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Posted on: 3/20/12 2:33 PM
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I've never been able to get a continuous and uniform bias strip by sewing a rectangle of fabric into a twisted tube and cutting. I found two sites that explain a method i found much more easier.

The first uses a rectangle of fabric: start with a rectangle

The second uses a square: start with a square

When using the square method, all of the strips will have the angled ends needed for sewing the strips together.

I like this method because it's easy to remember how to fold if I just tell myself "Keep the folded edges together".

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Annie- oh said... (3/24/12 8:04 PM) Reply
I'm a quilter and thought I knew the best methods - nope, thanks for these sites!
kathi s said... (3/21/12 11:42 AM) Reply
Thank you, thank you! I have been making aprons for my favorite friends and discovered that the bias tape I use to trim them costs way more than the main fabric. Attempts to make my own bias tape ended in frustration. This site appears to be very clear!
sewnow said... (3/20/12 4:32 PM) Reply
Thank you, Thanks you for leading me to a more tolerable way to bias cut. I too have never been successful with the tube process for cutting bias. I prefer the square instructions and have copied them. I might even do some piping again.
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