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.
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