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Old 08-29-2020, 08:20 PM
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This week I bound 8 bed runners. I wanted to try Donna Jordan’s method that she demos on YouTube. It worked pretty well for me! I sewed onto the front, wrapped around, then stitched in the ditch on the front and hoped it caught the binding on the back. And it did 99% of the time. I think I may be switching to this method. The only thing I struggled with was the binding coming out different widths on different parts of the quilt. I think part of it was the huge amount of bulk in my quilts (stabilized knit shirts with flannel back). Would you consider this a success? I hope you can see how the binding on the back gets wider and narrower, and the stitching line seems to be closer to the edge and then further away. Any advice for this (that doesn’t involve hand stitching)?
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Old 08-30-2020, 05:57 AM
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The uneven binding size on the back when stitching from the front and sometimes missing the edge is why I use Charisma’s quick machine binding with flange. I think you did the best you could with what you had.
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Old 08-30-2020, 06:31 AM
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Did you post a picture? I don't see one. After trying to do what is the rule of sewing binding I decided to heck with it and did it my way. I know how I want it to look so that's how I sew it.
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Old 08-30-2020, 06:43 AM
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I thought I posted the pic. Sorry.
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Old 08-30-2020, 06:56 AM
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I like to hand sew my binding and find it very relaxing but I do know that a lot of quilters sew their binding on by machine.
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Old 08-30-2020, 07:03 AM
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Done is success in my book. It looks good. It can be difficult to get the perfect fold on the edge and then stitch down.

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Old 08-30-2020, 07:11 AM
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Have you tried gluing the binding to the back before stitching it from the front? That way you would know where it was before you started sewing ?

I have not tried it - but I think someone told me that is how she does it.
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Old 08-30-2020, 09:27 AM
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I bind my quilts the way you did. I find the Clover clips helpful because they have the little measuring marks on them. Helps keep me straight. Yours does look very good. I probably would do them by hand if they were exceptionally beautiful, but for quilts that are going to be used and washed, I think this is a sturdier finish.
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This is how I finish my quilts, using the front extended to fold back. It's a little tedious, but I use a decorative stitch, sometimes metellic thread!
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Old 08-30-2020, 12:46 PM
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I have not tried to do a machine binding from the front as you describe. I have tried the fanged binding and that worked alright as long as I was very very careful. For me the most accurate binding is where I sew front sides together of quilt to binding, turn it over to the back and stitch it by hand. It never fails. It takes a bit, a lot of a bit, longer to finish but never fails. A 2 1/2" strip on the bias works everytime.

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