The last four I completed with machine and was pleased. They will be sturdier, last longer after washing. I cut 3" wide, don't press in haLf, sew binding on back, turn to front, mostly use zigzag stitch. TIME SAVER
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I always machine bind. I wouldn't quilt if I couldn't use my machine for the entire project. I love pressing the pedal and making it hum.
With very very rare exception I machine stitch my bindings. I do this for several reasons. I can put more stitches per inch than if I hand stitched. The tension on my machine is closer to perfect than when I hand stitch, it takes so much less time. My hands hurt less when I machine stitch.
I suggest you attach the binding ( use the width you would typically use) as you normally would stitching the binding to the top. Before stitching down the back , use the steam a seam 1/4 inch on a roll( fusible) , and press the back side of the binding , covering the stitch line a few threads over toward the center of the quilt. Once the binding is fused basted into place.. stitch on the right side of the quilt close or in the ditch of the binding seam. I use invisable thread on the top side.
This goes so quick and the results are very good. I have seen other that use glue to baste the binding in place prior to sewing , but I find the 1/4 inch fusible to be less messy, faster, and more consistant bond.
Give this a try on a table runner or something small.
Hemming is the way a lot of people bind quilts. A lot of our older quilters find it much easier to do due to eyesight issues. Simply leave your backing a couple of inches wider than your quilt. Fold it and bring it over to the front and stitch it down. You can use a decorative stitch if you'd like to. It would dress it up a bit. Good luck and get cracking.
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I sew all my bindings by hand sewing them on by hand. Much easier for me and I like the look. While I am sewing it on I am planning my next one.
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I machine stitch my bindings (almost always) using the methods already described.
A finished quilt can be enjoyed so do what method gets them done. Have you viewed Charismah's tutorial on quich machine binding with flange? It is a nice method too. I machine sew my bindings most of the time to the front and hand stitch to the back. If it is a quilt that will get heavy a pretty stitch along the machine sewn binding sounds great!
I always machine bind my quilts. I've sewn them to the front then SID onto the back. Or sew them to the back then decorative stitch them to the front. I am not much for hand sewing & my bindings have gotten pretty good over the years. My more recent ones definately look better than my earlier ones! Like most things I've learned about quilting, practice practice!
Thus far, I have machine bound all my quilts. I've heard about how much nicer the hand sewn ones look. But so far my quilts are going to people who will use them heavily and I'm not confident that the hand sewn binding will hold up. I like the look of the machine sewn binding and if you use a decorative stitch I think it would be quite pretty.