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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    The first one told us she cuts her binding 1 3/4ths and gave her reasons.
    Was that for double-fold binding? Because that seems really, really tight.
    Do you remember what her reasons were? Just curious.
    It was for French fold binding which is the name of what you're calling double fold binding. I don't remember what her reasons were.

    Double fold binding is still only one layer thick. It just means both raw edges are folded to the center. Single fold binding means one raw edge is folded to the center.

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    Anywhere from 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 depending on how wide I want the finished binding to be. I personally tend to like them wider.

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    I cut 2 1/4 if I'm going to stitch it onto the front and hand-sew it to the back. I cut 2 1/2 if I'm going to wrap to the front and do a decorative stitch.

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    I cut it 2.5 and fold in half. My binding is always wider on the back, but that's how I want it. I sew with 1/4" seam on the front.
    Sue

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    2 1.4 to 2 1.2 depending on the mood, the batting and the binding fabric.

    I always do the math to have a nice even binding on both sides but the reality usually has the back wider than the front. Oh Well.

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    I use 2.5" on a regular quilt and 2" on mug rugs. I think it just depends on personal taste. I think a narrower binding would be harder to put on, so maybe the more experienced one gets, the narrower the binding can be? I am kind of a slap and dash kind of person... I agree a thicker batting needs a wider binding, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    2". The tighter the binding, the longer it is supposed to wear according to Kaffe Fassett
    Now that is interesting- I wonder where he got that bit of information?

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    I cut 2 1/4".

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    2 1/4 inches then folded in half.

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    2.5"

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    Not every quilt needs 1/4" binding showing. Sometimes wider looks better. Go with the look you need for the project. When attaching, sew the 1/4" seam but at the corner you have to adjust the amount needed to get a nice 90 degrees, Then trim accordingly. So plan on strips 2-3" normally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdiane318
    I use 2.5 for quilts, 2.25 for wallhangings. It is a matter of preference for everyone. Whatever you are comfortable with and works for you is what you should do.
    me too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    I've always cut it 2", and it worked really well for me.

    But I recently started using Sharon Schamber's method, and on the last quilt that was just a tad too tight to work (I had cut the binding months before I saw the method). I made it work, but it wasn't fun. ;-)

    So now I'm going to start cutting it 2 1/4" wide on future quilts.
    I will have to check her method, as I always cut mine 2 inches. Judges like for the binding to be "full' (batting all the way to the edge) and the same width on the fron and back of the quilt. I alwasy have more on the back than front even cutting at 2". have been considering going to 1 7/8 and trying it. And for miniatures you need to cut it as narrow as you can work with comfortably

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    I agree with quilticing. I generall cut 2.5" and fold in half. My walking foot lines up slightly more than 1/4" and this gives me a 1/2" binding, but if I want it a bit wider I cut 3".

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    I cut mine 1 7/8 inches. I make a 1/4 inch seam to attach it to the quilt. Cut this size and making a 1/4 inch seam makes for a nice tight binding. Judges really like full bindings, when you feel of the edges you don't feel any empty space, the binding is full. I don't know what you do with all the extra fabric when you cut it wider. I like mine to be 1/4 inch on the front and 1/4 inch on the back, looks very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    2". The tighter the binding, the longer it is supposed to wear according to Kaffe Fassett
    I didn't know that. Thanks for sharing. I make mine 2" and then press in half for 1" to sew on the quilt. I have an ulterior motive for the 2". If I have left over when I am done just press open again and put in my 2" scrap box.

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    Mine are always 2 1/4 inches...works great for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvspaper
    Anywhere from 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 depending on how wide I want the finished binding to be. I personally tend to like them wider.
    Me, too. Usually 3-1/2 because I spend a lot of time selecting the binding and typically use a stripe or plaid which I want to speak.

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    Since you use 3" binding when you attach to your quilt do you sew it at 1/4 or 1/2 inch? I did a 3" binding on my first quilt but sewed it to the quilt at 1/4 and it seems I had to much freedom of material when had sewn to backside. I sewed to backside right beneath the stitch line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msawicki64
    Since you use 3" binding when you attach to your quilt do you sew it at 1/4 or 1/2 inch? I did a 3" binding on my first quilt but sewed it to the quilt at 1/4 and it seems I had to much freedom of material when had sewn to backside. I sewed to backside right beneath the stitch line.
    I use 1/2" seam with 3 1/2" binding.

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    I use 2 1/4 for regular fabric on quilts but I use 2 1/2 for flannel to allow for the thickness of the fabric.

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