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Thread: #2 Secret to Good Bindings

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    #2 Secret to Good Bindings

    There was always a problem for me to determine the exact place to stop when approaching the end of side of the quilt to the corner. All instructions say to stop at the point that is the width of the seam allowance. Usually this is stop at 1/4" from the end since the seam allowance was 1/4". Whatever the width, one should stop that distance from the end. I have most of the gadgets that help determine this point but I either couldn't find them or lost them etc etc etc.
    One day I accidently did the following:
    When you get to about 3"-4" from the end, fold the binding back on itself lining its fold up with the edge of the quilt.
    Then fold the binding strip to the left making a 45 degree fold on the top. This fold gives you a guide where to stop whether it is 1/4" or 3/8" or whatever. You can either make a mark along the edge of just hold it until the needle is approaching the fold. Then (and this is important), stop about 2 stitches before you get to the fold or line and backstitch a couple stitches. Cut threads and take out of the machine. This 2 stitch opening allows for the multiple folds when you turn the binding to the back for the mitre. It is the same principle as the scant 1/4" in piecing. Space should be left to accommodate the fold which takes up space. Then refold the binding strop to the right and down to make the mitre. Start the next seam by putting the needle just inside the edge to hold al the strips until you line up for the next seam.
    Be sure the edges of this fold are even or the mitre will not fold in a good 45 degree angle.
    Last edited by PatriceJ; 11-29-2011 at 02:47 PM.

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    Thank you, this is a great tip.
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    OH Mr. Turnbow, I can't thank you enough!! I'm sending a quilt to the LAQ today. I've made it for my sister but want to enter it in a couple of shows next year. Of course, next comes the scary binding! I've always had trouble with that but you explain it soooo well!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Thanks a lot for this information. A biggg help.

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    Just watched this demonstration. Thanks so much! It's very useful.

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    Great information, Holice, and thank you also for the link for more info from you!
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    Great hint. Will try it next time Thanks

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    Thanks for the link. Great info.

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    Great tips! Thanks so much. I'm sending a link to a friend.

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    Great tip! My miters are not as precise as I'd like them to be. This might be the difference maker. Thanks, K

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    The light bulb went on!! Thanks!

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    This folding back process is how Sharon Schamber shows on her glue binding video. Sures makes for better miterd corners.

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    Was the link removed? I don't see one and am having a problem envisioning what was described. I am too much of a visual learner (

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    That's a great tip, thank you!
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    Great tip no marking or guessing
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    Thanks, I hope this helps me. I have so much trouble with bindings!

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    I agree. I will have to try this to improve my corners. Thank you!

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    I'll give this one a go on the next 'masterpiece'. I have all the gadgets that sometimes work, so often rely on working 'by eye',which is usually OK until it comes to exhibiting the piece. Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjk0326 View Post
    Was the link removed? I don't see one and am having a problem envisioning what was described. I am too much of a visual learner (
    I don't see a link either!! Was thinking 'is it me???'
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    Great tip-thank you!
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    Thanks for that tip. I also have trouble with making exact miters.
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    Thank you for a great piece of advice!!!

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    Thanks for the tip. I have only made six quilts and a couple wall hangings. When I get to the binding I look at all the sites that have videos. My bindings have improved tremendously, but now they will be even better. Thanks again.

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    Well said, good tip

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    I'd like to see a video on this too!

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