While I was coming up with all the information needed to build the web-site I checked in on other binding shops to see what they posted. In doing so , I found something I found intriguing. One of the sites posted that they too have serging machines that bind and serge simultaneously. They followed this information with saying that the simultaneous action of binding and serging means that the carpet wouldn't have to be power beveled. I have to say that this isn't true at all. If a carpet is thick and needs power beveling in order to bind, the same would hold true for serging. In the past we have had customers tell us "No, it doesn't need to be beveled." or complain about the small up-charge that they accrue because of power beveling. So, I recently ran a test. We had a thick plush carpet in house for binding. I decided to see what happens if you DON'T bevel the fibers, prior to binding. Guess what happened? The binding didn't catch to the backing of the carpet, rather the stitching was on the carpet fibers. If the work were not double checked, a binder may not pick up on this. The truth is that because of where the stitching was, I could pull the binding right off with no effort. If a carpet is thicker in nature, than it will need to be beveled in order to proper fabricate the piece, whether binding, serging, fringing or what-have-you. The simultaneous action of binding and serging (on certain serging models) does not change where the stitching occurs. This is why beveling, although an additional cost, is imperative in order to properly bind a piece.
|Thick shag carpet- beveled to serge. Notice the difference of fiber lay-out with beveling vs. without.|
|Serging machine: showing folder clearance, carpet has to fit into to fabricate.|
|Pile of carpet fibers swept up: this is about a half-day's worth!|
Below are some examples of the most recent job requiring hand-binding:
|Hand-binding; Interior Radius|
|Hand-binding: Interior Circle|
|Hand-binding: Interior Radius, horseshoe shaped.|
There you have it, beveling & hand-binding 101.
We will be quizzing you on Monday!
As always, we would like to say THANK YOU our customers who come in and see us. Without you, we wouldn't be here! Have a great weekend, everybody!