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Bias versus striaght cut quilt binding

Old 02-11-2012, 10:40 PM
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I am wondering what is best to use on a regular everyday quilt. Straight cut binding or bias cut. I just did a bias cut binding and really don't care for it. I have always used straight cut binding. I read on a blog that bias is best especially if you are showing and also because it wears better. Does anyone have ideas, opinions, etc? Thank you.
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:49 PM
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I'm not sure about what they want for shows, but I only use straight. Really the only time bias would have an advantage in real life would be for a scalloped or curved border/edge of a quilt. The binding will bend a LOT easier on curves when cut on bias. This of course is just my opinion, but I think a lot of people will agree. BTW all my quilts are wallered on by cats, me, the hubby and are washed a lot and I havent had a problem yet.
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I've heard that bias is better wearing, because there are many threads along the edge to bear the wear and tear. In straight binding, there is one thread that runs along the edge and absorbs most of the rough action. I don't think it has to be true bias, just a bit off, to give a tougher finish. That being said, I make mostly straight binding because I'm too lazy to cut bias.
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I was taught to do bias binding and my first quilts have bias binding. My latest have straight because it's easier to cut and I've been doing fast scrap quilts. The quilt I'm doing now I'm going to use bias because I mixed fabrics to make a warm quilt....fleece, fine wale cord, homespun just cause it went) and flannel.
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I use straight binding on my straight quilts. The only time I use bias is on curves, which I rarely make [but love the look of so should make more ] I haven't been quilting long enough to see whether my bindings wear.
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:44 AM
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I have always used straight, unless the binding fabric is a plaid.
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:53 AM
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bindings are as personal a choice as any other part of making a quilt- bias bindings are necessary if going around any curves- so they lay flat- if your quilt does not have curved corners (or any other curved areas) it is your choice what type of binding to use...and if your binding does start showing wear- it is easy enough to remove it and replace it with a new binding....i've seen some bias bindings wear out too.
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shows don't care as long as the binding is well applied and unless the edge calls for bias - such as curves and cutting plaids or strips make a better looking binding.
I do bias cuts depending on the pattern in the fabric otherwise the width of the fabric.
Or.....to evenly cut a pattern in the fabric.
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I do straight binding unless I have rounded corners (???) I have quilts I made 20 years ago with straight binding that haven't worn as some say, I guess just personal preference.
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I usually turn the back to form the binding so it comes out straight. I have experienced a binding wearing out on the fold line, the first quilt I made that has been on my bed 30 years. I replaced the binding with another straight binding.
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