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Thread: What is the cut width of your binding strips?

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    I always do 2" to 2 1/2" cut strips. Yesterday I had a quilting teacher tell me I was all wrong I needed to use 3 1/2" strips to have stability. Oh well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbug View Post
    I always do 2" to 2 1/2" cut strips. Yesterday I had a quilting teacher tell me I was all wrong I needed to use 3 1/2" strips to have stability. Oh well
    What a silly statement for your teacher to make. I am just shaking my head. Lol. I use 2-1/2 or 2-1/4 depends on the body of the quilt. Guess we can decide for our quilt.


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    2" for Jan in VA. Sew to front, hand turn to back.
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    Depends -

    on how wide I want the finished binding
    on how thick the batting is

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    Most of the time I use 2-1/2" if I am machine binding, and 2-1/4" if I am going to hand bind, and 1-1/2" if doing single fold binding for hand binding. With hand surgery years ago, I only do machine binding on large quilts, and when I feel my hand is up to it, will do hand binding on a small project such as small quilt or table runner.

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    I used to cut mine at 2.5" but everytime I would have a few missed spots on the back.
    I sew to the front turn and SID on front. T4 for my last quilt I cut the binding at 2 5/8" and
    I'm pleased to say that I didn't miss any at the back. I can also say I made a perfect
    (to me) binding with perfect miters.

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    2 1/4 for me
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    I use 2" for cotton batting. Like charsue, I take a little more than 1/4" seam but maybe not quite 3/8".

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    I have only used 2 1/2" strips for binding on a regular quilt. On a very small wall hanging, I use 1 7/8" strips.

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    I'm so glad you posted this. I've often wondered how much variation there was. Mostly, I use 2-1/4, but it depends somewhat on the appearance I want on the quilt. If it's a wall hanging and I want a very narrow binding, I'll cut about 1-3/4.

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    2 1/2. I machine sew to the back, then pull forward and sew the front. If I do a 2 1/4 then my machine misses stitches at the corners and sometimes at the binding joins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    2" for Jan in VA. Sew to front, hand turn to back.
    ditto.
    I tried those silky premade bindings from Joanne's and could not make them lay nicely. I need to use cotton at 2.5.

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    2 1/4" works for me.

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    Two and a half works for me too - that size allows a nice filled binding.

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    I cut 2" wide for double fold bias binding and use a thin cotton batting. I find that gives me a nice full finished edge.

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    If the quilt is < 6 sq ft I use 2 1/4". Larger 2 1/2"

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    I always use 2 1/2. It works for me.
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    thanks everyone. i hated that puckery or wavy look even when I thought I had the binding snugged up good. i found the 1 7/8" did not do that. I will do it a few more times and decide if I want to stick with that or go back to 2"

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    I cut 2 1/2. I have had good luck with the width and because of that reason I don't think I will change. I like the finished look I can give a quilt with my binding.

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    I use 2 1/4 unless I have a very thick batting then I use 2 1/2.

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    I do 2 1/2" to 3" because I tend to do slight larger that 1/4" seam allowance. Is it best to sew to front or back and turn?? Sometimes I decide depending on the backing.
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    DUH...I am always fighting to get my binding lined up front and back. Why didn't I think to cut it 2" instead of the 2 1/2" I've been using. Haha, I guess it's alright to laugh at yourself.
    Miz Kyp aka Margie

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    Quote Originally Posted by franc36 View Post
    Same here. I always use 2 1/2".
    2 1/2" When I first started quilting, I cut a few at 2 1/4" and had trouble so I've stuck with the 2 1/2" since then.
    Pat

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    I always have had success with binding strips which I cut at 3 1/2 cm. (centimeters). I use the machine to attach
    the binding fabrics, then after ironing, I hand stich the binding on to the backside. This give a very neat binding
    to complete your quilt. It also serves as a good guide to placing a sleeve for a wall-quilt.

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    2 1/2" for me.

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