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Cutting bias strips (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 3/20/12 2:33 PM
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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sewnow said...
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.
3/20/12 4:32 PM
kathi s said...
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!
3/21/12 11:42 AM
Annie- oh said...
I'm a quilter and thought I knew the best methods - nope, thanks for these sites!
3/24/12 8:04 PM

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