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Thread: Bias Binding... Why?

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    I always cut my binding on the straight of grain. With straight edges on a quilt there is no reason to use bias binding.
    Bias binding would be for curved edges which I never do.

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    Bias binding is only necessary when edges of the quilt are curved. If all edges are straight, cut fabric on the straight of grain. I've bound straight edged quilts with curved corners. In that situation, piece bias sections into the binding at each corner location so the fabric curves smoothly.

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    I used bias only because my Grannie did so that is the way I was taught. I still have a roll of binding that she made that I haven't used. However, the seamtress in me asked WHY so now I use straight grain. Easier and faster to cut. All the old patterns I have say to use bias and I have no explanation as to why.

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    i only use bias if the quilt has curves, but for a regular square quilt straight of grain is fine

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    Bias binding has "give" and makes sewing binding on curves easier and neater.

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    Personal preference perhaps? I have been tolf that binding vcut on the bias wear better. Why would this be? Apparently the staight of grain bindings leaves one or two threads to bear the brunt of the wear along the edges. Bias doesn't work that way.

    That said, I only use bias binding cuts when it shows off the bias, as in plaids and stripes.

    Julie

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    I usually use straight-of-grain bindings, too, unless the edges are scallopped or otherwise not straight, but sometimes I like to try out new ways to make bias binding (there's a neat video on YouTube about cutting a continuous bias binding from a fat quarter!).

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    The only time I use bias bindings is for curves and stripes. I almost always use straight like most others on this board.

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    I usually use straight of grain doubled binding for straight edges. If a quilt is used a lot the fold of the binding will get the most wear and will be on one thread and will need to be rebound. If it is done with bias the binding will last longer.

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    If you go to http://www.jaybirdquilts.com she has a few tutorials on binding and why she prefers bias bindings for her quilts. I'm not on my regular computer right now or I would post a direct link.

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    I use bias strips for binding only if the quilt has curves or even when I want a different look... for a chess pattern, for example, it adds interesting for your work...
    ;)

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    This reminded me I was wondering if we want to cut the binding with the fabric stretching the most or the least?

    What about the rest of the quilt? Is stretch good? I replaced one fabric in my current quilt because it was for a border and stretched so much it didn't even seem like 100% cotton.

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    Here are the links I was talking about:
    http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/2011/01...cs-part-1.html

    http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/2011/02...rt-2-bias.html

    I was on my nook earlier and don't really like using it for internet browsing.

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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.
    Ditto

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAS49OR
    This reminded me I was wondering if we want to cut the binding with the fabric stretching the most or the least?

    What about the rest of the quilt? Is stretch good? I replaced one fabric in my current quilt because it was for a border and stretched so much it didn't even seem like 100% cotton.
    I am trying to understand this.

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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?

    Julie

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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!

    Dave

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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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    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?
    Thanks~
    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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