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    Senior Member Nursesews's Avatar
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    Has anyone used the binding foot that will attach the binding to the quilt in one step?? Saw it on Fons and Porter today and it certaintly looked good. Any one use it or seen it used??

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    I was wondering the same thing. I can see how it could be useful for rounded or scalloped bindings, but what do you do about mitered corners? Hopefully someone out there has tried it and can comment on the pros/cons. :)

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    Yeah--how does it do the corners???

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    I use my walking foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    I use my walking foot.
    I use both of mine. :lol:

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    I use both of mine.
    This is hilarious! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I thought someone would get a kick out of that.

    (Anne is in one of her silly moods tonight)

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    LMBO I use both of mine too....

    I have used my binding foot for potholders, things with rounded corners, but would like to know how it would work for miters too

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    It sounds interesting, I hate doing all of them by hand!

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    I worked on that operation one time at the factory ... doing the binding around terry cloth bathrobes.
    I was never proficient at it - - not enough practice time ... I think that run was about ten days of work, and I got better, but I never really trusted that attachment to do what it said it was going to do.
    Maybe sometimes, a human spends too much time thinking about something and not relaxing enough to let the machine do what the machine was designed to do? LOL It is those blamed control issues again!

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    Haha! I just googled 'binding foot' and am getting lots of websites for Chinese foot binding, which does NOT sound nice!

    Will try again with the words 'for sewing machine' on the end!

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    I asked about one from my sewing store, and she said not worth the money, oh and that is for a brother machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reneebobby
    I asked about one from my sewing store, and she said not worth the money, oh and that is for a brother machine.
    Well, I went to the website, watched fifteen minutes of video or more, and I wouldn't spend a dime on that thing. Too much handling, messing, and just plain dinking around. Cut your bindings three inches wide, and a lot of the mystique and hassle disappears.
    The tool I used at the factory was actually a piece of metal (can't remember the names, but it was like a jig) that screwed into the machine. The bathrobe was on the left, the binding came in from the right and both seams were sewn at the same time. Had I known as much about quilting then, as I do now, I would have had a blast with that jig!
    If I think about it, I will look for the jig I mentioned and paste a link to it here.
    But, no .. I wouldn't buy the tool that was on that video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyKitty
    Yes, this sounds more promising, will look at video next.

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    I have the martelli binding foot package, and way too much of a learning curve for me!!!!!

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/Bernina-Quilt-Bi...742.m153.l1262

    This is what I was talking about. Attaches right to the machine. This particular one is for a Bernina.
    Haven't tried it yet, but it looks like if you type in the words
    quilt bias binding attachment
    you will find similar attachment for a variety of machines

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    http://thesewbox.blogspot.com/2009/0...nder-tape.html

    This lady has a number of entries about a binding foot ... I would think that if one machine company makes them, most of the others do also.
    I bought an old singer in a cabinet from a thrift store ... it had every attachment ever made for that machine. It looks like numerous binding feet came with the machine, as well as a ruffler, and many other things.
    You can find the foot you are looking for to help you apply binding in a single stitching.
    Good luck!

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    I have a binding foot for my Viking Designer SE. It doesn't work for mitered corners. I don't use it much, because mostly what I work on is quilts with mitered corners. It is nice, however, for whipping up a bunch of baby bibs and potholders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nellebelles
    I have a binding foot for my Viking Designer SE. It doesn't work for mitered corners. I don't use it much, because mostly what I work on is quilts with mitered corners. It is nice, however, for whipping up a bunch of baby bibs and potholders.
    I was looking at that one site where she showed how to go around a corner ... it looked like it would work to me, but having never actually used one of these (the one at the factory? I don't remember - - just that I didn't get along with it very well! LOL)
    I have found when I do a mitered corner, there are two ways to turn the tab ... you can put it toward the top of the quilt (I sure don't do a very good job of describing :? ) then the binding folds down toward you. If you take the tab and bring it down toward you and THEN fold up and away from you (or, if you have turned the corner or getting in the position to turn, the binding would be facing to the left) , you should end up with the binding in the perfect position to use this binder ... what am I missing to not make that so?
    I only ask because I am trying to comprehend how the thing works to begin with ... obviously, you have had more experience with your binding foot, so maybe you can straighten me out - - .
    Some tools aren't much help, are they?
    Thank you in advance for any further understanding you can provide for me.

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    After looking at the instructions, I see it would be possible to do a mitered corner with the binding foot. I personally don't like the way a machine-stitched-down binding looks on my quilts. I prefer to sew the binding on using a walking foot, turn it to the back side and then hand stitch it down. But that tutorial does show how it is possible! Thanks for posting the link! :)

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    I have gotten to the age that I make myself try to figure things out, JUST to see if I am comprehending and reasoning correctly.
    What do you MEAN there is no tooth fairy???
    anyway
    Thank you for reassuring me that I was correctly understanding what was being shown. ANd, it is nice to know that what she is showing is the same thing as you are talking about.

    I totally get that many people do their final part of binding by hand.
    My biggest concern was that there was an easier way to use a machine to apply a binding foot than the tool that began this thread.

    Thank you for your input and continued interest.

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