Tune your portable carpet binder

How To Time And Tune A Portable Carpet Binder

Watch Brian help a customer get his portable Bond carpet binding machine back into working condition by timing and tuning it.

Tips to Help Time and Tune Your Portable Carpet Binder

There are a number of adjustments that you can make to your carpet binder, along with cleaning it and replacing worn parts, that will make a noticeable difference in how it performs for you. Brian demonstrates all of these in the above video.

If you need replacement parts for your Bond carpet binder (Models PBB-1X or Model PBB-2X) or a new machine, Bond has them. Call us today at 1-888-800-BOND for all of your carpet binding supplies or for help from our expert repair service.

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threading the Bond PBB-1X or PBB-2X carpet binder

Threading the Bond PBB-1X and the PBB-2X

Threading the Bond PBB-1X and the PBB-2X

Brian demonstrates what’s involved in threading the the Bond PBB-1X or the PBB-2X Portable Bobbinless Double Puller 4X4  right out of the box.

Both of these portable carpet binders are backed by Bond Products’ 90-day limited warranty. If you have any questions about the PBB-1X or the PBB-2X, please give our customer service department a call at 1-888-800-BOND. We would be happy to help you with anything you need to get your Bond carpet machine up and running perfectly.

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tapestry binder Model-PBLTX offer a carpet binding service

Offer Carpet Binding Service to Your Customers

How to Add Profits to Your Bottom Line

Over the years, there is one common profit opportunity that carpet retailers and installers alike have used to add daily, weekly, and monthly profits to their bottom line. It’s a small investment requiring minimal training and skills – an investment that maintains its value upon resale and never fails to pay for itself over and over again. What is it, you may ask? Offering a carpet binding service!

There is no reason why you shouldn’t offer a binding service to your clients. With our DIY on-site Instabind carpet edge finishing tapes that have no initial equipment investment, to portable and table model industrial binders and sergers, binding services is something practically all of your clients need or will need.

Why Offer Carpet Binding Service?

Offering a binding service is an excellent idea because you can:

  • Bind up and help sell carpet remnants
  • Add sales dollars to the end of every installation job by binding up scraps for runners and mats
  • Offer immediate services to your clients so they don’t walk away from a sale
  • Finish and complete jobs the same day and on site without running back and forth, wasting time and money!
  • Offer commercial carpet cove base to hotels and office buildings 

We can all agree that we live in a service-oriented business environment, so offering a carpet binding service can add hundreds of dollars that will ultimately help make your annual sales increase substantially! Just as an example, if you are able to make $100.00 a day from binding carpet, that would amount to over $36,500.00 per year!

What we offer at Bond products is much more affordable than the competition. Our average costs are only pennies per foot.

Carpet Equipment Durability

We still service old carpet binders from the 1960’s that are in excellent operating condition and that have a trade-in value close to what they were purchased for over forty  years ago. There are no other tools that last as long as carpet binding equipment and continue to make you money year after year! It’s not an expense. It’s an investment in your company’s future!

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Bond Products 8th Annual Spring Open House

Bond Products would like to invite you to join us at our 8th Annual Spring Open House on April 18, 2024. This event offers Bond customers the opportunity to learn carpet binding skills from our staff of professionals.

Bond’s 8th Annual Spring Open House

spring open house

This event will be held at Bond Products location at 4511 Wayne Ave., Philadelphia from 8 AM until 3 PM. Tour our facilities and take advantage of our expertise. We will be offering free labor* on portable binder repairs. You pay for the parts, and we will get your portable binder up and running again. We will also be there to explain how to maintain and service your binder so that you won’t be stuck on a job with an inoperational one ever again.

There will be training all day on binding, serging, beveling, and fringing techniques, so if have an interest in learning or you’ve been waiting to bind or rebind a carpet you already have, come and see how it’s done. We will be showcasing all of our available options for carpet maintenance or restoration – and they are many!

In addition, Bond Products will be giving a 10% discount on all Bond equipment and supplies, and we will be doing trade evaluations on older equipment, if you are interested in trading up to a new binder with more capability.

Last, but certainly not least, there will be free food and beverages available. So bring your appetite as well as your interest and any equipment you need looked at to our state-of-the-art carpet workroom on April 18. For both DIYers and carpet professionals, this is a day that will be well worth your time.

Appointments are required to attend, so call us at 888-800-BOND 📞 and make your appointment today!

Where are we located?


Bond Products, Inc.
4511 Wayne Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
1-888-800-BOND (2663)

*Note: Free labor is limited to portable binders only, with a limit of two per customer. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please call ahead and make an appointment. 888-800-2663




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How to connect carpet seams

How to Connect Carpet Seams

While it would be great to install one piece of carpet in a room, avoiding any seaming, in most cases, this is not possible. Fortunately, correctly seaming carpet using carpet seam tape can produce the same seamless effect. Here’s how you go about achieving it.

Unroll the carpet in the room you will install it. Measure the width of the piece that you will need to add to the main piece in order to fully carpet the room. It’s important to measure in more than one place along the length of the room. Some buildings aren’t really square, and you know the saying, “Measure twice, cut once.” It doesn’t just apply to wood.

With a carpet cutter or utility knife, trim the edge of your carpet against a straight edge, carefully measuring as you cut. If you do not do this correctly, your finished seam may show. When cut right, your carpet pieces will both have a straight, smooth edge on them, and they will fit together perfectly. Make sure the nap of the carpet on both pieces is going in the same direction, and then you can insert the seam tape.

carpet seamsCut the carpet seam tape to the length of the cut seam and place it centered under the two cut edges with the adhesive facing up. The seam tape is marked to make this easier.

Prior to heat seaming, using a seam sealing latex. As the CRI Carpet Installation Standard states, “most carpet requires an edge protective material be introduced between the edges to be joined…Failure to properly prepare seam edges often results in: edge ravel, edge delamination, tuft loss, seam separation, safety concerns.”

After you have sealed the seam, pull back the carpet and put your pre-heated seaming iron down on the tape. When the glue on the tape has warmed and is starting to bead, press the two sections of the carpet back down on that section of the tape, slowly moving the seaming iron forward to heat the next section. Make sure the backing of the two pieces of carpet you are connecting are exactly together, tightly.

Use a carpet tractor or a weighted object to push the melted glue into the grid backing of the carpet so it will fully adhere to the tape. Repeat these steps along the entire length of the carpet until it is fully seamed. Allow the glue on the tape to fully cool before you move the carpet into position for its final installation. Smooth the surface of the seamed pieces with your hands and trim off any stray pieces of string or carpet fibers. Unplug your seaming iron and clean it with a piece of scrap carpeting.

Following these instructions should result in a nice uniform looking piece of carpet. Connecting carpet seams in the direction of the primary light source of the room will also help hide the seam visually.

Bond Products offers everything a DIY weekend project warrior or a professional installer will need for seaming and carpet installation. If you need staples, staple guns, mallets, mallet caps, L-cleats, or finish nails for your flooring project, shop our Pro Drive HD™ line of supplies. Let us help you find and purchase the right items for your job!


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A History of the Milnes Family in the Carpet Trade

George, Freedy, Wesley, Violet, John, and Kenneth Milnes
George, Freedy, Wesley, Violet, John, and Kenneth Milnes

The Milnes family and carpet have a long, interconnected history. It’s not just a phrase to say we go “way back.” A Milnes family Bible was presented to John Milnes over 130 years ago as a wedding gift. It still remains in the family’s possession as of 2023, and contains birth and death records. What we know about their involvement in the history of carpeting in England and America is as follows:

In 1856 George and Freedy Milnes came to this country from Bradford, England. This village is located in Yorkshire which is in the northern part of the country near Scotland. They raise sheep in those colder climes, and Bradford was known as a woolen town, meaning that it was an area that manufactured woolen yarn and fabric products. So it was natural for the family to continue in the textile trade in their new country.

George and Freedy’s son John started the family business in 1910. It was then known as National Tapestry Company and produced woven high-­end upholstery fabrics with intricate designs on jacquard looms. During the lean years that followed, including the Great Depression, the company diversified and began making narrow tapes used in the garment industry, in particular for military uniforms. John’s son, Wesley Milnes, Sr., was born in 1889, and he continued the mill very successfully along with his brother-­in-­law, Ralph Shaw. Wesley and his wife, Minnie Bond Milnes, had 10 children, and the fifth child, Kenneth Bond Milnes, started the present Bond Products, Inc. in 1947 as a proprietorship, then incorporated in 1953.

Bond Narrow Fabric Co. began as a distributor of “narrow fabrics.” This is defined as fabrics less than 6″ wide: woven, knitted, braided, non-woven or other construction. Kenneth’s brothers, Wesley, Jr. and Arthur Milnes, were active in Bond Products during the 1950s, When Arthur’s son, Richard Milnes, began working in the family business as a shipping clerk at 17 in 1960, the company sold a small amount of cotton carpet binding tape, mostly 1-1/4″ and 1-1/2″ width. This was made at a local mill in Philadelphia.

In 1963 Bond introduced the first “one-pass” narrow binding tape in 13/16″ width. This binding was applied by a zigzag stitch sewing machine using clear monofilament thread on the top side, and a conventional filament bobbin thread. The machine was introduced that year by a company named Broadloom Speedbinder, Inc. A few years later they introduced a portable version of this machine. By the late 1960s, Bond was the leading producer of this new style of carpet binding tape.

In 1966 Bond was the second company to manufacture hot-melt carpet seaming tape. This was a major item in our product line for a long number of years, and continues to sell today.

Milnes family Bond Products
Top left to right: Wesley Milnes, Kenneth Bond Milnes (our founder), Scott Heilman, David Schaible Bottom left to right: Belton Dunlop, Betty Ewing, Pamela Andrews, Richard Milnes

Bond Products was acquired in 1974 by the family business, National Tapestry, which was known by that time as Wayne Mills Co. In 1980 we added a non-woven synthetic binding tape that became very popular. In 1987 we opened our sewing equipment division and entered the machine market. Our line of machines has evolved to include carving and cutting equipment and a wide variety of specialty products used in the creation and installation of carpet and rugs.

When Richard Milnes retired from full­-time employment in 2002, it was sold to his son, Brian Milnes, the present owner, who was already working for the family business at that time. So the family that brought their textile background here in 1856 continues to progress in this very competitive industry and now specializes in products for the floor covering trade.

Over 76 years and under four generations of Milnes guidance, Bond Products continues to offer innovative products and accessories to the floor covering trade, remaining in tune to the needs of our loyal customers and the carpet business as a whole.



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How to Keep Your Beautiful Rugs Safe and Slip Free

We’ve mentioned before that our motto at Bond Products is “Every hard floor needs a nice area rug,” but it’s important to make sure that the rug you choose to finish decorating your space is also safe to walk and stand on. Your handmade antique rug may have different care requirements than the rug you hooked yourself; they both need to stay firmly in place, however. Not only does a rug that moves around pose a safety concern, it also looks untidy. If you’ve spent time creating just the right look for a room, you don’t want a poor rug backing solution to undo all of that work. Bond Products offers three different types of rug products design to solve different kinds of rug and flooring problems.

The first type of rug backing is designed to protect the floor from the rug. If you’ve either put in a new floor or rehabbed your original one, you’ve already made an investment in beauty, so you want to make sure that your wood floors are not scratched by an abrasive rug. Our gray felt backings will accomplish this at a low cost. We also have MOVENOT felt/rubber backings that can be used either way based on the need. Using the rubber backing will keep your rugs from slipping out of position or out from underneath you.

The second type of rug product we offer is a non-slip rug pad or gripper. We have three options for these, and their purpose is the same: to hold a rug to the floor. The rug pads can be purchased to match the dimensions of your rug and cut down to size as necessary. They also provide some cushioning underneath to make standing or walking on your rug more comfortable.

The third type of rug product we offer is RugLock. This is a spray-on backing that is waterproof and spill proof. It adheres to any type of rug and will grip hardwood, tile, carpet, and vinyl equally firmly. It’s simple to apply and requires no cutting. You won’t have to worry about it showing underneath your carpet either. This is the simplest, most invisible solution Bond Products offers to eliminate rug slippage.

The above rug backing products were designed with different purposes in mind – which is why we offer a full variety of choices to keep your rugs slip free. If you have an expensive floor and an inexpensive rug, you will want a different type of solution than if it’s the rug that is the collector’s item. It’s always a good idea to focus on safety, however. A bad slip is not only painful, it can result in damage to the rug or the floor or even expensive medical bills.

If you have questions about which rug solution would best address your safety and aesthetic concerns, please call us today at Bond Products. We’d be happy to advise you on what would be best for your needs.


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Aubusson carpet

What Is an Aubusson Carpet?

There are many different types of beautiful carpets. We’ve talked previously about practical carpets, craft carpets, antique rugs, and we’ve touched on what makes those rugs different from each other both in use and value. Throughout the years carpet artisans have perfected ways to make art from fibers, and one example of this is the Aubusson carpet. What is an Aubusson carpet, and why is it such a treasure?

In addition to carpet buffs, readers of history, design, and novels or biographies about wealthy people will perhaps have heard of Aubusson carpets because this was the floor covering of the French nobility and, later, the very rich. France had a rigid social hierarchy prior to the French Revolution, and class was designated by specific rights and privileges. In 1627 the Hospice de la Savonnerie was established by royal order to create knotted pile carpets for the Kings and Queens of France to use in their many residences and also to give as diplomatic gifts.

Obviously a carpet that can only be made for a king will be highly valued and very coveted, the French nobility wanted carpets of similar quality to be available to them, so workshops were later established in the villages of Aubusson and Felletin to accomplish this. Aubusson was already famous for its pictorial tapestries, often of landscapes and hunting scenes, which were woven to be hung on walls in elite French residences as art.

Legends say that the area’s history of fiber crafting there dates back to the Saracens who remained in the area after Charles Martel’s victory at the Battle of Tours forced most of them from France. Later many Huguenot weavers of skill, fleeing religious persecution, settled there. They left after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes which reversed the trend of religious tolerance in France and forced them into exile. The carpet trade waxed and waned in France, directly affected by who was in power and how they felt about certain groups of people.

So many of the Aubusson carpets were made in the pileless tapestry technique that this is what an Aubusson carpet came to be known as, but many piled rugs were also made. Early carpets often resembled Oriental rugs, but over time the weavers began to use more floral and architectural patterns as the weavers of Savonnerie carpets were doing.

Today weavers in India, Pakistan, and China copy this European style of rug making which includes those same floral and architectural motifs. They reflect the period of time from which they emerged, the Renaissance, and, unlike many hand-woven carpets, are uniquely French. If you have an Aubusson carpet in your home, it is both a piece of history and a piece of art, so do take good care of it.


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What Is the Difference between a Hand-tufted Rug and a Handmade One?

Do you know what makes a valuable rug valuable? Cost is often determined by how desired or sought after an object is, but part of the intrinsic value of a good rug is in how it is made. All rugs are not the same. At one end of the spectrum are basic rugs made to fulfill the basic function of covering up a part of the floor, and at the other are literal works of fiber art, crafted by professionals with years of expertise and from the best materials. So what exactly are the different grades of rugs?

The least valuable type of rug is machine made. Everything on this type of rug is made by machine, there are no individual modifications or touches, and it’s made in multiple quantities, often very large quantities. Machine-made rugs can be made from a number of materials, from synthetic to natural. This does not mean that a machine-made rug can’t be an attractive addition to your home. It simply means that it’s less valuable than other types.

Hand-tufted rugs are more valuable than machine-made rugs because they use the same kinds of high-quality fibers that weavers use for hand-knotted rugs, but they are much quicker to produce. Essentially the weaver prepares a rug backing with a design, and then injects tufts of wool or cotton yarn into it with a tufting gun. Once all of the yarn has been injected, another foundation, called a scrim, is applied with latex glue so that the fibers remain in place. After this the carpet loops are sheared to present a flat and dense appearance that is comfortable to walk on.

Hand-tufted rugs can be beautiful rugs and will last for a decade or more under foot traffic, but they are not individually crafted by one person over time with an eye toward color, texture, or weave. That is what hand-knotted rugs are.

Hand-knotted rugs are rugs in which one weaver individually tied all of the knots – between 50 to 400 knots per square inch – onto warp strings and then cut them to create a one-of-a-kind rug. They can take up to a year to make, but these rugs can last for generations. People who invest in hand-knotted rugs know the quality of the rug they are purchasing, and they are usually eager to respect it.

You can see that if a rug is painstakingly made with this much care and expertise, it is a treasure that should be protected and maintained. This means making sure that it is professionally cleaned on a regular basis and repaired when necessary, including being rebound. If you have questions about how to take care or repair a rug in your home, Bond Products would be happy to help you with that challenge.

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Giving an Antique Rug a New Life

Today we’re going to talk about giving antique (or maybe just older) rugs a second chance at performing the task they were made to do: softening a floor, warming a room, and looking beautiful.

You probably know someone who has the “touch.” He or she can walk into a treasure zone, whether that’s a garage sale, a rummage sale, a flea market, antique shop, or an estate sale, and find something of real value amongst all the clutter. That something will invariably go on to look amazing in whatever setting they put it, even if it requires a little tender loving care first.

Sometimes that’s a rug. Many older rugs were made to be used by generations of people. They were crafted with skill out of quality materials, and they’ve survived a long time. While it’s true that plenty of antique rugs can be found for sale, it’s very possible that you may have an antique rug in your family waiting for you to inherit or be gifted it. Or perhaps you have something of your grandmother’s up in your attic right now waiting to be used again. If that is the case, there are only a few steps to take to get an antique rug in good shape to be used again.

Have it professionally cleaned – It’s unlikely, if you’re getting a rug that’s been used, that you will know exactly what kind of life it has lead, whether that means dirt, stains, pet urine, cigarette smoke, or worked in grime. All of those things can do further damage to a rug if they are left unattended. You may be tempted to clean it yourself to save money, but respect the delicate nature of these crafted pieces and allow a professional to take care of it. They will make sure it’s clean, fully dry, and no longer contains unpleasant odors.

Have it professionally repaired – It’s very possible that your antique rug has places that have worn or torn over the years. This doesn’t mean that the rug should be thrown out, however! A certain amount of wear can lead charm or historical authenticity to a rug as it does to any other antique. If you intend to use it practically, though, you should have loose yarns and frayed patches repaired or replaced.

Replace the binding – Often a new binding makes a real difference in the appearance of an older rug. Bond Products offers many different types of bindings for rugs made of both natural and synthetic fibers. This can either be done at home or by a rug professional once the carpet has been restored.

Once your rug is clean and repaired, it will be easier to determine where it will best fit in your home and how it can be showcased to good effect.  If you have any questions about carpet binding products, don’t hesitate to contact us at Bond Products today.


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Good Reasons for Carpet Binding

Previously we’ve discussed carpet binding in terms of a weekend DIY project. There are any number of blogs focusing on the crafty and the thrifty that give tutorials with pictures for someone looking to learn how to bind a carpet or make an area rug from a remnant or a larger piece of carpet. But people bind carpets for all kinds of reasons besides learning a new craft or saving money. Here are some examples of carpet problems, challenges, or opportunities that require binding or serging to complete:

Carpets with damage – Perhaps you have a piece of beautiful wall-to-wall carpet that you love but that has, unfortunately, become damaged in a way that can’t be easily repaired. Making that piece into one or more area rugs is a way to avoid sending something lovely to the landfill while keeping it in a different form for your house or business. Damaged area rugs can also be fixed by removing the stained and worn parts and rebinding as well. An accident does not have to be a tragedy.

Redecorating – Back in the mid-20th century, the trend was to throw out area rugs and introduce wall-to-wall carpeting. This was made possible by new chemistry, cleaning products, and push vacuums. For the past couple of decades, the grandchildren of those people who tossed out area rugs have been prying up carpet and praying that what is underneath it is hardwood. As with anything trendy, everything old is new again. If you’re ready to retro your house to hardwood, remember our motto: “Every hard floor needs a nice area rug.”

Unique carpet options – While there are quite a lot of excellent pre-made carpeting and area rug choices for consumers to make, if you are interested in a unique or one-of-a-kind flooring, the “quilted” area rug is something to consider. This involves choosing carpeting remnants or samples and sewing them together to make a piece of flooring art. Like quilt making it can be time intensive and require the right tools, but your finished product will be something everyone will notice and comment on.

Gorgeous rug, bad binding – Sometimes bad things happen to good carpets and rugs. If you find a high quality rug at a flea market or antique shop but hate the way it’s bound or want a new look for it, Bond Products can help. People frequently underestimate the effect a professional binding can make on a rug.

There are so many ways that carpets and rugs can be tailored to meet the needs of individual taste or space. If you have a carpet idea or problem, give Bond Products a call. We’d love to help you find your solution.

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What Is the Difference between Binding a Carpet and Serging it?

Modern carpet is different from historical handmade carpets which were hooked, braided, or woven on small looms. Because of the way carpet is manufactured, purchased, and cut, it needs to be bound in some way – both to keep it from coming apart at the edges and to make it look nice. This is where binding and serging play a role.

Where traditional carpets were and are a form of fabric craft and could be rolled tightly and moved, modern mass-produced carpet is made to stay put and look smooth and uniform. The backing on carpeting you buy by the foot is tough. In addition to the face yarn – the part you see and walk on – the reverse side of the carpet has a primary backing and then, potentially, a high performance pre-coating, a thermoplastic compound, fiberglass reinforcement, and another layer of thermoplastic compound. At the very least there’s a latex layer and a secondary backing. It’s supposed to help the carpet to lay there and lay flat until you don’t want it there any more and rip it up, and replace it.
The problem is that with carpeting being so stiff, binding it isn’t as easy as whip stitching the edge. You may be able to push a standard needle through the backing with pressure and patience, but you’re not going to be able to bind it by hand. This is why Bond Products offers a number of binding and serging solutions.

For the weekend DIYer, there’s Instabind. With a scissors, a hot glue gun, tape, and binding tape, you can glue on a professional looking binding for whatever smaller carpeting projects you want to tackle.

For carpet professionals we carry binding and serging equipment and all the supplies needed for these jobs, whether that isbinding tapes, serging yarn, thread, bobbins, or needles. But we still haven’t answered the original question: What is the difference between binding a carpet and serging it?

Professionally binding a carpet involves taking a fabric binding, folding it over the edge of the carpet and then sewing it to the carpet with a binding machine that looks similar to a traditional sewing machine. The width of the binding is usually 3/4 to 1-1/4 of an inch and generally the color of the binding is matched to the most noticeable color in the carpet itself.

Professionally serging a carpet involves continuously wrapping the edge of the carpet with yarn. This is similar to a traditional whip stitch except that the yarn on the edge is very close together and it’s done by machine. The width of the serging is traditionally ⅜ths of an inch, and the yarn is chosen to match the carpet as well.

Another option is the style and type. Bond now makes an 1-1/4 inch 100% cotton serging tape that is applied with a “binding machine.” It’s important to consider whether the piece of carpet you’re working with is synthetic or natural fiber. The general rule of thumb is to use natural fiber, usually cotton or wool, when the rug is natural and synthetic binding and serging, usually nylon or polyester, when the rug is synthetic.

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Why Choose Artificial Turf over Grass?

Bond Products sells numerous products related to carpet installation so that both professionals and DIYers can easily install carpet that looks seamless.

artificial lawnSeamless carpet is not only desirable indoors, it’s also the goal of artificial turf installers, and we have a number of products at Bond that are designed to help them do their job, including turf tape, combination shearer/bevelors, and even a Bondbilt Turf Master seam sewing machine for very large projects or professionals who do this job on a regular basis.

Artificial grass has indoor and outdoor applications, of course, but it’s the outdoor ones that are beginning to get a lot of notice in the news due to the problems caused by the persistent California drought. Up until this point homeowners who wanted beautiful green lawns had to either spend large amounts of money on irrigating and then lawn maintenance or go artificial. Now, however, lawmakers are stepping in, and in many municipalities even homeowners who have the money to irrigate will not be allowed to because of the lack of resources. Suddenly there’s a big demand for artificial turf.

For those of us living in less arid parts of the country, are there still reasons to consider artificial grass over the real stuff? Well, yes. The cost, for one.

It’s not cheap to install an artificial turf lawn, but it is considerably less expensive over time than meticulously maintaining a living one in areas where fuel and water are expensive or scarce. Lawns are a rich man’s luxury, historically speaking. Most people either had gardens or pasture – which could be used to grow crops or raise animals, respectively. Only kings and other very wealthy people could afford to pay for the labor required to keep a lawn in perfect condition. The twentieth century, with its labor saving devices, chemical fertilizers, and cheap fuel allowed regular people to have a rectangle of green to fuss over on weekends, and it was quickly integrated into the American Dream.

But it’s now the twenty-first century, and water is scarcer, gasoline is much more expensive, chemical fertilizers have drawbacks for the environment, and few people view cutting the grass as relaxing.

With this in mind, putting in a piece of turf that will always be green and even, doesn’t have to be cut, fertilized, or watered, and will last for years into the future seems a much more appealing choice and a good financial investment.

This is why Bond Products offers its turf tape, shearers, and seaming systems for turf installs: to allow consumers to have the choice of either a real or an artificial lawn and to put it in themselves if they would like to save money. If you’re interested in this sort of product, call us and let us get you the supplies you need so your can begin your lawn project today.



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Automotive Uses for Bond Products

There are so many automotive uses for our Instabind product – we at Bond know that. It’s particularly rewarding to see the wonderful results our customers get from it as well. We recently received these photos of the interior of a limousine, showing how Instabind can be used to bind carpet on site anywhere – to great effect.

These photographs came to us rather circuitously from the United Kingdom where our Instabind is known as Easy Bind. A company called Border Limousine Hire, located in the Scottish Borders, hired Hutchison’s Carpets to carpet the interior of one of their limos.


automotive uses



NICF master fitter Hugh Hutchison did the work, and it was photographed by Stevie Blake. To match the grey carpet, he used our Easybind Grey Dunn product in rope edge style.




These photos vividly illustrate the versatility of our Instabind/Easybind products, whether for crafts, car interiors, or the traditional carpet binding use, Instabind gets the job done beautifully.




Thank you, Hutchison’s Carpets, for trusting in and using Easy Bind for your work!

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What Are Narrow Fabrics?

Bond Narrow Fabric Co. began as a distributor of “narrow fabrics” after the Milnes family had diversified from weaving carpets into producing narrow tapes for the military. Those outside the textile industry might wonder what exactly the term “narrow fabrics” includes. Here is a short explanation of the type of fabric we have made our life’s work.

pack webbingBy definition, narrow fabrics are “any non-elastic woven textile having a width of 12 inches or less and a woven selvage on either side.” They are small strips of fabric, often designed for a specific and practical purpose. Cords, braids, and lanyards are commonly used items that are also narrow fabrics. They are woven on special looms, including the recently developed quad axial loom which allows for for the insertion of yarn from four directions and makes both a thinner and stronger product than the traditional layered strips joined with Z fibers were.

Narrow fabrics were initially used in the garment industry on hats, corsets, and lingerie, and in military uniforms as well. Nowadays soldiers will also find narrow fabrics in their pack webbing and parachutes as well as their waist belts, helmets, and body armor.

If you pay attention to the everyday objects in your life, you will see lots of narrow fabrics, from the seat belts in your car, to the leash you walk your dog on, to the tough fabric edging on your mattress.

Recently, as technology has advanced, narrow fabrics have been used to make 3D medical devices such as the woven bifurcate that is used to treat aortic abdominal aneurysms. The strong fabric device is threaded into place to support the artery and reduce the aneurysm. Eventually, as the patient heals, this device will become a part of the artery itself.

During a procedure used to replace damaged heart valves, a narrow fabric medical device is used to fish out any surgical debris after the new valves are in place. The future promises more such medical technology. Other commonly known narrow fabrics used in the healthcare industry include rigid gauze, bandages, and fiberglass bands.

And, of course, narrow fabrics are used to join carpet seams during installation, whether inside the house or on the football field. Our Instabind products, which are used to bind carpet pieces, are all aesthetically pleasing examples of narrow fabrics.

We at Bond Products are proud of the part we have played and continue to play in the U.S. textile industry. Narrow fabrics can be found almost anywhere and have a myriad of uses from everyday to high tech. So the next time you take your dog for a walk or admire the carpet in your living room, remember narrow fabrics!


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