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Thread: Binding advice please

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    Binding advice please

    Hopefully today I will finish quilting my latest project, and get ready to bind the quilt. In all the years I have quilted, I finished them off the way someone taught me, by turning the backing over to the front, and sewing. Because I wanted this one to be reversible, and the backing wouldn't work with the patchwork front, I will be using binding. I have heard this is not as easy as it looks..Any advice or suggestions before I begin the process? I have purchased binding to use (double fold)
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    That's how I started binding quilts. A good friend taught me that when you get to the corners, be sure to stop before you reach that seam allowance. Then fold and start again down the next side. It's much easier to show you. Wish you lived closer to Winter Garden. I practiced with a piece of large ribbon first before doing a quilt with the binding. See if there's a tutorial either here on the board or Utube. That should help.
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    It took me a few tries to get binding but once I figured it out, I don't usually have too much trouble. I say usually because twice this weekend I sewed my binding in the wrong direction! Check on youtube, there are several videos showing you how to do binding. I had some trouble with the double fold binding I purchased when I first started, it was so stiff I had a hard time sewing with it. That's actually why I started making my own. There are probably some tutorials on this site as well. Good luck and let us know how you make out.
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    Sharon Schamber has a great video on doing binding, and she is the BEST! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE
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    It is so easy and much quicker to bind to the front with a machine. The owner of a LQS who has her own fabric line - patterns, etc etc and is in many of the popular magazines, taught us how. NO you won't get a Blue ribbon with this technique, but it is neat and you can be done. I do admire all the hand work a lot of ladies do and I do hand sew bindings to the back on table runners, etc. Do a SEARCH on this board and you will find pictures/tutes and information. Nancy Zimmerman does a front binding on some pot holders and that is exactly what you do on a quilt. I prefer not to make a wide binding to the front, but you will learn what you like. Have fun with it!

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    Here is a link (hopefully) that craftybear posted, great step by step pictures and explanation.

    http://comfortstitching.typepad.co.u...g-binding.html

    If the link doesn't work, you might have to copy and paste it into your browser bar.

    Good luck, binding isn't that difficult and gives such a nice finishing touch. This is a straight binding, not around curved edges. For that you would need a bias binding tutorial and there is one on this board under tutorials.

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    First of all.......binding isn't difficult at all. It is just something that takes time. I find it really satisfying because when it is on the QUILT IS FINISHED!! Follow a tutorial and you will be amazed!

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    try www.quiterstv.com and under Quilters Cafe - search down for the video on binding

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    I was also taught to fold over the back to the front but, since I started using binding a few years ago I would never go back. There are a lot of tutorials on the web just google quilt binding.
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    I sew to the back first, fold over to front...then I figure out exactly where I want the needle to hit on the binding, usually 1/16th from the folded edge. I use the stitch in the ditch foot and let the flange ride right along the folded edge of the binding and the needle set just inside the fold. I never pin, I sew straight through, and I am can bind a queen sized quilt in about and hour, including making the binding. This has come with practice...but it is the easiest and the sturdiest method I have found. If it is a child's quilt or one that will be washed often, I use this method. If it is a fancy quilt to be inspected, I will sew to the front and hand stitch to the back...but after method number 1, method number 2 sure seems like a real pain and sewwwwwwwwwww slow!
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    She makes the binding process so much easier. Once i found this method I have not looked back.

    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg View Post
    Sharon Schamber has a great video on doing binding, and she is the BEST! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE

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    There are many great tutorials on the web for doing binding. Leah Day had finishing a quilt with machine sewn binding this week on her quilt a long. Charismah has a great binding technique on QB under Quick machine binding with flange. I usually sew my straight of grain, double fold binding to the front and hand stitch to the back. If I want a machine binding, I use Charismah's method. The only time I use bias binding is if I'm doing curves or scallops. Find a method you think you would like to try and bind a couple of pot holders to see if it works for you.

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    Great question and ladies, you never fail to provide the best links/videos to every problem/question. I have bookmarked all the recommendations. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
    She makes the binding process so much easier. Once i found this method I have not looked back.
    Once I found this method, I haven't looked back. Makes it sew much easier and faster to do binding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GEMRM View Post
    Here is a link (hopefully) that craftybear posted, great step by step pictures and explanation.

    http://comfortstitching.typepad.co.u...g-binding.html

    If the link doesn't work, you might have to copy and paste it into your browser bar.

    Good luck, binding isn't that difficult and gives such a nice finishing touch. This is a straight binding, not around curved edges. For that you would need a bias binding tutorial and there is one on this board under tutorials.
    That's actually French fold binding and won't help Pat at all. Double fold and French fold are two different things and 90% of the tutorials you'll find are for French fold binding even if they call it double fold.

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    It took me a while but I finally found the page that shows the difference between double fold and French fold binding.

    http://www.sewing.org/html/biasbinding.html

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    I would watch any video you can to demonstrate binding - there are multiple tools and ways to bind a quilt - I had the best luck with watching Holice (the same one on this site) and his method of binding - once you get it - its easy - just find the way that works for you and practice.

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    Thank you so much everyone!! I will check it all out before I begin binding. I really want this quilt to come out nice, since in all the years I have been quilting, it is the first one I have made for myself!! I knew I could count on the QB family for assistance!!

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    I LOVE binding a quilt. Don't be intimidated. The one step that I suggest is that once you finish folding over the corner, sew a few inches and stop. take the quilt out and test if the binding folds over to the other side and creates a nice mitered corner. If not, just use the seam ripper and try again.

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    Its not as hard as it looks there are some great tutorials on you tube and the web

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    The only thing I can add is advice I was given by a master quilter: once the binding is attached to one side of the quilt, press it away from the quilt body. This will make hand sewing it to the other side much easier since the binding will "roll" to the side you are sewing it to. I tried it on my current binding project and it has made a major difference in the ease of sewing. No fighting with the binding to turn it over.
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    Again what is so nice about quilting you can figure what what works best for you. Binding isn't hard just takes a little time. Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg View Post
    Sharon Schamber has a great video on doing binding, and she is the BEST! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE
    That is a good one but I also enjoy viewing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buCKs-Fgvb4. I just try to follow the experts. Good Luck

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    I sew to the front and hand stitch to the back. I like doing my bindings. Locally I teach a Better Binding class, at one time it was posted here on the QB as a tutorial, but I can't find it anymore. I still have the word doc. if anyone is interested.
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    I have found that doing a binding is all in practice.The "king sz." quilt I am binding right now I am going to show in the quilt show. Otherwise I "Might" sew it on the maching !!! The quilts I made for the kids for xmas I sewed the binding by machine, it is sooooo much easier. I sew on the front with montifilment thread & I use a rather sm. zig-zag stitch. They came out nice. When ever I get stumped for a process the first thing I do is look in my own books. I do better with it right in front of me to "FOLLOW.I have a lovely sewing rm. in the basement, but it is nice to set in my chair in the sunshine. That is where I am going to sew the binding today. I need to get to it!!! Good day Rowena101

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