and don't have a weird little bit poking out.

Edited to add:  Rereading what I wrote, I guess my finished size must be 15-1/2 inches, because each hem takes up an inch.  I know for sure I cut 17.5 inches, and I know for sure I used 1/2 inch hems (because I hate 1/4 inch hems), so I guess the finished size is smaller than I thought.
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« Reply #539 on: February 26, 2008 08:59:57 AM »

What's bias tape? (Sorry, pretend I'm 3)

I'm sure you've seen it -- bias tape is a long thin strip of fabric cut on the bias (which means across the fabric diagonally).  Cutting it crosswise makes it stretchy.  The fabric you create when you knit is stretchy in all directions, but woven fabric is only stretchy from corner to corner (unless it has elastic in it or something).

You cut it twice as wide as you need it, and then you fold both sides to the middle so that the edges are hidden inside.  It's used to finish a raw edge.

I just did a search on Craftster to find an example.  Check out the top apron in this post, made by daina:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=216272.0

The white around the edges is bias tape.
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