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Thread: Anyone had this problem......and solved it?

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    Anyone had this problem......and solved it?

    I'm ready to start sewing the binding on a hand-quilted queen size I just finished. Previously, on other quilts, I've had trouble with either the border or the binding, or both, puckering here and there. Any advice?
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    Many people use a walking foot and say it prevents puckering.
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    See the three part you tube tutorial by Sharon Schamber.

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    Bias binding always stretches a little. I try and stretch it a little as I sew it on. That has solved the puckering problem for me.

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    Walking foot, straight-grain binding, glue and hand-sew the back (washable glue).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Walking foot, straight-grain binding, glue and hand-sew the back (washable glue).
    That's a great idea.

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    Are you sewing this binding on by hand or machine? Sew the outer edge less than 1/4" (like a stay stitching) before attaching binding. Go slow so as not to stretch either binding or top. Pin or clip binding in place on quilt after folding over so as to get as even as possible.

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    Guide your fabric. Don't pull. It stretches your fabric.
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    I heavily starch the binding fabric before cutting it into strips, using a 1:1 solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water. This stabilizes the binding strips so they don't distort while sewing.

    As someone else mentioned, I also use a walking foot.

    For the quilt itself, I use a different method than most people. I mark the finished edge of the quilt with a Sharpie; I do not cut the edge! To sew on the binding, I line up the cut edges of the binding with the Sharpie line to sew. For mitering the corners, I treat the Sharpie line exactly as if it were already cut. This method leaves something to "grab on to" at the right side of the needle. If the quilt is especially puffy or difficult to handle, I will machine baste outside the Sharpie line to make sure the quilt is stabilized while sewing on the binding. To minimize bulk, I will often trim the quilt edges -- but always outside the Sharpie line so I still have some quilt on the right side of the presser foot when sewing on the binding. The only thing to be ***very*** careful about is when you finally trim your quilt edge. (Incidentally, this method also allows you to adjust how much quilt is inside the binding for fullness.) At the corners, do ***not*** trim off any of the binding. If you want to trim off the quilt sandwich corner, you can do that, but you *cannot* trim the binding (unless you really want a hole in your binding at the corner when you turn it!).

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    I make my own binding. Cut strips by wof x 2 1/2". Iron in half. Sew right sides together on the front of your quilt. Hand sew the other side to the back of your quilt. If you watch the following you-tube video it shows how to do the corners really easily! I have never had a puckered binding. Good luck!
    Here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INh6sVKJRrA

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