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    Question Does a binding need to be bias?

    Can anyone tell me why the binding needs to be bias? Also why not sew strips together? What is advantage of that diagonal joining? Thank you!

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    Default Re: Does a binding need to be bias?

    You should definitely use bias binding when your quilt has edges that are not straight, such as curves or scallops. If I am binding a quilt that is square or rectangle, I cut WOF strips and sew them together with a diagonal join to reduce bulk when stitching on the finished binding.

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    Default Re: Does a binding need to be bias?

    I have never made a bias binding yet. I use straight grain. Of course, I've never made scalloped or curved edges either, which would need the bias.

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    Default Re: Does a binding need to be bias?

    Diagonal joins of strips keeps bulk thinner if you are sewing the binding by hand. I have done all different ways and my favorite is wof selvages removed sewn like a normal seams with the begining and ending join of bindings done with the miter. Continuous binding is my next favorite for scalloped or non-square quilts, potholders, placemats...etc.
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    Default Re: Does a binding need to be bias?

    I prefer wof strips. That said, I remember someone telling me that you should do bias so it would wear better on the edges. For instance, on straight of grain, if a thread wears out that is on the edge, it could continue down the edge. With bias, it would only be that one spot. But, I don't like how stretchy it is. You have to be careful and not distort it on a straight edge.

    In other words, quilters choice.
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    Default Re: Does a binding need to be bias?

    I never use bias binding. My quilts have straight sides.
    I cut strips on the straight grain, sew strips together.
    I machine stitch the binding to the front of the quilt,
    Turn and hand stitch the binding on the quilt back.
    If the quilt is a baby/lap quilt for children that will
    get a lot of wear and many washings I top stitch
    the binding on the front of the binding.
    When I stitch the strips together I sew a straight seam
    using 1/4 seam.
    You only need bias binding if you have round/scallops edges
    on your quilt. Very few patterns require bias binding.
    I’ve been making quilts for 50 years and never used
    bias binding.

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    Default Re: Does a binding need to be bias?

    Thank you so much for this information. I appreciate this forum so much.

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    Default Re: Does a binding need to be bias?

    I was originally taught to make all binding on the bias. Now I just use it when I scallop edges, which I've done often. Love the look. Otherwise I use straight of grain binding. To make great corners I will share if you trim on the diganal the top batting and backing your corners will look great! Good luck

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