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Thread: Bias versus striaght cut quilt binding

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    Bias versus striaght cut quilt binding

    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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    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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    I have always used straight, unless the binding fabric is a plaid.

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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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    I prefer straight binding. I only use bias binding on striped fabrics because I like the stripes to be on the diagonal.

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    It's a personal choice decision. I use bias only on curves and scallops or for a special effect (stripes/plaid). On all other quilts I do straight of grain because it's easier and my quilt edge is straighter. I don't know if judges actually study the edge to check for bias threads. I do know they look for straight edges, good mitre corners (with the mitres sewn) and good, even, invisible hand stitching on the back.

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    Binding is a quilter's personal choice. I like bias bindings and cut mine at 2.5 wide for cottons and 3.0 for flannels or fleece. My friend would say a straight edge binding is just fine and cut hers 2.0 inches for cotton and 2.5 for flannel. There is no "right" for binding. It's your quilt so bind it your way. My MIL who is now 88 years old has always used the back (cut 1.5 inches wider than the front) folded it over to the front and top stitched it down. Those quilts have lasted for years through frequent washings. She figures by the time the binding is worn out, the rest of the quilt will be too. This logic works for me.
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    I use straight binding on straight edge quilts. I usse bias binding on quilts with curves or if im using a plaid that i want the look of plaid on the bias.

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    I usually use bias binding because it can help me pull "ruffled" border edges into shape - I just apply a little traction to the binding as I'm sewing a problem area and the edge lies flat when the binding is sewn to the back. I've also heard that it wears better and that makes sense.

    A few times, the only suitable fabric for binding is in the strips trimmed from the quilt after quilting, so I use the lengthwise and cross-grain strips to make straight bindings. Really, it's up to you - whatever you like to do.

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    I just did a baby quilt and used bias binding, mainly because I rounded the corners. Usually I just cut straight strips. I gotta be honest, putting the bias binding on was a breeze! I love how it seemed to hug the edge of the quilt and it seemed like it was easier to pull it to the back. I think I will try the bias binding the next straight edge quilt I make and see if I like it better than straight binding. I also used the Clover binding clips for the first time and they are wonderful! Don't know if they helped because it was bias binding but I LOVED not getting poked everywhere with pins!!

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    Nice to hear from all of you, great opinions. I hadn't done a bias binding in years, I ususally take the back and pull it over to the top and stitch. Have done that for 40 years. I was reading someones blog, well several and they keep saying the bias is best. It may be the best, but took me a while to make it and sew it on, the other way is much faster and easier on my hands so I think I am going straight or folded over unless it is curved. I loved reading how you all do things. Thanks
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