Tape edge machine

A tape edge machine is a type of sewing machine used in the bedding industry to finish the top and bottom edges of a mattress. The machine is used to stitch the top and bottom panels of a mattress to the mattress edge, and to cover that raw edge with a protective tape or ribbon.[1] Some tape-edge machines are fully automated, capable of turning corners and flipping the mattress without involvement from the operator.[2]

The protective tape attached by a tape-edge machine, also known as tape-edge or binding tape, can be either knit or woven, and can come in a variety of patterns and colors.[3]

Union Special, a sewing machine company founded in 1881, designed the first tape-edge machine and premiered it at the 1934 World's Fair in Chicago.[4]


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  3. Nelles, Barbara T. (8 November 2016). "How Affordable, Trendy Mattress Tapes and Ribbons Enliven Today's Beds". BedTimes. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. "Jumpsource, Union Special Partner to Design, Sell Mattress Sewing Equipment". BedTimes. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
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