The big man got me one of these for Christmas and I finally got to take it out and play with it.
It is a machine that basically folds and irons your bias tape for you. The compact machine comes with a 1" single fold bias tape tip, however there are many other sizes available for purchase. I also have the 1 1/8" tip as well. To make this size you will need 2 1/4" strips for bias tape. Using the method I showed in the bias tape tutorial make yourself a nice pile - o - bias.
(notice I got the fancy bias tape ruler?? REMEMBER for the larger tip the strips need to be 2 1/4" wide NOT 2 1/2")
Then following the directions for the bias tape machine I ran it through the machine. This machine only makes single fold tape. I always use double fold so I opened up the single fold tape and folded the raw edges to the fold line. Then ran the tape through the machine sans bias tip.
Do I like the machine...
Yes and No.
It would be totally rockin' if they came out with a double fold tip because it is hard to keep the raw edges folded in and even while it is running through the machine. It is pretty fast though, if your doing single fold. That alone will keep me working on getting more proficient with it. Nothing will motivate you more than burning the crapples out of your fingertips with the other method--even though it is perfectly folded that way.