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Thread: debate on bindings

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    My friend and I are having a debate about which type of binding is better. Bias or straight. I like the straight because it takes less fabric and is much easier to do. She likes the bias because she says it lasts longer.

    So, what is the final word on bindings?

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    I like a straight binding on regular quilts and bias on a quilt with curves. However, if I wanted to spend more time on the binding I would always use the bias as it wraps around the edge better. I use a 3" binding on quilts and 2 1/2" on wall hangings.

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    I use both, depends on the fabric (stripes get bias). I think that bias actually takes less fabric, but never calculated it to know for sure. Once I figured out how to make the bias binding, it wasn't that hard, now. Good luck on your debate!
    Kathy

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    I actually use straight but prefer bias.

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    I always use bias...there are methods for cutting it where you can get a lot of bias from a relatively small piece of fabric...I like the looks of it better...

    Ditter

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    It makes sense that bias would last longer, but my quilts are lap quilts that get used and abused, so I just put straight binding on them. I would go the extra mile on a quilt that was going to be used more gently :D:D:D

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    Bias binding naturally would last longer. It's just a little more work to cut. It's also perfect for curved edges.

    For normal quilts, I think it's fine to cut the WOF or straight. In my book if you get the binding on you're golden!

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    Okay, I'll show my ignorance! Why will bias last longer than straight?

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    I use straight binding, still working on those corners though!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda B
    Okay, I'll show my ignorance! Why will bias last longer than straight?
    Straight bindings have the threads of the fabric going straight across, so only a few threads will take the brunt of the wear. Bias bindings have the threads going at an angle, so there's more threads being exposed instead of just a few.

    I hope I explained that right, I'm sure someone will correct me!

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