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Thread: How many machine bind their quilts?

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    I do machine binding occasionally and for me the decorative stitches work very well. It adds another dimension to the quilt as well as it isn't as noticeable if you 'wobbled' off the edge like a straight stitch. It certainly cuts the time down!!

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    I've done both but most of the quilts I make go to Quilts for Kids and they only want machine stitching. Of the two methods, I prefer the machine because I think in the long run it will hold up better.
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    I machine bind all my quilts. Sew on the back and bring to the front and use a blanket stitch or decorative stitch.

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    I only tried to machine bind once. I was not satisfied with the look. I prefer the look of binding by hand and I think it's relaxing to do. I enjoy it when I have time.

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    Mostly I stitch the folded binding on the front and then in the evenings I stitch it by hand on the back. I have made a couple of quilts that you turn inside out and also one where I brought the binding to the front. I like to stitch by hand as then it looks nicer--to me but have friends that always put bindings on with machine. I do the bindings in the evening when I am more relaxed. It works for me. Also the binding seems to get the most wear and it is easier replaced...not that I've ever done that but have an old one here that I will replace the binding with a new one. Have lots of real old fabric and feed sacks.

    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I do not like to bind my quilts. I have 9 quilts waiting to be bound. That must tell you how much I don't like binding quilts. I want to machine bind them all.

    I know they don't look as good. I know that 100%. My LQS owner bound my last quilt and she machine bound it with flowers and it looked wonderful. I want to try it. It wasn't a straight stitch, so it didn't matter that it wasn't straight all the way around.

    It was a wide flowery stitch, about 1/4" wide. What is your opinion? I use to hand bind years and years and years ago. I need these done by Christmas and the only way I will get them done is to machine sew them.

    I even send them out to be bound (shame on me). But I want to do it myself and machine sew them. Is that so awful? The people they are going to don't quilt. So they won't know the difference.
    Last edited by granny216; 10-13-2012 at 06:07 AM. Reason: forgot to add replacing the binding.

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    I have never done machine binding on a quilt as I like the satisfaction of the hand sewing process.

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    I always machine sew the binding since my hands can't take that much hand sewing. It doesn't look as nice but my hands still feel fine when I'm done!

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    I hand sew on ones that are not toss arounds. I just don't like the look of machine sewn, at least not mine. I have tried the back to front , the decoritive stitch etc. I like the plain smooth look of the hand sewn binding. But I realize there are people who can do the machine sewn much better than I and ones who just can't do hand sewing anymore. Also each quilt is different. If I am making a wall hanging good chance the binding is going to be machine sewn After all no one will see the back.

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    I hand sew some my quilts when doing the binding but since I tried the binding with the flange, I have done machine binding & quite like it. The little bit of flange gives the quilt a little pop of extra colour & if you are careful when stitching, it is almost un-noticeable. Of course, you sew the binding on the back of the quilt first then bring it to the front & sew that last. I say, whatever works for you, then do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I do not like to bind my quilts. I have 9 quilts waiting to be bound. That must tell you how much I don't like binding quilts. I want to machine bind them all.
    I machine bind all of my quilts except those I plan on putting in a show. I use the "faux piping" technique. http://tlcstitches.blogspot.com/2010...-tutorial.html

    It's the easiest way to get a beautiful binding that's machine sewn. After you do the first one you'll love the way they turn out. My latest is this one:
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    The entire quilt is this:
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