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Bias tape revelation!
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Date: 6/9/13 5:30 PM

I've mentioned before that making bias tape hurts my brain. Pieced or continuous, there's always a step I have to re-learn, every single time I do it. For continuous, it's sewing together the offset tube and getting the seam allowances matched up. For pieced, it's figuring out how to sew the strips together so the angles match up and you get a straight line of bias, and not a corner.

Well. I was whipping up some test strips for a new project today, so I re-consulted the Colette tutorial for pieced bias (they also have one for continuous), and saw a step I have NEVER seen before! Maybe it's in every pieced bias tutorial, and I've just missed it (totally possible!), but today, I *finally* noticed it--and got it!

What is this critical step, you ask?

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Step 5: Trim the ends of the strips so they’re flat.
And just in case I missed it again, there's also a photo (see the link).

What?!! You can snip off those pesky and confusing angled tops, and just lay the strips RST at right angles and never be confused again?! Where in the heck have I been?

Well, I can tell you where I'm going to be from now on: Whipping up yards of pieced bias without giving myself a headache. I think it wastes a little fabric compared to lining up the angles, but seriously, if it spares me the confusion and saves me time, it's totally worth it.
-- Edited on 6/9/13 9:09 PM --

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Date: 6/9/13 5:41 PM

I loved your post! Alot of stuff hurts my brain too!

I don't make bias tape that frequently. And I knew about snipping the ends so they're flat. What I struggle with every time I make bias tape is which way to sew that stitch line on those two overlapping pieces of bias. You'd think that after so many years I wouldn't need to think so hard about it!!!

I should also add that I rarely make continuous bias. I usually only use bias for garments--necklines, armholes and such. And then I always use a single piece of bias which has no piecing seam in it. If you use continuous bias you never know where that pesky seam will show up but you can bet it will be in the exact place you don't want it to be!



-- Edited on 6/9/13 5:58 PM --

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Date: 6/9/13 5:46 PM

Well that's new to me---how sensible.Thank you. carry

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Date: 6/10/13 7:43 AM

My daughter is expecting twin boys and I recently made 2 baby quilts. I am not a quilter! I found this tutorial for faux piped binding and thought the method she shows for joining the binding strips (I did not cut them on the bias) is brilliant!
Faux piped binding

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Date: 6/10/13 9:05 AM

Thanks for the links here. I have always struggled with joining the strips, then when I do get them right I forget by the time I get around to making them the next time.
These tutorials are great to have available for a refresher course.

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Date: 6/10/13 10:25 AM

I heard the very best tip a few years ago from Susan Cleveland (of Piping Hot Binding fame) who was at our quilt guild a few years back:

She told us to place the binding strips right sides together at a right angle. And here it is: DO NOT SEW IN THE CROTCH!! Pretend the strips are the "legs" of pants. Sew across the legs, but do not sew up the crotch. I have never forgotten that little tip and never have to rip for sewing corners instead of a continuous line of bias binding.

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Date: 6/10/13 10:25 AM

Thank you for the link, the way she joins them just made a lot of sense to me. I feel empowered to make my own bias tapes now.

It never ceases to amaze me how much one learns on this site.

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Date: 6/10/13 1:43 PM

You also don't even need to sew two or more pieces of bias tape together ever by the sewing machine, right sides together, angled or straight, or at any kind of meter and then iron, open them up and have the "sewn together seam allowance part" on the wrong side of it like that in the end.

If you don't like that, you can always just fold one edge of it under, on a straight length of it or even on the slant of it, any place on it, including on some kind of metered corner or such, iron that down, and when it's like what you want, just get out a hand sewing needle and take a few stitches from the top side of it, and slip stitch it down. Sometimes working from the top of something like that, where you can see everything and not need to sew and then flip something out later, can even be just as or even more precise, so you could always try it that way too.

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Date: 6/10/13 2:20 PM

Quote: Sewmissy2
I heard the very best tip a few years ago from Susan Cleveland (of Piping Hot Binding fame) who was at our quilt guild a few years back:



She told us to place the binding strips right sides together at a right angle. And here it is: DO NOT SEW IN THE CROTCH!! Pretend the strips are the "legs" of pants. Sew across the legs, but do not sew up the crotch. I have never forgotten that little tip and never have to rip for sewing corners instead of a continuous line of bias binding.

Thinking of it like that will help me remember which way to sew that line of stitching!!! I like it!!!

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Date: 6/10/13 3:01 PM

Quote: clt3
My daughter is expecting twin boys and I recently made 2 baby quilts. I am not a quilter! I found this tutorial for faux piped binding and thought the method she shows for joining the binding strips (I did not cut them on the bias) is brilliant!

Faux piped binding

Congratulations Grandma! Twins....what a blessing!!!!

Thanks for posting that link! I thought her way of joining the binding strips was brilliant too!!! So quick and easy!!!

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