Hand Sewing Binding in Batik Fabric

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by , 12-04-2013 at 04:11 PM (593 Views)
I am just finishing my first batik quilt. I sat down to hand sew the binding to the back but oh my goodness, this will take me years at this rate! I can barely even get my needle through the fabric! I sewed a couple of inches fighting the fabric all the way and gave up. Anyone have any suggestions as to needle size or thread, etc that would make this job any easier? It is starched fabric too by the way.

thanks. Odeliasimone

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  1. quiltingshorttimer's Avatar
    Never had any problems with batiks, but usually don't starch. I use a small needle, will work it in a needle "strawberry" filled with sand to sharpen it, and to reduce fraying, will either use a hand quilting thread that is pre-waxed or if I don't have the right color, will use beeswax on the thread. Also, I have found that if I try to rush by getting my thread too long initially, I pay the price of lots of tangles--so about a yard to each "needleful" helps.

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