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    Machine Binding

    Does anybody have a picture of the back of a machine bound quilt? My binding work needs a TON of work. I clearly don't have it right, so I was wondering what it really should look like.
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    OK, I'll admit right up front that I'm dumb as a bag of hammers. But I don't quite understand. Do you want to see the back of the binding after it's been sewn on the machine attaching it or tacking it down on the back?
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    I didn't take any pictures but I can tell you thaat it NOT easy to make it look decent let alone nice. When they give instructions it sounds simple but I tried several times and I consider myself a pretty good seamstress. To me it's worth the extra time nd effort to do it by hand so that ot looks presentable. good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by burchquilts View Post
    OK, I'll admit right up front that I'm dumb as a bag of hammers. But I don't quite understand. Do you want to see the back of the binding after it's been sewn on the machine attaching it or tacking it down on the back?
    Yes, I want to see the back of a quilt that was machine bound. I want to see what the binding on the back of the quilt looks like.
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    i have never been happy with a machine applied *front & back* binding---mine always just (in my opinion) ruin the quilt- i don't even try anymore- i figure if i'm going to put the work into the quilt it makes no sense to ruin it by taking a short cut at the end- so i machine stitch to the front- fold to the back & hand stitch into place-
    i know there are a ton of tutorials out there showing ways to do it- & some people will use a decorative stitch - but the few quilts i have tried them on i have been so horribly disappointed with i would never take a picture of it- the quilts generally wind up just going to goodwill
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    I personally prefer to hand-stitch mine down, but I have a friend who does beautiful machine binding. She sews the binding on the front side as usual, then turns the binding to the back, tacks it down with Elmer's glue, then does a decorative stitch that looks like a snowflake on the back. It looks pretty on both sides of the quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I personally prefer to hand-stitch mine down, but I have a friend who does beautiful machine binding. She sews the binding on the front side as usual, then turns the binding to the back, tacks it down with Elmer's glue, then does a decorative stitch that looks like a snowflake on the back. It looks pretty on both sides of the quilt.
    I do this do with some type of decorative stitch. Some I sew down by hand, but not baby quilts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I personally prefer to hand-stitch mine down, but I have a friend who does beautiful machine binding. She sews the binding on the front side as usual, then turns the binding to the back, tacks it down with Elmer's glue, then does a decorative stitch that looks like a snowflake on the back. It looks pretty on both sides of the quilt.
    Sounds beautiful! Would she share a picture?
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    I sew the binding on the back first, then bring it to the front, make sure the edge is just over the seam when you turn it, then I use a decorative stitch and stitch on the stitch line from the back.

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    I love machine binding. I sew the back first and then flip the binding to the front and use a decorative stitch. I love how they come out. I use 2 1/2 inch strips for my binding. I also use elmers stick glue and iron it to the front then sew.

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