Some people feel jute is to narrow and they prefer to rip towels and about a 1/2 inch width. The theory is the tomato will have less of a chance of being cut using the thicker towel versus the narrow jute. I haven't had a problem in 10 years.
You can typically tie a tomato at about every foot of growth. Use your judgement.
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