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Thread: #1 secret to good bindings

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    #1 secret to good bindings

    If your bindings don't work - irregular, mitres not even and accurate I would wager (if I did) that the problems are:
    innacurate and inconsistent seam allowance from the beginning of the seam to the end.
    It is easy for the seam allowance to veer out or in at the beginning and end. I believe (as I did) to lose control especially at the end. This can effect the way the mitre will fold.
    If your mitres are wonky - rabbit ears, then fold the binding back to see if the seams remained true. If not, then rip out and restitch.
    Whatever your seam size might be - as you come to the end of the seam toward the corner, then stop a couple stitches before you get to that point - be it 1/4" or 3/8" or whatever. Back stitch a couple stitches and take it out of the machine. Then start the next seam with needle just catches the edge of the fold. this will hole the layers until you can aralign the binding with the edge.
    Also, when you fold the binding to make the mitre, then be sure the fold and all layers are 90 degrees.

    Guess this is more than #1 but it works.

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    Good tip. Thanks for posting.

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    Holice, I've certainly had those problems. But another problem I have is the way I cut the quilt sandwich prior to machine-sewing the binding to the front. At the corners I either get too little or too much sandwich and I find it very hard to be accurate along the length and still get a 90% angle.

    Do you have any advice for cutting the sandwich at the corners so they aren't either too empty or too stuffed to be pointy? Do you cut the sandwich layers all equal or layer them each a different width?

    Thanks for the words of quilting wisdom!
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    I have to try this. You may have helped my wonky coners! Thanks

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    I trim the quilt before sewing the binding.
    Then I will clip just a fraction on the corner after applying the binding. Just the tip and not too deep an angle. This takes a bit of the bulk out.
    If there appears to be excess batting in the corner, then fold the top back and shave a bit of the batting
    If you trim too much of the corner, then there is a chance you might cut into the folded batting..

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    Thanks for the hints! I have it printed out and inserted in my "hints" book!
    Carrie, Queen of the Seam Rippers!

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    Thanks so much for sharing.
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    Thanks for sharing..this works for me!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    Sounds like very good advice.

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    I found this little gadget very handy when I'm sewing binding on my quilts. Takes the guesswork out for stopping at each corner. If anyone has problems with their miters they should get one. I try to avoid a lot of gadgets but this one I like and would highly recommend. (No affiliation with the maker or anything).
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...r__D81892.html

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    Thanks Holice for the tips, I sure could use them. I find it very hard to keep conistant seam when sewing binding on larger quilts, I try to keep the "weight" on the table so there is no pulling/stretching, but I still have problems, lol, one day I will figure it out...I hope.
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    I agree that part of the problem is the bulk at the corner and I never know how to trim it. Any hints anyone?

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    On the corners, I just snip the corners off to minimize the bulk.

    To help w/ my seam allowance, I have one of those magnetic seam guides. It gives me an edge to sew up against. Definitely keeping the bulk of the quilt up on the sewing table also helps.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I love this board because everyone has different helpful ideas.
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    Good tips!

    I always use my walking foot when sewing on the binding-makes a big difference.

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    I try to square up the corners of the quilt also. Seems to help get them to lay flat. I definitely will try the hint of catching the fold with the first stitch. Thanks
    Patricia

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I found this little gadget very handy when I'm sewing binding on my quilts. Takes the guesswork out for stopping at each corner. If anyone has problems with their miters they should get one. I try to avoid a lot of gadgets but this one I like and would highly recommend. (No affiliation with the maker or anything).
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...r__D81892.html
    I had one of those and didn't know what it was for. Now I will look for it when I get home. Thanks for the reminder.
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    I round a lot of the corners off on most of my quilts, looks nicer and falls off the bed better.
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    Thank you for sharing that great idea.

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    Great tip-thanks!
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    Corners are rarely my problem. My problem comes when I try to join my binding when I get to the beginning again. I ALWAYS screw up!
    MistyMarie

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    I insert a pin in the corner, before I get to it, with about 1/2 inch and I stop when I get to the pin, then do the turn it and etc to make the miters..........I find the 1/2 inche works better than the 1/4 inch, on those corners.
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    thank you for the tips

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    Thanks for the info. I am getting better at the binding, but now I can improve even more!

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    I've found the secret to good bindings is Elmer's School Glue. I learned the technique from Sharon Schamber's youtube videos. It makes doing bindings a breeze. I use the technique to match patterns. I love striped bindings and this enables you to match the stripes on the bias perfectly. Here are the links to the 3 videos.
    Binding the Angel - Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PE0Yq9iGlc
    Binding the Angel - Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3vHI...eature=related
    Binding the Angel - Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W--xg...eature=related
    Hope this helps.
    Dolly


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