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Thread: Bias Binding... Why?

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    If possible, I like to cut my straight of grain binding along the up and down 9selvage?) edge. This is the least stretchy straight of grain.

    I would think it is how much fabric you have to cut thebinding from too. OR plan before hand and cut lenghtwise off the fabric before you cut any others pieces?


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    Super Member Jackie R's Avatar
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    Bias binding is more durable than straight cut binding. That's what I've read in my quilting books. So if it's something that won't get a lot of wear, like a wall hanging or table topper, it's ok to use straight cut binding. If it's something that will be washed more often and actually used like a bed quilt, then bias binding would be more durable.

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    This is also my understanding. The bias wears longer than the straight-cut. I, too, use bias on bed quilts....straight on wallhangings, runners. etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by shores66
    As a general rule I use bias binding on bed quilts, or quilts that will be getting a lot of use. It is more durable. If a thread or two breaks in bias binding, only a small part of the binding is affected. With straight binding - a broken thread or two can run the entire length of the quilt and really comprise it. Straight of grain binding, however, is good for smaller quilts, wall hangings and such as it will help the quilt keep it's shape and durability isn't as much of a concern.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Happy Quilting!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    I used to use bias for everything becasue that's what my mom told me. Now I just use it for curved edges & use wof strips for everyting else. Cutting selvedge to selvedge provides enough stretch to handle any issues.
    Same here.

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    Junior Member Gramily's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by needles3thread
    I use straight of grain for binding unless the quilt has curved
    or un-straight edges.
    me too. Easier to do and edges and corners are crisp. Emily

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    I use straight grain binding, unless I have curves to bind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MzMcKee
    I'm trying to work on my binding skills and I wanted to know why is it important to use bias strips for binding? Why shoulding we use a strip cut on straight of grain?
    I live with my daughter who has many of my quilts. I made her one 9 years ago using straight binding strips. It literally *cut* the binding in half. Half on front and half on back :roll: When you use straight grain binding it puts a single thread running lengthwise along the border and that thread literally wears out: all the way around the quilt.

    I love bias binding and use the method to make one long strip. My favorite little book that I learned it from is called:

    The Quilting ANSWER BOOK: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face. Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask.

    If it's going to be washed, bias binding. If it hangs on a wall, straight is fine.

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    I was taught that bias really lasts longer that straight grain because there is no just one thread at the edge, it is a criss-cross of many threads. Frankly, though, I have not had a particular problem with binding wearing out even with quilts I have had for many years. And it can always be replaced if necessary. SO, I do bias once in a while, or on curves, and mostly use straight binding myself. There is a cool technique to make a bunch of bias in a really easy manner, but I have sort of forgotten how.... You probably could search for it or someone here would know the technique.

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