So here's my first review of an item that was in my tools drawer that I had not used and didn't know how to use!
Piping Hot Binding - Accent binding with piping by Susan K Cleveland.
It's more like a kit, you get this book, a piping ruler and some cording.
It was stumbling across this book while I was working on Leap Year that gave me the idea to frame my blocks which enabled me to use more fabric and make my project bigger! Isn't life funny sometimes?
So the first thing you do is sew the cording inside the piping strip.
Then using this ruler, you run the covered cording down that canal in the ruler to trim it.
You can trim strips 1/2" or 1/4" inches wide.
This is my test block, I used the strip with piping on the right side and just a folded and pressed flange on the left side.
I didn't see much difference in looks, not enough to go to the trouble of making the piping.
In the book Susan says, " the Groovin' Piping Trimming Tool is used to trim piping seam allowances to a consistent width. When piping is sewn, it is impossible to maintain a consistent seam allowance. Trimming seam allowances using a traditional acrylic ruler is a time consuming chore but the Groovin' Piping Trimming Tool makes this task quick and accurate"
I agree with this assessment, if you want to go to the trouble to make piping, this ruler works great. I'm just not sure how often I'll make piping.
The book itself is great, it provides wonderful step by step directions for binding, piping and making a backing. I'm keeping this little piping/binding kit, back in the drawer it goes. If I ever decide to make piping, I'll want that ruler to trim it!
I'm giving this book and ruler a rating of 3 cupcakes out of 5!