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Thread: 2 1/2" binding, how wide do I sew it? 1/4"? 3/8"? ??

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    Wanted to remind you to fold the binding (and press) before sewing to your quilt. I use a 1/4 inch seam.

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    I use a 1/4 inch binding as well, before getting started make sure u have somewhat evenly cut around your quilt so you have a good idea of where to sew that looks nice and even!

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    I used to press my bindings before sewing them on, but found that they actually turn out better if I don't press first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I used to press my bindings before sewing them on, but found that they actually turn out better if I don't press first!
    I do pin or baste the binding edges together so they stay even before sewing the binding to the quilt.

    The center fold is actually 'off' a bit by the time the binding is folded to the unsewn side. The outer layer has a longer distance to go than the inner layer of the binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose View Post
    I always use my 1/4" foot for the first seam. It gives me a nice straight edge and I don't cut off my points!
    I agree. My favorite width of binding.

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    Again, this depends on the thickness you are working with ... I've had flannel binding that needed to be cut at 3" but I fought it with the 2.5 rather than take it all off. I find that using the edge of my walking foot gives me a nice binding.

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