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Diy carpet binding

Carpets are bound to prevent the edges from unravelling or coming apart from the normal wear and tear of walking on them. Before Instabind, a new product on the market, carpets would be sent out to be bound or serged--a costly process. The professional would bind the raw edges of the carpet by using a specially designed machine which would tightly wrap the edges of the carpet with thread.

Instabind

There is a product on the market that allows you to bind your carpets and carpet remnants at a low cost, in a short amount of time and with a minimum amount of work. Instabind comes in 22 colours and three styles of binding--regular binding, serge binding and rope binding.

The binding is done in six steps with the aid of a hot glue gun.

Getting Started

Prepare the carpet edges by removing any loose threads and making sure that the edge is cut evenly. Cut a length of Instabind to fit the edge of the carpet. You will need to peel back a portion of the paper tape off of the Instabind which will expose the sticky surface of the Instabind. Apply the Instabind to the edge of the carpet, making sure that it is aligned with the carpet edge.

Finishing Up

Continue peeling the paper, pressing it and aligning it with the carpet as you apply it to the edge of the carpet. Separate the cord/binding edge from the carpet and with your glue gun apply the hot glue to the carpet. Then apply pressure evenly until the carpet is glued to the binding.

Instabind's website has a video tutorial that you can view. This video will help you to decide if this is something you want to attempt and it is also a great instructional tool.

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About the Author

Paula M. Ezop’s inspirational column "Following the Spiritual Soul" appeared in "Oconee Today," a Scripps Howard publication. She has published her first book, "SPIRITUALITY for Mommies," and her children's chapter book, "The Adventures of Penelope Star," will be published by Wiggles Press. Ezop has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University and has been writing for 10 years.