However, I thought I'd share with you my favourite method for making bias. I've tried the bias maker, but I get nasty little creases. 800" is too long for using "Bias Bars" even though I have both the plastic and the metal variety. My method is quite basic, no fancy tools required.
First cut off the selvedge.
Then fold a large square piece of fabric on the diagonal so it resembles a triangle. Place the horizontal line of your ruler against the long edge of the triangle and make your first cut from the base of the triangle through to the tip.
Remove the cut left hand side of the fabric to use later.
Now place your ruler against the left hand edge of the right side of the triangle and cut a 3/4" strip, the length of the fold. Sorry, southpaws, these instructions are for righties, but I imagine you are used to turning instructions upside down to accommodate your left handedness.
Cut as many 3/4" wide strips as required.
To join them, first check that they will fit together. If they don't look like the photo below, try the other end. They should match correctly.
Now place the two strips together right sides facing
If you look closely you can see that the two strips are offset by 1/4" . Pin in place and stitch a 1/4" seam. Press the seam open.
Cut the little bunny ears off.
Here you get to see my dirty ironing board cover. It's actually quite new but I use a hot iron and the cover gets that scorched colour quickly. Honest.
Use an iron to press a 1/4" fold on the bottom edge of the bias. Eyeball it. As quilters, we use 1/4" so frequently, it's not hard. Press about 20" at a time before turning your attention to the top half of the bias.
Before pressing use a spray starch. Don't be dismayed if the bottom bit you just pressed pops open. It will press down easily the next time the iron comes into contact with it.
Now fold the top edge down and press.
Finally roll the bias up 20" at a time. It is a handy way to store the bias and if you roll it up firmly it keeps its memory and stays just like you pressed it indefinitely.
Secure the roll of bias with a pin.
I use this technique because it works for me. I know there are other techniques and if you are comfortable with them there is no reason to try this. But if, like me, you found other methods unsatisfactory, give this one a try.
Now all that I need is another royal wedding to entertain me while I stitch my bias on.