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Thread: BINDING, Do you turn from the back to the front or front to back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by supergma
    If I want to hand stitch the binding down, I sew to the front, turn to the back. If I am going to machine stitch it down, I do just the opposite.
    Ditto.

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    If finishing by hand, I machine sew it to the front and hand stitch to the back. If machine sewing (never really happy with that, some quilts just gotta get done) I stitch to the back and turn to the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Quote Originally Posted by supergma
    If I want to hand stitch the binding down, I sew to the front, turn to the back. If I am going to machine stitch it down, I do just the opposite.
    Here the same.

    Jan in VA
    Me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by supergma
    If I want to hand stitch the binding down, I sew to the front, turn to the back. If I am going to machine stitch it down, I do just the opposite.
    I do the same.

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    I prefer back to the front. Decorative finished can be put on the top whilst finishing.(I find hand stitching to the back boring as well as more difficult now that I have two numb fingers).Sometimes the choices are the simplest path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Quote Originally Posted by supergma
    If I want to hand stitch the binding down, I sew to the front, turn to the back. If I am going to machine stitch it down, I do just the opposite.
    Here the same.

    Jan in VA
    Me, too!

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    For me it depends on who the quilt is for. If it will be washed frequently , (baby or charity quilt) I stitch binding onto the back and machine stitch on the front. Otherwise I stitch to front and hand stitch to back.

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    I have done it both ways, but mostly back to front.

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    I usually stitch the front and then wrap to the back, but after seeing the recient fake piping binding tute I will be trying that next time.

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    It depends on the look I want so I do it both ways. I really think it is a personal preference.

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    Aman I am like you also.

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    I sew mine on the back, then the front. All by machine. In threads that go with the fabrics. :)

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    I do front to back, usually. Once I mistakenly sewed the binding to the back first and found it really didn't make any difference. So, there ya go :)

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    I turn to the front and use a decorative machine stitch to finish. Much easier!

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    i sew the binding on the front, then turn to the back to sew, either by hand or machine.......only one time did i sew to the front, when i tried to used a decorative stitch to sew it down.....never again, it was a mess..........gina

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamkasperi
    ok - silly question time - but why does it matter?
    I don't think it does, but I entered a front-stitched quilt in a judged show and the judges wrote on the critique sheet that binding should be blind stitched to the back. My hand stitching is pretty good, but there are enough flaws in it that I like my stitches that are big enough to catch a big toenail in to be hidden at the back instead of leaping out of the front.

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    I like to sew it to the back and then wrap it around to the front and machine stitch it. It comes out they way I like it and I don't have to hand stitch. If I have to hand stitch, the quilt will drag forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    When I hand-stitch one side, I go front to back.
    When I machine-stitch the whole thing, I go back to front.
    Me too.
    Front to back and handstitched down on most of my quilts.
    The back to front ones are kid and charity quilts and they get zig zaged down by machine, it looks good and it much quicker. May in Jersey

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    I like front to back. I do the machine stitch on things like baby quilts that will get "destroyed" and quilts I am not being fussy about. I just cannot get the binding to look good , to me, if I machine stitch it down

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    I sew to the front and turn to the back for hand stitching and do just the opposite for machine stitching.

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    Would anybody mind sharing up close pictures of a binding that was machine stitched with a decorative stitch? I would love to see!!

    Thanks.

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    Been said before, but I stitch to back first, turn to front and top stitch close to edge. I use the color thread that best matches the backing for the bobbin thread. The key to getting all of this really, really even is to trim the quilt edges accurately (very even), and make sure the binding tape is cut and pressed very accurately, the rest is just following the edges with your chosen seam allowance. Top stitching on the top gives a nice finish on the quilt top whichis the most seen of course.:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    I machine stitch to the front and wrap around to the back with a blind stitch.
    Me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by supergma
    If I want to hand stitch the binding down, I sew to the front, turn to the back. If I am going to machine stitch it down, I do just the opposite.
    ditto.

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    'Same here.

    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    I machine stitch to the front and wrap around to the back with a blind stitch.

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