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

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    I used to use 2 1/2 then tried 2 1/4 and it makes for a neater binding for me

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    Do you use double or single fold? It makes a difference...

    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain View Post
    Just wondering what width of binding strips you cut. I used to use 2 1/2. then for years used 2" and just yesterday learned that I can do 1 7/8" and it turns out perfectly on both the front and back. I am interested in what size works best for you

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    I use 2 1/2"

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    I also used 2 1/2", but now I am sewing from the back and using that wonderful s in d foot on my Horizon and sewing down from the front. Really nice miters with 2 1/4".
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    I cut mine 2 1/4. At the end of the day you need to look at how thick your batt is. and adjust accordingly

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    2 1/2" for me, too.

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    I am trying different batting out and with the different batting I have found I need different sizes to accommodate the batting differences. That being said I actually like thicker binding so usually use a 3/8" - 1/4" seam for my binding...

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    I haven't bound a quilt in a while but when I do, I go to my Fons and Porter book and follow those instructions. Love their instructions for the joining but it is tricky so I look it up every time.
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    I sew at 1/4" and use 2 5/8" binding. Then I do not struggle covering the stitch line on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    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.
    2 1/2 for Mavita. Fold it in half and do it like EasyPeezy does. But for the current quilt I'm going to cut 2 in strips, and now I have learned to glue the back down so I (almost) never miss any of the binding on the back when I'm sewing SID from the front.
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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    I make mine 2-1/4.
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    I use 2.25 to 2.5" binding.

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    I personally like 2.5" binding, fold in half, iron, then I use the walking foot to attach to the quilt. The walking foot is slightly larger than 1/4", so the 2.5" bindings works best for me.

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    I do 2.25" now to improve my machine binding, but I've also done 2.5" in the past too.
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    I want to try a new to me method of sewing down the binding. My sister told me about it and you sew it to the front, and then fold it to the back and stitch in the ditch on the front, catching the back. My sister pins in the ditch on the front, making sure that the back is pulled over enough. Does anyone use this method-and if so, what width do you cut it and what seam allowance do you use? I'm nervous to try it for some reason.

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    2-1/2 cut with my Accuquilt Go in 30 seconds - enough for a lap or bed-siz quilt.

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    I cut mine 2 1/4 inches but if the quilt sandwich was thicker or thinner I would adjust as necessary.
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    I use a 2" and it works well for me...

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    I have always used a2.5 width because I was taught that way. Thanks for the post . It will be fun trying out new widths and methods. I guess I need to start thinking "outside of the box" and experiment a little.

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    It depends on the width of your seam. If you want it to fold over, meet and just cover the stitches on the back and be filled with quilt top/back and batting, then you have to adjust the cut width accordingly. Whatever does this then is the right size width.

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    Don't remember where I learned this:
    cut 6 inches wide.
    fold in half and press
    sew 1 inch seam on wrong side
    fold around to front and top stitch
    This gives a 1 inch wide binding!

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    2 1/2 for me. I sew it to the back, then turn to the front. I use a decorative machine stitch to attach to front.

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    I cut mine at 2 1/4. I think on my next quilt I'm going to experiment with different widths.
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    2.5" here as well.

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    1 3/4 or 2"

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