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Thread: Mitered corners in binding

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    I am having trouble getting a nice mitered corner in the binding. Every time I always get a little dip in the end of the corner of the miter instead of a nice square corner. What am I doing wrong. I have watched videos and do just like they say but I still get this dip in the corner instead of a nice flat square.

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    Did you watch Sharon Schamber's video's - because, really, they're the ones that count. Here's part 1 of 3
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PE0Yq9iGlc


    Well, without seeing a picture...

    Was the quilt corner square before you put on the binding?

    Did you stop at a point, as you approached the corner, that was the same measurement as the width of your finished binding? iow, if your binding is going to finish at 1/4", then you need to stop 1/4". If it's going to be 1/2" binding, then 1/2" before.

    Is the fabric for the binding perfectly folded in half?

    Again, without seeing a pic, that's all can suggest about why you've got pagoda corners.

    My guess it's probably got to do with where you stopped before the corner, but I can't say for sure.

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    IMHO, the binding is too narrow, or just that the binding is being pulled too tightly. The binding has to be wide enough to enclose the bulk at the corner as well. Sometimes I try to reduce the bulk at the corner by trimming away a little bit.

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    And my point is, if it's being done correctly, there should be no need to any "trimming" or "tugging" or "adjusting" of the binding/batting/quilt top.

    So trimming here isn't going to solve the problem on her next quilt - or even her next corner.

    Doing it right isn't any harder than doing it wrong. And that has nothing to do with the quilt police.

    We just need to figure out where the op is having a problem - perhaps is not aware of a technique or method - and advise her accordingly.

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    Not sure what you mean by 'dip'. I didn't have nice corners either. Then discovered that when I folded the fabric after I turned the corner, I was leaving the fold extend just slightly over the edge. That's not a clear description I'm sure, but just make sure everything is lined up perfectly.

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    if you are using a 3/8" seam to put the binding on, then stop 3/8" before you get to the corner, take the quilt out and turn it around like you're going to sew the next seam when you flip the binding up make sure you have a good SHARP angle, the outside of the binding should be a straight line with the edge of the quilt, when you lay the binding back down on top of the quilt make sure your folded edge is exactly even with the top edge of the quilt, it's better to be 2-3 threads shorter than longer here, put a pin in it to hold it just like you have then sew her down. when you turn it to the back for the final stitching the folds will open opposite each other

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    Make sure you stop 1/4 " before the end of the side, make a nice triangle , take it out of the machine, make a nice fold over the triangle that is perfectly square with the quilt edge, & don't trim too much of the batting from the corner , leave enough to make it nicely stuffed. Hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Did you watch Sharon Schamber's video's - because, really, they're the ones that count. Here's part 1 of 3
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PE0Yq9iGlc


    Well, without seeing a picture...

    Was the quilt corner square before you put on the binding?

    Did you stop at a point, as you approached the corner, that was the same measurement as the width of your finished binding? iow, if your binding is going to finish at 1/4", then you need to stop 1/4". If it's going to be 1/2" binding, then 1/2" before.

    Is the fabric for the binding perfectly folded in half?

    Again, without seeing a pic, that's all can suggest about why you've got pagoda corners.

    My guess it's probably got to do with where you stopped before the corner, but I can't say for sure.
    I have never added pictures so I hope these come through. Here is my problem
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    it looks like you're pulling too far down when you fold it back to the edged of the quilt

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    When you flip the binding up to make the fold , is there a true 45 degree angle? If I get careless, and don't make the fold a true 45 degrees, I get what you get. Also the fold along the top edge needs to be flush with the quilt. I sometimes make sure that the top fold is even a few threads above, which gives a really sharp corner.

    Scroll down to where Holly is talking about the corners and you will see.

    http://fingerlakesart.blogspot.com/2...-tutorial.html

    Good luck

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