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Thread: I didn't press my binding

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    Senior Member DawnFurlong's Avatar
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    Woo hoo!! I dislike pressing long strips of binding, never thought of doing it this way! Can't wait to try it.
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    I tried it with my queen sized log cabin last night. I will never, ever, EVER iron my binding again. I didn't iron or pin and it is by far the best binding I have ever done. It lays so much nicer. I machine sewed it. It took an hour and 15 minutes to cut the binding, sew it together and sew it on. I am a happy camper. Thanks so much for this tip.
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    I must be doing something wrong. I tried this no press method and NEVER AGAIN! It was the worse looking binding ever and i been making quilts for 30 years.

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    I never iron my bindings anymore. It seems to me that they lay naturally and I am not fighting that ironed crease to keep it straight. I also make the fold for the miter to the left and not toward the top. Seems easier to me.. . .but then again that just may be ME!

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    I just tried this recently after reading about it here and it was a success for me too - I love not pressing the binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Yep. No pressing. Cut as usual, align raw edges of binding with quilt, machine stitch on front as usual. Fold over batting, hand stitch on back.

    The theory is that when you iron it flat and then fold it over, the inner layer of binding fabric bunches up inside. Kind of like running around a track - the inner track lane is shorter than the outer track lane. So, by NOT ironing it, you allow the fabric to adjust evenly and it doesn't bunch up.
    WOW...I was always taught to iron, but this really makes more sense! Just finished binding some small decorative quilts and was thinking how much I hate the binding process because it wasn't folding over the edge very easily. Hmmm, gonna give this a try next time. Thanks, everyone for your comments.
    Creative clutter is better than idle neatness.

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    Ok, ok, I'm going to try this. I really hate pressing all that binding in half besides the time it takes. I have a quilt to bind that I made for a graduation gift for a friend's son. If I don't like it, he won't know the difference. It's definitely a late gift. But the guy is 6 1/2 feet tall and built like a line backer. I needed to make the quilt bigger than a standard throw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by llong0233 View Post
    I think I have this right: cut 2 1/2 " strip. Don't iron in half. Just lay the open 2 1/2" strip on the quilt edge and sew it on with the usual 1/4" seam allowance. Then...we turn the quilt over, fold the binding over the the edge, tuck under the raw edge of the binding and sew? What didn't I think of that? It sounds like it makes a cleaner edge and sews on evenly! Thanks.
    I am just guessing here as I have not gone thru all the pages of responses...

    Some seem to talking about single fold binding, the kind purchased in packages, for example, or what I know as French Fold binding.....2 1/2" or 2 1/4" wof strip, folded in half (ironed), then sewed onto front of quilt edge by machine, corners mitered, then folded over and hand done on back, finishing the miters.

    I always use the FF binding for bed quilts....reason being, the binding edges of bed quilts take a lot of beating and the double fabric is stronger. I think the history of this practice is something like......the edges used to get caught in the metal springs and the double fabric tended not to rip as easily. If the bed quilt has a curvy edge, then I cut those wof on the bias to get a smooth finish.

    The single fold is good for quilted pieces that are more decorative than utility--wallhangings, tablerunners, placemats, etc.........and if curvy then bias cut otherwise wof is what I do. But that single fold is cut at a thinner width to begin with. Just what I have done over the years........

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    I tried it on a baby quilt but found it too messy for my taste. I will stick with pressing. I never use pins and prefer pressing to pinning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I agree! I stopped ironing that middle crease in them and they go on so much flatter and easier.
    I wasn't sure I understood but your comment clears up my muddled brain. Thanks, I will try this tip.

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