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Thread: bias binding question

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    I will need to make my own bias binding to go around some curves and have a question. Someone at my LQS recommended cutting the strips at 60 degrees, rather than 45 degrees to save fabric. She said it would work just as well. Has anyone tried that? Any pros/cons?

    Thanks!

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    not much help here, only done them on the 45.
    I wonder why 60?
    Someone here will know!!!

    simple quilter

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    She told me that by using 60 degrees, it takes less fabric, but still has "give" to it.

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    On the bias is on the bias. People tend to get too caught up in rules. Remember the one about how the gal always put a dish of water in the oven with her pie but didn't really know why other than she did it because her Grandma did that? The reason was, Grandma's oven rack was off balance.

    So, fabric is either cut "on grain" or "off grain". Yes, the 60% thing is fine, it is STILL cut "on the bias". I do that all the time when I need bias cut fabric.

    Further, there are only two distinctions in fabric, on grain or off grain. Doesn't matter whether you cut it LOF or WOF.

    Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2K
    On the bias is on the bias. People tend to get too caught up in rules. Remember the one about how the gal always put a dish of water in the oven with her pie but didn't really know why other than she did it because her Grandma did that? The reason was, Grandma's oven rack was off balance.
    LOL
    We have a similar story here, a woman who would always cut the very end off her roast before putting it in the oven. Mother always did it, but didn't know why either. Asked grandma, and she replied "cause the roast was too big to fit in my roasting pan". ;-)

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    LMAO

    That's so funny!!

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    How about the one where there was a guard posted on a particular room, where was that, Germany, England. After 30 years of having a guard on that room 24/7, someone got curious. Found out it was because the room had been painted and they didn't want anyone going in while the paint was still wet!

    I'm a rule breaker. I don't follow rules just because. Somebody has to give me a great reason, or I'm doing it my own way! :mrgreen:

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    Have you heard or tried the continuous bias cutting. This certainly will save fabric and is very easy to do. If you are interested, I can give you directions. Peggy

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    The version I heard - the woman cut off the ends of her potatoes to stand them up when she baked them - the reason was to save room on the baking pan.

    For kicks - try folding the fabric on the two different angles and see which way it stretches more. Depending on what you are trying to do, it might make a difference.

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    doesn't the degree of give have to be based on the sharpness of the curve?

    if the curve is REALLY curved, i think you would need that 45 degrees. if it's a gentle curve, maybe a 60 would do.

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