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Thread: is it ok to cut binding length of grain?

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    is it ok to cut binding length of grain?

    I always cut across, but had to cut some boarders on length to prevent piecing, now my width is narrow and my binding would need many joins if I use the width. The fabric has NO give on the lengthwize grain at all.
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    Lengthwise grain is always the strongest. You can use lengthwise grain for binding. If the edges are straight, it won't matter. If your sides have a curve or scalloped, you're going to want binding cut on bias.
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    Agreed - lengthwise grain has the smallest amount of give and is the strongest. I often cut bindings lengthwise to avoid lots of piecing strips.
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    Only tends to be a problem with a scalloped or rounded boarder (like a tree skirt)

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    OK, Thanks, I think I will go cut it then. Thanks for the quick answers!
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    Let us know how your binding turns out!
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    I always cut my bindings WOF, cross-grain and pice together with diagonal seams. I like the bit of stretch it has. Really helps when I round the corners of my quilt, which I do most of the time.
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    I always cut my binding on the straight of grain.

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    I usually use WOF for cutting binding strips....but I am flexible about that. Sometimes I hold off on cutting the binding until I pull the quilt off the frame. If I cut the backing wide enough, the leftover excess fabric is wide enough for binding strips. As far as curves and scallops go, bias strips are the way to go.

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    Interesting. I cut length of grain for bindings once. Fought with it the entire time and swore never to do it again. It seemed like a good idea at the time, fewer seams, but difficult to work with. I'll be interested to see how you do with it. It's tempting to do when you cut borders off the length and have narrow WOF to piece.
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    The only time you need to have it on bias is if it is going to be curved; then its important. I agree with others, on grain is the strongest. You want the part of the quilt that will be handled alot to be as strong as possible.
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    You can cut your binding fabric lengthwise grain, it just won't have the "give" that the crosswise or bias binding has.

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    Well, its on, and it sewed on fine, I havent hand stitched the back yet though, and its then i will know whether I like it or not. I think maybe it feels too tight, but we will see I dont have enough fabric to redo now so lengthwize it is!
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    Yes you absolutely can use length grain. It doesn't have as much stretch give but sure doesn't have seams. So use it just understand less stretch. You might have to go a bit slower and pin more due to nature of the give in the fabric.

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    I'm currently sewing on binding that is cut of lengthwise grain scraps. It's going on OK...
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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