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Thread: Binding advice please

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    Binding advice please

    Hopefully today I will finish quilting my latest project, and get ready to bind the quilt. In all the years I have quilted, I finished them off the way someone taught me, by turning the backing over to the front, and sewing. Because I wanted this one to be reversible, and the backing wouldn't work with the patchwork front, I will be using binding. I have heard this is not as easy as it looks..Any advice or suggestions before I begin the process? I have purchased binding to use (double fold)
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    That's how I started binding quilts. A good friend taught me that when you get to the corners, be sure to stop before you reach that seam allowance. Then fold and start again down the next side. It's much easier to show you. Wish you lived closer to Winter Garden. I practiced with a piece of large ribbon first before doing a quilt with the binding. See if there's a tutorial either here on the board or Utube. That should help.
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    It took me a few tries to get binding but once I figured it out, I don't usually have too much trouble. I say usually because twice this weekend I sewed my binding in the wrong direction! Check on youtube, there are several videos showing you how to do binding. I had some trouble with the double fold binding I purchased when I first started, it was so stiff I had a hard time sewing with it. That's actually why I started making my own. There are probably some tutorials on this site as well. Good luck and let us know how you make out.
    Heather

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    Sharon Schamber has a great video on doing binding, and she is the BEST! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE
    Wendy

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    It is so easy and much quicker to bind to the front with a machine. The owner of a LQS who has her own fabric line - patterns, etc etc and is in many of the popular magazines, taught us how. NO you won't get a Blue ribbon with this technique, but it is neat and you can be done. I do admire all the hand work a lot of ladies do and I do hand sew bindings to the back on table runners, etc. Do a SEARCH on this board and you will find pictures/tutes and information. Nancy Zimmerman does a front binding on some pot holders and that is exactly what you do on a quilt. I prefer not to make a wide binding to the front, but you will learn what you like. Have fun with it!

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    Here is a link (hopefully) that craftybear posted, great step by step pictures and explanation.

    http://comfortstitching.typepad.co.u...g-binding.html

    If the link doesn't work, you might have to copy and paste it into your browser bar.

    Good luck, binding isn't that difficult and gives such a nice finishing touch. This is a straight binding, not around curved edges. For that you would need a bias binding tutorial and there is one on this board under tutorials.

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    First of all.......binding isn't difficult at all. It is just something that takes time. I find it really satisfying because when it is on the QUILT IS FINISHED!! Follow a tutorial and you will be amazed!

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    try www.quiterstv.com and under Quilters Cafe - search down for the video on binding

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    I was also taught to fold over the back to the front but, since I started using binding a few years ago I would never go back. There are a lot of tutorials on the web just google quilt binding.
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    I sew to the back first, fold over to front...then I figure out exactly where I want the needle to hit on the binding, usually 1/16th from the folded edge. I use the stitch in the ditch foot and let the flange ride right along the folded edge of the binding and the needle set just inside the fold. I never pin, I sew straight through, and I am can bind a queen sized quilt in about and hour, including making the binding. This has come with practice...but it is the easiest and the sturdiest method I have found. If it is a child's quilt or one that will be washed often, I use this method. If it is a fancy quilt to be inspected, I will sew to the front and hand stitch to the back...but after method number 1, method number 2 sure seems like a real pain and sewwwwwwwwwww slow!
    Michelle Guadarrama

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