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    If I have a piece of material that does not have selvage edges, How do I figure out which way to cut strips for binding? One way stretches more than the other way. Thank you.

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    I have cut binding both across the width and along the length. I don't think it matters a lot, just don't stretch it as you sew it on. The width will stretch more that the length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter
    I have cut binding both across the width and along the length. I don't think it matters a lot, just don't stretch it as you sew it on. The width will stretch more that the length.
    Thank you.

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    You can gently pull on the fabric both ways :wink: and determine which direction is the width/length :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    You can gently pull on the fabric both ways :wink: and determine which direction is the width/length :D:D:D
    and if there is lots of stretch it is on the bias.

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    The direction that stretches the least is WITH the grain. The direction that has a little more stretch on the straight away is ACROSS the grain. The direction that has the most stretch (across the corner at an angle) is the BIAS.

    You can also take the fabric in both hands and sharply tug it. With the grain gives a stronger popping sound than against the grain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter on the eastern edge
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    You can gently pull on the fabric both ways :wink: and determine which direction is the width/length :D:D:D
    and if there is lots of stretch it is on the bias.
    WEll, if it is on the bias, the threads of the fabric will be diagonal to the cut edge.

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    I cut most of my bindings on the bias, whether it will go on curves or straight, so it doesn't matter which way is the length or the width. However, if I do choose to cut a straight binding, or a border or sashing for that matter, I prefer to cut it on the lengthwise of the fabric. The lengthwise has very little "stretch" compared to the widthwise of the fabric. This is also how you tell the difference when you don't have the selvedge to tell you length or width. Cut long lengthwise pieces first before cutting widthwise pieces. One has to measure carefully as there is less "forgiveness" when the fabric has so little stretch or cut the piece longer than needed; sew with an even-feed foot or sew the pieces together carefully.
    Good Luck, Sonia K.

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