How To Make Continuous Bias Binding From A Rectangle

There are several ways to go about cutting and sewing bias binding tape. They've all got their pro's and con's. I'm going to show you my favourite method, but first I'll discuss the strip-by-strip method and the continuous method using a square of fabric.

Whichever method you use you'll start with deciding how wide you want your finished binding to be and multiply that by four. For example if you want a 1/4 inch wide finish on your hem you want to cut 1 inch wide strips. (unless you want double fold bias binding in which case you multiply by six).

Strip-by-Strip Method

Blunt, Sharp and to the Point

A blunt sewing machine needle can cause all sorts of problems with your sewing such as missed stitches and thread breakages. I am guilty of not changing my sewing machine needle as often as I probably should, but how often should it be changed?

sewing machine needles

I've seen recommendations to change your needle as regularly as
every 4 hours of sewing, however if I am stitching light gauzy cotton fabric I won't change my needle as often as if I am stitching a heavy denim which will blunt my needle faster then guaze will. I might use an already used needle on the denim but a brand new super sharp one for the gauze. Does that make sense?

You should change your sewing machine needle:
  • when it has been damaged by hitting a pin, zipper or anything hard (even if you can't see any damage)
  • regularly - when you think it's not sharp any more or when you start a new project
  • it's all gummed up with sticky stuff from iron on interfacing and you can't get it clean with an alcohol based cleaner 
  • you can't remember the last time you changed your needle
When was the last time you changed your needle?


  1. Good tips. I must remember the one about changing after I hit a pin or a zipper.
    It seems like recently every time I remove the table (shelf?) on my sewing machine, I accidentally hit my needle and it breaks. I can tell you I changed it twice on my last project, a Princess Leia dress. Yes, that was Halloween.

    1. I forget to change them too! That shelf thing does have a name - I can't remember what it is off the top of my head, arm extension maybe? You're doing well if your last project was for Halloween, lets not discuss when mine was ok? Thanks for visiting :o)


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