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Thread: 2 1/2" binding, how wide do I sew it? 1/4"? 3/8"? ??

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    I'm binding a quilt today (DSD Christmas present) and only have 2" widths left for binding. Will use scant 1/4 inch and hand sew to back (fingers crossed).
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    Well here's what has worked for me.I only use 21/4 bindings on small wall hangings and table runners and do the 21/2 bindings for the larger bed quilts.....I like the look of hand stitched bindings unless it's a kids floor quilt and then maybe I would machine it......
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    I use 2.75" binding with a 3/8" seam allowance, adjusted slightly depending on thickness. Instead of doing a sample to test, I set the stitch length to a little longer and start my sewing of the binding a smidge inside 3/8" and sew for about 8-10". Then I reach back and test the turn of the binding, which is my opinion should be completely filled with quilt and turn to the point of the stitch line on the back. I set the stitch length to normal and make the adjustment in the seam allowance. Rarely do I have to remove the stitches because the seam is too wide, but if I do they are bigger and easy to remove. If the first stitching was too narrow, then when I get back around to that side, I just sew past the original start point for 8-10" until I overlap where the right width is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i cut my binding strips at 2.25" and sew a .25" seam
    Ditto for me.
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    I agree with mucky that your binding needs to be full. there are two ways that I think about this---the first is that I sew a 1/4" seam from the edge of the top piece sewing binding on, THEN trim all thicknesses to 3/8" before turning to the back to handstitch down. Or sometimes I get impatient/stupid and trim first to 3/8" them sew binding on at 3/8". The whole idea to me is to have your binding feel full with no feeling of only the 2 thicknesses of binding fabric hanging out there together---needs to be thick to the edge of binding.

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    Wanted to remind you to fold the binding (and press) before sewing to your quilt. I use a 1/4 inch seam.

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    I use a 1/4 inch binding as well, before getting started make sure u have somewhat evenly cut around your quilt so you have a good idea of where to sew that looks nice and even!

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    I used to press my bindings before sewing them on, but found that they actually turn out better if I don't press first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I used to press my bindings before sewing them on, but found that they actually turn out better if I don't press first!
    I do pin or baste the binding edges together so they stay even before sewing the binding to the quilt.

    The center fold is actually 'off' a bit by the time the binding is folded to the unsewn side. The outer layer has a longer distance to go than the inner layer of the binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose View Post
    I always use my 1/4" foot for the first seam. It gives me a nice straight edge and I don't cut off my points!
    I agree. My favorite width of binding.

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    Again, this depends on the thickness you are working with ... I've had flannel binding that needed to be cut at 3" but I fought it with the 2.5 rather than take it all off. I find that using the edge of my walking foot gives me a nice binding.

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