I'm working on a refashioning project at the moment and needed some slightly wider bias tape than my bias maker could make. Buggar I thought. I really didn't want to waste time trapsing into town on the off chance that the meagre haberdashery section of our local hardware store might have a bias tape maker in the size I need, if at all. I was on a roll. I needed that bias tape NOW!! Then, somewhere from the dark recesses of my mind I remembered this little trick.....
I had to fold and press the first inch by hand (mind your fingers on that iron!) Then the pin acts as a makeshift guide, pinned snug to the width of the bias you are making. Then you pinch the sides of the bias strip together centrally just before the pin, just to keep things even and steady; pressing as you pull it through the other side.
I cannot take credit for this little stroke of genius. I read it somewhere, on someone's blog (for the life of me I can't find it again now) about 2-3 years ago, and it's been sat unnoticed in my memory banks until just the moment when I needed it, when it popped up with a cheery little "here I am!". You gotta love how helpful the dark recesses of your mind can be!
Incidentally you can check out an easy way to make bias strips here; and if you think it was your blog/tutorial that provided me with this genius little trick, please do contact me so I can provide you with proper credit and a link :)