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Thread: Bias Binding... Why?

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    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?
    Thanks~

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    I use straight of grain for binding unless the quilt has curved
    or un-straight edges.

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    sometimes bias cuts make it more interesting, like if you're using stripes

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    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.

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    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!

    Dave

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    Hi Mona,
    It's fine to use straight edging if your quilt is square or rectangular. Bias binding is the way to go if you have a quilt with scalloped edges, or a circular tree skirt, or something with curves.

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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.
    Same here. Aside from curves and striped fabric, it's really just a matter of choice if you want bias binding or not. Some swear by it, others couldn't be bothered with it. I personally have never had a problem with straight grain binding and most all of my quilts are heavily used utility quilts. So just do what you like and that will be perfect for you! :D :D

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    I like to use bias on everything when sewing over the joining seams on bias you don't have to go over 2 layers of seams.

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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

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    Either doubled straight grain binding (for straight edges only) or bias-cut binding (with adequate batting to fill it to the fold) are very durable.

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