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Thread: Another binding question....

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    Another binding question....

    I am one that prefers to hand stitch my binding to the back of my quilts because I prefer the look over the stitches showing as another row, or the look of decorative stitches on the front of the binding. So, that being said has anyone ever used a "stitch in the ditch" foot to apply binding? I'm referring to the second stitching, either on the front or on the back. This was a thought that came to me as I was stitching in the ditch with that foot.
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    Yes, that's how I do it. I cut the binding 2.25 inches, and do not press. Sew it to the front with not quite a 3/8" seam (width of the foot I use). Iron 3 times: first to set the stitches, second to just fold the binding over (but still don't press the crease in the binding) and the third time to do the fold over and set the crease. Then i SITD from the front. Normally, I don't even need to pin or glue the binding, just keep it folded over with my hand. Oh, I stop ironing about 3 inches from the corners and deal with them as I come to them with the SITD.
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    I use the walking foot to apply binding to the front. I also hand-stitch to the back. I usually cut the binding either 2-1/4 or 2-1/2 inches.
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    I also prefer to turn the binding to the back and hand stitch. But for charity quilts I sew the binding to the back and bring it to the front. Then I use my waking foot, with the "stitch in the ditch" attachment, and move the needle to the right to make an even row of stitches. The SID attachment controls the distance of the stitches from the edge of the binding.

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    If I sew binding to the front, I hand stitch in the back. I can never get the binding edge caught perfectly when machine sewing from the front and if I machine sew the binding edge from the back, I don't like how it looks on the front.
    If I sew the binding to the back, I use a decorative stitch on the front. I do like to use Charisma's quick machine binding with flange tutorial from QB also. You will have to try your SITD foot and tell us how it works.

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    I have always sewed to the the back and pulled to the front. I find when the binding in machine sewn down to the front the binding lies flat and looks smooth and even. I use a thread that matches the binding and machine stitch it down a hair or two from the fold. It takes practice but I can now "eye ball" when sewing binding to the front.
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    Re: matching thread-I may use monofilament thread. Is that cheating?

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    I have machine stitched my binding on several quilts. I fold the binding to the back and pin from the front right in the "ditch" and then sew. usually use walking foot but not always. The last couple I've done, i've sew onto the back and folded to the front and stitched. but then, that's just me.

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    I do mine very similar to PaperPrincess, except I use 2 1/2" and I do not press before I use the SITD foot to sew from the front. Sew folded binding to front, roll over the edge and SITD. I can feel where my back edge is and rarely miss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyl View Post
    Re: matching thread-I may use monofilament thread. Is that cheating?
    I know nothing about monofilament thread, but I do know most of us need to "cheat" (experiment) more!

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    Almost all of my quilts are done with the stitch in the ditch foot for the second stitching , with mono filament thread. I use a 2 1/4 inch cut for my binding width. Some baste the binding in place prior to the second stitching with elmers glue.. I use steam a seam that comes on a roll 1/4 inch wide to hold the binding exactly in place for the stitching. I find it fast and less messy than glue, and more precise.
    Last edited by Lori S; 02-19-2013 at 09:07 AM.

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    Paperprincess wanted to let you know that I tried your way of binding and found that I can do it. I sure am glad to find a way to not have to hand sew the binding to the back. It worked and I so appreciate you sharing your way. This board and it's peeps rocks!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyl View Post
    Re: matching thread-I may use monofilament thread. Is that cheating?
    OOOH I do NOT like that word: cheating. too strong! A dad at my son's soccer game told me I was cheating (loudly, TWICE) because I machine quilt. I could not reach him with my foot to kick him in the shins. He will NEVER get a quilt from me! No quilt police...no one will say: I dont' want this quilt because you used monofilament thread on the binding!....Ok, I am off my soap box now! Thanks for letting me vent!
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