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Thread: Stitch in the ditch binding

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    I normally use a 2 1/2" strip for my binding, fold in half, sew to the front and attatch to the back. I read on here somewhere to do what I do but SITD on the front to catch the back.

    So, how wide should the strip be or am I already there?

    Thanks!

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    you're about there. since its going to be your first time with the method use 2.5 as you get more comfortable with the technique you can cut your strip thinner if you like.

    some people use elmers glue to adhere the backside of the binding before SITD. i used to use glue and still do from time to time.

    lately i've been using fusible thread in the bobbin and i like doing it this way better.

    then when i do the SITD from the front i use regular thread in the bobbin.

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    Thanks Klue!

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    Klue -- sounds like a plan!! :D Will have to try this method as I hate doing all that hand stitching on binding when doing such things as table runners or table toppers!

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    I use a 2 1/4" binding and sew it with machine to the back of my quilt. Then I pull it around to the front and use a decorative stitch to sew the binding down. I have used scallops, blanket stitch, and stars - whatever suits my fancy. The reason for using a decorative stitch over a straight stitch is twofold. 1. A decorative stitch adds another element of decoration. 2. A decorative stitch hides when you might miss the perfect line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    2. A decorative stitch hides when you might miss the perfect line.


    HaHaHa! I just cut my tube triangles! I must have been drunk when I sewed the tubes together-I don't even drink. My version of the Drunkards Path!

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    fusible thread? That's new to me! How does it work?

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    its really very easy. you just put fusible thread in the bobbin and sew the binding strip to the front like normal.

    then when you turn the binding strip over to the back instead of having to put down glue to hold it in place you just iron the edge of the binding strip to the seam line on the back.

    its a light fusible that will hold the binding strip in place while you SITD from the front.

    the fusible washes out or wears away with time so it doesn't make the area stiff at all.

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    I am loving these tips. Gotta try them! Thank you!

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    Thanks for posting that. The tips are great. ;-)

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