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Thread: Basting edges before binding?

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    Senior Member Jackie R's Avatar
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    Do you hand or machine baste the outside edges, after quilting, to get it ready to put on the binding? Or do you just pin the outside edges of the sandwich together?

    Thanks for your input.

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    I sew all the way around my quilt before binding. It helps to keep it from slipping.

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    I hand baste, just a long running stitch trim and add the binding

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    I machine baste right around the edge before binding.

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    I baste and then do the final trim on my quilt before adding the binding.
    I like the way stitching the edges help keep them in place while sewing on the binding :D:D:D

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    sometimes, depends on how busy i am, a few tmes, i've surged them, that makes it come out really nice, and a great edge for binding

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    I never used to baste , just in too much of a hurry to get it finished. But I did find that taking the time to baste the edge made the binding that much faster and easier. Now I never sew a binding without basting. Even quilts I have sent out to the longarm , I ask them to baste the edge . ( not all do it without asking) .

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    I run a row of serpentine stitching around the outside before I cut off the extra batting. It catches both the fabric and batting to keep the edge of the fabric down while sewing the binding on. Even if some gets trimmed off, it's still enough to hold the edge down. I just be sure to keep it within the seam allowance so it doesn't show. I find it easier to bind this way, it's one less thing to fuss with. :)

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    I hand baste before binding.

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    I rarely baste the layers before binding. I usually have quilting out to the edge.

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