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Thread: Binding; machine or hand?

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    Super Member orangeroom's Avatar
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    When you attach your binding, do you machine sew it on, or machine sew the top and hand sew the back? Why?

    I prefer hand sewing on the back, but understand why some prefer machine.

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    Prefer hand sewing the back. Like listening to programs so i do needle work then.

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    I prefer the look of hand sewing the back down. Mainly because it's not always easy to get it looking good on the back when you machine stitch it. I did recently glue baste the binding, then stitching it by machine. The first one was just ok. I adjusted the needle a bit and got it better on the next one. Last weekend I made a doll quilt for my granddaughter and forgot to move the needle over. I hated how it came out! But it was only a doll quilt, so I let it go. I forgot to make myself a note of what to use for the needle position, so I need to experiment and stick a note on my machine to remind me.

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    I definitely hand sew on the back - it's one of my favourite parts of producing a quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I definitely hand sew on the back - it's one of my favourite parts of producing a quilt.
    Me too! I sit, watching tv, while covered with the quilt, hand sewing on the binding. To me, it's the finalizing step in adding love to a quilt for someone special. As it's providing warmth to me as well. :)

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    I have arthritis in my hands. I have a hard time with hand sewing. So, machine it is.

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    I'm sure this will sound crazy, but I don't even know how to hand sew...lol. I just started quilting almost a year ago, and I am completely self taught. Although, I have got great advice here on this board. I machine sew my binding down to the back of my quilts and then I machine sew the binding to the front with a decorative stitch. I really like it that way. I think it looks so neat. In the beginning, I was sewing it down on the front and then on the back, but you could always see that stitching on the front which looked messy to me, so that's why I started doing the decorative stitch.

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    I usually put the binding on the quilt by machine and hand stitch it in place on the back. I have put it on by hand as well.

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    I used to always sew the binding by hand to the back, but arthritis has "hit" so now I sew the binding by machine to the back and bring it around to the front and machine sew it with a decorative stitch/

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    When I handstitch the binding down, I knot ever time I add a stitch. I love the look of it and I also think the mitered corners look better on the side with the handstitching so I hand stitch on the FRONT of the quilt. I know most people don't do it this way...

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