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Thread: Am I the only 1 who hates binding?

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    Super Member Country1's Avatar
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    Am I the only one who doesn't like to bind? Maybe, it's b/c I'm doing it all wrong or something. I presently have 4 quilts that only need to be bind, but I haven't been able to bring myself to do it.
    Any get in the mood to bind advice out there?

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    Sorry I can't help you. Binding is my favorite part, I think, because I know the quilt is almost finished.

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    I saw a really good video on binding quilt, that someone else posted last wee - it was done by a professional quilter. I didn't like all her professional techniques, but I did get a few good ones out of it, and tried them this weekend. It made my binding go so much easier and quicker. I think there is 2 or 3 parts to it...was very interesting to watch.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PE0Yq9iGlc

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    I like to bind. It gives me something to do while watching TV, taking lunch breaks and shorter breaks at work. I take the wall hangings and smaller quilts to work with me at that stage to work on.

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    I agree, plus it's something I can do at night while I'm watching tv with dh, anything else quilting related I do off in my own quilting room.
    Quote Originally Posted by cherylynne
    Sorry I can't help you. Binding is my favorite part, I think, because I know the quilt is almost finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    Am I the only one who doesn't like to bind? Maybe, it's b/c I'm doing it all wrong or something. I presently have 4 quilts that only need to be bind, but I haven't been able to bring myself to do it.
    Any get in the mood to bind advice out there?
    I've heard several people say they hate doing binding. I actually love it. Maybe I will go into business for myself, just doing binding for others...LOL. I actually wouldnt mind it.

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    I don't like binding either. I tend to mess it up when I sew it on. The more I do it, the better it looks but still I'd much rather not do it.

    I'm thinking about doing the pillowcase method on my next kids quilt and see if that looks ok.

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    I also look forward to the binding. It means I will finally have finished off another UFO, WIP, ugly or major thorn in my side project. I can move on to tackle another challenge, or start something new and fresh that has been gnawing a hole in my brain. Choose the binding method that is the simplest for you to complete. Heck with mitered corners! Just bind the sides, then bind the top and bottoms. I have never had anyone that chastised me because I did not miter.

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    it's like the GRAND FINALE, you know it's almost done & it's just around the corner!

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    There are quilters that charge a fee for binding your quilts....

    I know, I think it's mainly procrastination/or distraction...sometimes I put it off for a couple of days and then I commit myself to finishing my project, sort of like a discipline effort.
    The quilt isn't a quilt, til the binding gets done.

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    Here is my trick. I am totally a cheater!! I machine stitch on both sides and use fabric for the back that will blend with the thread. I have learned the hard way that I can not stitch straight! I also bought the binding tool - many say that it is the same as doing the math - but for some reason it helps me a ton!

    Good luck - they say it comes with practice! :)

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    I hate making the binding! Takes forever, all that ironing, making it one long strip. Sheesh.

    But once it is attached, its my favorite part the grand finale. I love folding it over and stiching it closed. its the final step. onces its done I have my beauty, my prize! Besides it sews on in no time at all. Takes me about an hour to completely bind it and for me that is AWESOME!

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    I love to do the binding. It is very relaxing for me.

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    I'm not keen on the handstitching, so I machine stitch mine now :)

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    I usually put it off, but when I just sit down and do it, it's never that bad!
    What part of it do you most dislike?

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    I hate it too! I even machine stitch my bindings... and still have to self -bribe to do it. For me its because there is no creative discovery left ... its just ... a chore.
    My most effective bribes are ... a trip to the LQS ...... chocolate... getting to start a new quilt.... a new gadget.... etc.

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    Its definitely not my favorite part, but I do like the fact that I can do it while watching tv, or riding in the car, or sometimes take it to work---times when I don't feel like dragging out the sewing machine or the table for cutting/piecing etc. Sometimes you just gotta make yourself do it! LOL! or you could send it out...there are people who do binding services! :) Good luck!!

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    Binding is one of my favourite parts of quilting. I love how it frames the quilt and completes it. Try checking out binding tutes and here is a link to a great way of stitching down the back:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-40083-1.htm

    Before you know it you'll be binding up a storm....Hang in there!

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    I like hand stitching the binding. It is something to do while watching TV.

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    I LOVE binding! I love it even more since I bought a walking foot for my sewing machine. I really enjoy hand stitching the back as well. Plus it's exciting knowing how close I am to another finished quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfabrics
    I saw a really good video on binding quilt, that someone else posted last wee - it was done by a professional quilter. I didn't like all her professional techniques, but I did get a few good ones out of it, and tried them this weekend. It made my binding go so much easier and quicker. I think there is 2 or 3 parts to it...was very interesting to watch.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PE0Yq9iGlc
    Just watched all three parts; great ideas! thnx for sharing :thumbup:

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    I have a love/hate relationship with binding. I hate to do it but love that it means the quilt is finished. I don't do any hand work and since someone introduced me to this youtube, I can do binding with less hate.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jw0E...eature=related

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    No you are not. Now I put on a 2 1/2 inch binding and sew it down from the top with my walking foot and stitch lenght 3. If you take 3 inches it is even easier. After I hand sewn it down on my first two quilts I resorted to this. If I do hand sewing I like to do it in quilting or applique but not binding.

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    I don't like stitching it to the back either, but I am also not good at machine stitching so I don't do that either. I will stitch the binding to the front and then leave it for awhile. Then I will get tired of looking at the quilt just sitting there and the only thing that needs done is the binding sewn on that I will go ahead and take the time to do it! Its not even like it really takes me a long time to do it, I just don't like doing it. I think it is hand sewing in general. However I was thinking about making myself a challenge for next year. Every other month I HAVE to spend the whole month hand sewing, whether it be piecing a quilt (maybe finish that GMFG I started last year) or just doing binding. However that is still eight and a half months away, plenty of time to change my mind. :)

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    Definitely not! I can't seem to get it right and it gets tiring for sure. I keep working on it and someday it might actually come out right LOL!

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