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

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

    So, how wide do I sew it to the back when I want to machine sew it to the front? Thank you, Jeanne
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    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!

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    2-1/2 inch strips should be sewn with a 3/8 inch seam.

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    I sew 1/4 inch whether my binding is 2 1/2 or 2 1/4.

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    i use a 3 inch double fold sewn with1/4 inch seam hand stitch to the back---never go back to the smaller as this flips over soo much more easily

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    I always use a 1/4" seam when sewing on binding as I do when piecing.

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    I sew about a 3/8 inch seam, which is the width of my normal foot. It seems to work well for me.

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    As you can see, lots of ways to do it. I move the binding so that its edge is 1/4" from the edge of the quilt sandwich, then sew with scant 1/4" seam, then sew the back by hand. I wind up with a 1/2" binding. I move the binding closer to the edge if the quilt sandwich is thicker than usual.

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    i cut my binding strips at 2.25" and sew a .25" seam
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    I mostly use 2 1/2 inch binding and use 1/4 seam. then I flip it to the back and pin from the front right next to the binding, making sure to catch the binding on the back. then machine stitch. good luck.
    if i hand stitch it on the back, i sometimes cut 2 1/4 inch binding. still stitch 1/4 seam though.

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    2 1/2" binding should have a 3/8" seam to get perfect corners. I think the 1/4" seam produces sloppier looking finished corners. Just my opinion after testing both some time back.
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    You can use either 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch. Honestly, it's both a personal preference and somewhat of a dependence on what kind of batting you used. If you use a very thin batting, 3/8 inch works just fine. For a thicker batting, you might have better luck with 1/4 inch.

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    I agree with IAmCatOwned, if I use warm and natural I do a 2.5 with 3/8 inch (just happens to be the width of my walking foot with needle set over) works great and when turned the binding is same size on both front and back. BUT, it really really depends on the batting. I just love that we all have different ways but they all work....

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    I agree with a lot of the people here. It depends on the batting. I usually use Warm and Natural, which is fairly thin but has a nice heft and density. Sewing 1/4" around for the binding is ok with that batting, for a smaller quilt. When I make a large quilt, I use 3/8". That gives me a little extra wiggle room for getting the whole thing through the machine, while it's pulling to the side. I don't end up with a wiggly line, but the machine has more to hold on to when I use a 3/8" seam for the binding. My 1/4" seam allowance doesn't cover the second walking foot. I like 1/4" for the binding on the front because my backings are usually solid, so a wider binding is actually nicer looking.

    And even if I had a smaller quilt, but was using a higher loft batting, I'd move over to 3/8" for the same reason.
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    You don't want any flat area on the binding it needs to be full. A 2.5" bind ing should be sewed 3/8'inch. A 2.25" binding should be sewed .25". Having said that you sometimes need to take I to account the batting thickness. The top and back binding edges should end in the same place.

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    It really depends on the width of your batting. If you have very thin batting, you might want to sew with a 1/2" seam. If you have mid-loft batting, you might want to sew with a 1/4" seam. If unsure, create a sample quilt sandwich, sew on a scrap piece of binding, and see if you can turn it to the opposite side and have the turned binding end where you want it.

    One thing to keep in mind if you plan to miter the corners (which is what most quilters do) is that you *must* stop your seam the same distance from the edge as the width of your seam allowance. If you sew a 1/4" seam, stop sewing 1/4" from the edge in order to have a good miter. If you sew a 3/8" seam, stop sewing 3/8" from the edge. If you sew a 1/2" seam, stop sewing 1/2" from the edge. Otherwise your miters will not work out.

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    I am just happy and proud for you Jeanne - I know binding isn't your favorite thing to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjtinkle View Post
    2-1/2 inch strips should be sewn with a 3/8 inch seam.
    I was taught this way as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i cut my binding strips at 2.25" and sew a .25" seam
    That's how I do it. I find the 2 -1/2 too wide when a 1/4 inch seam is used to attach the binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    That's how I do it. I find the 2 -1/2 too wide when a 1/4 inch seam is used to attach the binding.
    I too cut my binding at 2 1/4" and sew a 1/4" seam. I used to cut it 2 1/2" with 1/4" seam and it always came out uneven.
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    I agree with piepatch. I always use a 1/4" seam when sewing on the binding. Never thought to use any other.

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    I don't trim my batting and backing until the binding is sewn on. I sew a 1/4" seam (using my 1/4" foot), no matter the width of binding, and then trim the batting and backing accordingly, usually 1/2" from the seam line for 2 1/2" binding. I like really stuffed bindings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    It really depends on the width of your batting. If you have very thin batting, you might want to sew with a 1/2" seam. If you have mid-loft batting, you might want to sew with a 1/4" seam. If unsure, create a sample quilt sandwich, sew on a scrap piece of binding, and see if you can turn it to the opposite side and have the turned binding end where you want it.


    One thing to keep in mind if you plan to miter the corners (which is what most quilters do) is that you *must* stop your seam the same distance from the edge as the width of your seam allowance. If you sew a 1/4" seam, stop sewing 1/4" from the edge in order to have a good miter. If you sew a 3/8" seam, stop sewing 3/8" from the edge. If you sew a 1/2" seam, stop sewing 1/2" from the edge. Otherwise your miters will not work out.

    Ditto. It's always better to use a scrap sandwich to help figure out what is going to work the best for the batting being used. It also allows me to check my stitch length to make sure it is what I need with adding the two layers of double fold binding to the three layers of the sandwich - total of five layers (vs the stitch length for quilting when you have 3 layers). Your mitered corners will look perfectly fine as long as you follow the above suggestions for stopping your seam from the edge. Good luck to you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by batikmystique View Post
    Ditto. It's always better to use a scrap sandwich to help figure out what is going to work the best for the batting being used. It also allows me to check my stitch length to make sure it is what I need with adding the two layers of double fold binding to the three layers of the sandwich - total of five layers (vs the stitch length for quilting when you have 3 layers). Your mitered corners will look perfectly fine as long as you follow the above suggestions for stopping your seam from the edge. Good luck to you!

    The practice piece is always a good idea.

    When I use a 2.5 inch batting with warm and natural batting - I use a smidge wider than 3/8 inch seam - but I prefer wider bindings.

    It also depends on how much you want the binding to wrap around the back - do you want it to barely cover the first stitching? Do you want it to be wider on the back than on the front?

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    I would use a 2 1/4 with a 1/4 inch seam if machine sewing it on. From my last quilt experience, I was short on fabric so I did 2 1/4 when I usually do 2 1/2 and it meets evenly front and back. I'm hand tacking but if I were to machine sew it it would hit perfectly. I would test it....only takes a few stitches! Happy quilting!!
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