In this day and age there are many ways to finish the edge of a rug. Binding and serging machines, both portable and stationary, electric and battery, are available depending on the application. Will you just be sewing base all day long or are area rugs your bread and butter? Weighing the options is the best way to choose the right machine for your business. As an example, a table mount binder which is set up to sew 35’ per minute, will sew base all day for years, but it is not the best choice for binding area rugs. Portable machines work better in this case and can also be taken to the jobsite saving a trip back to the shop for binding, thus adding profit to the job. Portables can usually be dropped into a table and used with a foot pedal if preferred. Setting the machine up next to an air table, with the sewing surface even with the table height, makes for easy binding. However if you don’t want to tie up your space with a table, the portable because of its wheels, can sew right around the rug on the floor, leaving the floor open when you are done.
Serging machines also vary a great deal. How many stitches per inch, does the machine run with a tape under the yarn, does it sew both top and bottom? These are all factors that influence how good the serging looks. These machines can sew inside corners and interior spaces that regular binders won’t do.
Wide fabric borders and bindings are also very popular. The interior design market loves to tie a room together with fabric. There are many sizes of folders for wide binding tape which fit binding machines and there are machines specifically made to sew fabric borders. These options are in high demand, especially on heavy materials such as sisal, sea grass and coir.
Beveling the edge of the carpet before binding can not only make the finished product look better but it can make the job much easier. Something that is too thick to fit into the binding folder can be sewn easily once it is beveled. You will also eliminate the yarn that gets wrapped up in the stitches. There are both hand held and table mount options to accomplish the job.
Tip of the day:
When binding something with non-skid backing applied to it, the drag of the non-skid creates problems. It throws off the timing of the machine and can cause you to break needles, skip stitches, etc. The use of a dry Teflon spray on the machine where the carpet passes over it and also on the back of the rug, will temporarily reduce the drag and allow the machine to sew properly.