Welcome to the second edition of Brian’s Blog!
In our first issue, I spoke about the reasons to offer a carpet binding service and the potential profit center it has shown itself to be. I talked about how it’s not an expense but rather an investment that repeatedly gives you an excellent return on investment.
In this issue, I would like to explain the binder options and styles of carpet edging that are available at Bond Products and the differences between them.
Binding Equipment & DIY Instabind
The patented Instabind DIY edge-finishing tapes require no initial equipment investment yet offers the most varied styles of edges.
- Regular binding in both synthetic and cotton
- Serge edge in both synthetic and cotton
- Rope edge
- Outdoor Marine edge
- Safety and Reflective edges
Portable binding machines are the least expensive way to start and offer the greatest versatility and value. You can transport them anywhere (they only weigh about thirty pounds) and are placed right on the floor. The machine rolls around the carpet perimeter so minimal handling and space is required.
Binding machines have folder options varying from ¾” up to 3” widths. In addition, serge tape and tapestry guides can be fitted on the binder turning them into virtual serging and tapestry blind stitch machines.
Table models or stationary machines are the greatest initial investment but offer the lowest application and service costs and best production rates. They require rollers or an air table to move the carpets vs. a portable machine that rolls around the perimeter. The same folder options are available on these types of machines as on the portables.
The basic binding tape options range from standard 13/16”, 7/8” 1-1/4”, 3” and 5” polyester and cotton; cotton serge tape in 7/8” and 1-1/4”; wide tapestry blind stitch comes up to 7’ or greater (depending on the model of machine being used).
So what product fits which application? Common sense rule of thumb standards are as follows:
- Nylon, polypropylene or polyester carpet, use synthetic binding.
- Cotton, sisal or wool carpet use cotton binding (natural fiber = natural fiber).
- Thick or heavy carpet (i.e., Berbers) use an 1-1/4 binding or pre-bevel edges.
- Sisal’s usually use three inch width cotton or greater.
- For the serge look use serging tapes.
- Orientals rugs (repairing authentic original edges) use real cotton serging.
- Hard backing edges should be softened prior to sewing using sewing softener.
Always feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your binding needs.