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Thread: Binding width

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    Super Member mimisharon's Avatar
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    I'm going to butt in here a minute, FVG, have you thought about cutting another set (of the same width binding) to match what you have, seam them in the middle with a scant seam, and have the seam meet the edge of your quilt?

    Is that clear as mud? PM me if you don't understand what I'm saying. I should be back about 11 PM and if I can still move I'll try to check in.

    When I've made quilts with thicker than usual batting or fabrics and wanted a certain look, I've often done the seaming of two pieces of binding. It take a little more pinning to get the seam to stay exactly on the edge of the quilt, but it is better looking than having to change everything again.

    My own personal rule of thumb for measuring for binding is to add 1/4 inch for fabrics and batting, then add that to the finish look I want on each side of the quilt edge.

    Good luck, I have to get up and get showered to leave for my nephews house, but I'll check back tomorrow afternoon to see what you've decided...

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    FVG if you try to sew both sides of the binding on at the same time I can garuntee you it won't come out right, parts will be missed and parts will be in too far, it just doesn't work.

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    I didn't put a binding on my denim quilt, it had a rag edge. I would use a bright cotton for the binding, or a denim looking cotton if you want it to match.

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    ...none of that made sense. Okay, what would be the best method to sew on binding for someone who has never done it before? Something that's easy and not quite so time consuming, but still gets the job done. I only have until next Tuesday to get this quilt done.

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    Fold your binding strip in half wrong sides together. Pin binding to one side of the quilt. I like to pin it to the right side and once you sew that flip it over to the other side. Pin it to the other side and hand sew it down. Its very difficult when machine stitching to sew both sides at the same time and have it come out looking good and have the binding in the exact place that it needs to be. Thats why one side is done by machine and one side is done by hand. I am at work now, and don't have time to research it and find you a link, but if you google on sewing quilt binding, you can probably find some more help and probably pictures too. Good luck. I am so proud of you for sticking to it! Give yourself a big pat on the back from all of us!

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    I think I get it, but I'm not too fond of the hand stitching aspect of it. My hand stitching SUCKS. The friend who's getting this quilt can hand sew better than I can...which is weird because he learned how while going to school to be a mechanic.

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    What did you do to finish it? We need web cam to show exactly how we do some things, eh?

    Sharon

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    FVG the stitches won't really show all that much if you can find thread that closely matches the binding. the trick is to run the needle under the binding when moving along the edge. That way the stitches are hidden. but just in case they peek a little using matching thread will still hide them.

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    At this point, I don't care if the stitches show on the binding and I don't think Nick will care, either.

    Well, I got binding on one side of the quilt (with no problems). At this rate, I should be done with the quilt in about...three or four days. I'll be sure to show pictures when its FINALLY f*****ed. :P

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    Can't wait to see them. You are areal trooper for hanging in there and not giving up!

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