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    Junior Member laadw's Avatar
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    I have tendonitis and it is very hard for me to do the tiny stiches required to bind a quilt. What are some other options out there for me.

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    I have arthritis and fibromyalgia in my hands. I machine sew my bindings on. Sew the binding to the back of the quilt and bring it around to the front. You can use a decorative stitch to sew it down, a blanket stitch, zig zag... It is also an opportunity to use varigated threads, you can match the thread to the binding,use invisible, or zing it up with a contrasting color.

    Some sew the binding to the front, wrap to the back and pin, glue baste, etc... Then you stitch in the ditch on the front side by machine. I struggle with this method, as it is hard to see what is going on in the back...if the binding is laying straight and even, unless I glue baste it down first.

    There may be a few hand stitches needed in the seams of the mitered corners.

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    I do similar to amma's plan, except, I sew mine down on the back first. Then I turn it to the front and use a decorative stitch to tack the binding down. THis seems to give me a little more control of where the stitches land on the front. With decorative stitches, it just adds another dimension on the back. But my quilts are utilitarian in nature. Nothing fancy.

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    You can also finish with no binding at all in one of three methods that I know of: the envelope method (before quilting), the turned edge method (after quilting), or the escape hatch method (before quilting and usually used for small pieces). All can be done entirely by machine.

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    Excellent suggestions!

    I do know there is a sewing machine foot out there that is made for sewing on machine binding. A few of us got one for a dear friend of mine, though I cannot remember the name or brand of it after a couple years. (My memory goes more and more each day.)

    What was I saying? :lol:

    If you are using a fabric that compliments the front of your quilt, you can leave your backing fabric several inches longer than the front, turn under and iron a seam allowance, then sew it to the front of the quilt using your machine. I've seen a lot of older quilts done in this manner.

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    Is that a foot that sews on wider single fold binding?

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    These are all great suggestions. I have used the type where you sew the right sides together, leave an opening, and then pull the quilt out. But that was before I learned how to stipple. I wasn't sure I could do that method now. I love the decorative stich idea. I have a finished quilt with the binding sewn to the back only. That method will be a great way to finally finish the front. I will have to look up some of the other suggested methods to get clearer instructions. Thanks. I knew this forum would be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I do similar to amma's plan, except, I sew mine down on the back first. Then I turn it to the front and use a decorative stitch to tack the binding down. THis seems to give me a little more control of where the stitches land on the front. With decorative stitches, it just adds another dimension on the back. But my quilts are utilitarian in nature. Nothing fancy.

    I just finished a table runner and wall hanging using the above method but used straight stitch instead of deco stitch. Was really slick and neat looking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Is that a foot that sews on wider single fold binding?
    I don't know. I just know it sewed the binding on both the back and the front at the same time, or at least that's how I think it worked. I guess I should email my girlfriend and ask.

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    Depending about your financial situation, you could also pay someone to do the binding by hand. You do all the attaching, they just do the final hand part (I'll do it!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I do similar to amma's plan, except, I sew mine down on the back first. Then I turn it to the front and use a decorative stitch to tack the binding down. THis seems to give me a little more control of where the stitches land on the front. With decorative stitches, it just adds another dimension on the back. But my quilts are utilitarian in nature. Nothing fancy.

    I just finished a table runner and wall hanging using the above method but used straight stitch instead of deco stitch. Was really slick and neat looking!
    I would love to see a photo of this to get a better idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    Depending about your financial situation, you could also pay someone to do the binding by hand. You do all the attaching, they just do the final hand part (I'll do it!)
    I've offered to do this for a few of my friends. I love putting on binding & tend to be very quick when putting it on, or maybe it just seems that way since I'm usually watching (listening) to the tv at the same time. In fact, I've tried to get someone to switch with me. I'll do their binding if they'll sandwich my quilt. Sadly, no one has taken me up on the offer. I guess I'm not the only one who hates to sandwich quilts. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany
    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    Depending about your financial situation, you could also pay someone to do the binding by hand. You do all the attaching, they just do the final hand part (I'll do it!)
    I've offered to do this for a few of my friends. I love putting on binding & tend to be very quick when putting it on, or maybe it just seems that way since I'm usually watching (listening) to the tv at the same time. In fact, I've tried to get someone to switch with me. I'll do their binding if they'll sandwich my quilt. Sadly, no one has taken me up on the offer. I guess I'm not the only one who hates to sandwich quilts. :P
    I wish we lived closer :D:D:D I would happily trade with you :D:D:D

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    I also use the method of putting the binding on the back of the quilt first and then turning it to the front. If you dont want it to show, use the "invisible" thread .. I use zigzag OR the blind hem stitch most of the time to sew it down on front.This works with mitered corners too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    You can also finish with no binding at all in one of three methods that I know of: the envelope method (before quilting), the turned edge method (after quilting), or the escape hatch method (before quilting and usually used for small pieces). All can be done entirely by machine.
    Can anyone give me an explanation of these methods. I tried to look them up but can't find anything good that explains it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laadw
    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    You can also finish with no binding at all in one of three methods that I know of: the envelope method (before quilting), the turned edge method (after quilting), or the escape hatch method (before quilting and usually used for small pieces). All can be done entirely by machine.
    Can anyone give me an explanation of these methods. I tried to look them up but can't find anything good that explains it.
    I have no idea what the escape hatch method is. I get a mental image of someone leaving their quilt at a friends (for her to finish up) and sneaking out the back door. :lol:

    The envelope method is where you sew the pieces together, right sides together, leaving a 1-2 foot section undone. Then you turn them inside out, just like you would for a pillowcase, and once done sew the open section either by hand or with a running stitch or decorative stitch.

    I'm not sure about the turned edge, but I'm assuming it means you whip stitch the front and back together, much like you would with English Paper Piecing.

    Hope that helps. I'm sure someone will post and correct me. ;)

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    I do my binding on the machine the way my mother taught me - sew it on the front, flip it to the back side and pin it just a hair beyond the binding bobbin stitches and then flip it to the front and stitch in the ditch. I really should use a decorative stitch though - I love that idea and it would definitely be great as a just in case your fabric shifts a hair when you are sewing... I had not thought of a decorative stitch but will the next time I'm binding anything!!

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    escape hatch finishing method. http://fibermania.blogspot.com/2005/...ch-finish.html
    envelope, or pillowcase finishing method. http://quilting.suite101.com/article...llowcase_style

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    I know of two methods for turned edge binding. One way: you make the backing larger than the top all the way around. After you quilt the quilt, you need to CAREFULLY SQUARE THE TOP AND BATTING ONLY. Trim the backing to a consistent size and turn the back under and to the front. Stitch it down. This is a single thickness binding and supposedly will wear out faster than standard double thickness.

    The other method is where you square and trim the batting after the top is quilted. Trim the top and the backing to the same width and larger than the batting, wide enough so you can fold each of them under and slip-stitch them together. There is a better chance of this type of seam to come open.

    Should the seams get ratty, you can always add a standard binding after the fact.

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