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Ripple Free Double Fold Bias Binding video

user-2540144's picture

I just finished watching the" ripple free double fold bias binding" video and have two probably obvious (but not to me) questions:

1. The video shows Louise Cutting holding her measuring tape at right angle 3/8" around the neck circumference to measure for bias binding so it is 1:1 (circumference measurement  = bias tape measurement).  Do you simply eye 3/8"?  Or mark that? 

2. If the circumference measures 15", then I assume you cut 16" bias tape and seam the ends 1/2". What does  Louiuse Cutting mean by "I cut my bias binding 8 x fullness"? 


Thanks, Diane

Pattiann42's picture

1.  Louise Cutting Bias Binding Video (post #36432, reply #1 of 2)

1.  You can "eye-ball" this measurement, or if unsure of your accuracy, mark it with a fabric marking pen or pencil.

2.  1:1  ratio as bias does stretch.  Adding for the seam allowance may add wrinkles.

Eight times the finished width.  For a finish of 3/8" that would be 3" (3/8 x 8).  Folded, the 3" reduces to 1 1/2".  Subtract the seam allowance of 3/8" (x 2 layers= 3/4").  The amount left to roll over the seam will be 3/4".

Test these equations to see what works best for the intended project.

As mentioned in the video, quilters make/use folded (French) binding.  Quilting is were most of my sewing is concentrated these days as I seem to have all the clothing I need (doubtful).  However, the same method can be use on garments as well.

Test first for any new-to-you project as this is where you will be testing the fabric to see how well it stitches, which presser foot to use, best stitch length and best needle size and type.

user-2540144's picture

Got it.  I will try to (post #36432, reply #2 of 2)

Got it.  I will try to "eyeball" the 3/8". And yes, of course, 3/8 x 8 for width fullness.  Thanks.

I limit my quilting to small projects.  Clothing for the fall is what I will need most ;-)

Diane