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    Go here, and scroll down to the binding section for a 3-part tute. I've done it this way.

    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/articles.htm

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    I always hand stitch the binding on quilts for family, friends, and clients. But I almost always machine quilt the binding on Community quilts. I figure they will be getting untold wear and tear, the parents possibly won't have the knowledge or perhaps the wherewithal to care properly for quilts, and I make far too many to spend time hand sewing them all. Sometimes I self-bind a charity quilt, but I think that a proper French binding will last longer and be easier to replace if needed. I would never use flannel for binding, it wears too quickly as the fabric is a much looser weave than a good cotton.

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    I always hand stitch my binding using a ladder stitch. I just do not like the look of sewing the binding down by machine. I love to do hand sewing and it's nice to have something to do if you are watching TV; I can't ever just sit!

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    I machine stitch everything.

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    I use double fold binding machine stitched to the front and handstitched to the back. The handstitching of the binding to the back is my favorite part of making a quilt. I haven't decided if it is that I so enjoy handstitching or that I am excited that the quilt is almost completed. I use binding cut on the bias only when I am making a quilt with curved edges. The quilt I am working on today has curved edges. My goal is to get the machine stitching completed so that I can do the hand stitching tonight. I have almost finished the free motion quilting and can't wait to start the binding. Best wishes with your binding.

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    I machine stitch mine on the front and then hand stitch on the back.

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    I, too, like the hand stitching of the binding to the back. That part of hand stitching doesn't seem to hurt my hands, and it just feels relaxing.

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    I use straight grain binding (unless edge is wavy). Sometimes all by machine, sew on the back and flip to front and top stitch, or if doing it by hand, sew to the front and flip to the back and hand stitch.
    Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieH
    Quote Originally Posted by TootieAnn
    You can machine stitch the binding, but I have never been satisfied with this method. I prefer hand stitching both for the finished results and also it's relaxing to put in the hand stitches while watching TV. I look forward to this as an end step in finishing my quilts.
    Me too.
    Me three.

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    my mother can do it totally by machine and it looks great. she sews it to the back first then pulls to the front and top stitches. i can't. she tries to teach me but i still cant do it. i do the glue binding by sharon schomburg and handstitch the back. which i hate.

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    You Tube has lots of videos on machine binding a quilt.

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    I usually have the back of my quilt 1and 1/2 inches bigger than the front trimmed and the fold to the front and either hand stitch or machine stitch the binding ... works great!

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    I never handstitch if I can help it. I have a bad shoulder and I hate handwork. It is too painful. So I do all my binding on the machine.

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    I always hand stitch my bindings to the back. Sewing the binding down by hand is my favorite part of making a quilt. It gives me the sense of really being connected to the quilt.

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    My sentiments exactly!
    Quote Originally Posted by TootieAnn
    You can machine stitch the binding, but I have never been satisfied with this method. I prefer hand stitching both for the finished results and also it's relaxing to put in the hand stitches while watching TV. I look forward to this as an end step in finishing my quilts.

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    I do hand stitching on my quilts but table runners, wall hangings etc I will machine stitch. Another hint to avoid all the pins on your binding - use a narrow heat and bond tape and press it on before you turn your binding to the back of your quilt remove the paper turn it to the back and press - binding lays nice and flat with no pins. Make sure you do not put it all the way to the fold so you can easily hand sew your binding without running into the sticky stuff. Sometimes I cheat on my small stuff and never stitch it because the heat and bond holds it so well you would never know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmaker
    Machine stitch as I feel it is more secure and will hold everything together better.
    These are my thoughts as well, since most of the quilts I make will get used and laundered a lot, I think machine binding hols up better. I use decorative stitches to go with the quilt pattern.

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    Hi... I do both. Quilts for play and drag-around are done by machine these days, which includes those that go into the community to meet needs for coverings. Sew binding to the back, roll to the front and machine stitch with your choice of finish .. I DO cut that binding at 2.50 inches so I don't have to tug and miss while stitching.
    Some prefer bias cut binding, but according to some of the 'experts' that is not necessary unless you have curved edges. I tried doing that, but found I pulled too tight, and my hard work was all for nought as it looked sort of messy. I tried to reason out the difference, and all I can see playing with the fabric is that on the bias puts a bit more strain on the threads as they are pulled crosswise .. so ... I just stick with diagonally sewn strips cut straight from width of fabric.
    BTW - I very rarely cut borders from full length (parallel to selvedfe) ... I have yet to m ake one so wide or so long that it actually stretched out of shape .. and .. if concerned .. a basting stich around the outside edge of the quilt before the next steps is a lot cheaper. IF it is important to get a certain pattern - there are always exceptions of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlponyfarm
    When you bind your quilts, do you have to handstitch the back of the binding to the quilt? is there any tutorial on totally machine stitching a binding to a quilt?
    First: all my bindings are all double thickness...cut 2" and folded. For my charity quilts I machine sew the binding down since it has to stand up to heavy duty, frequent washings.

    For all others, I machine sew the binding to the quilt then finish it by hand, turning it to the back and using an invisible hem stitch my mother taught me eons ago. If I do it right, you can't see the stitches. That is.... IF! :lol: :thumbup:

    And I also agree, the final step of hand stitching is so relaxing and I love the feel of the fabric, plus there is a lot of personal satisfactionand accomplishment to be obtained from all the pride that goes into each of those final stitches.

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    i used to hand stitch everything, but i have noticed that on smaller projects, like table runners, pot holders,mug rugs, etc, it is just as easy to machine stitch the binding....on bigger, 'heirloom' quilts i always hand stitch....gina

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlponyfarm
    When you bind your quilts, do you have to handstitch the back of the binding to the quilt? is there any tutorial on totally machine stitching a binding to a quilt?
    If you go to Pat Sloan's website, she gives a tute on machine stitching on the binding...www.quiltershome.com/

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    Ditto! I think it looks cleaner. And I enjoy this last bit of handwork.
    Quote Originally Posted by donnataylorsmith
    I always use bias binding, and handstitch on the back. It's the way I was taught by my mother and have stayed with it. I'm sure there are quicker methods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by echobluff
    Quote Originally Posted by hlponyfarm
    When you bind your quilts, do you have to handstitch the back of the binding to the quilt? is there any tutorial on totally machine stitching a binding to a quilt?
    If you go to Pat Sloan's website, she gives a tute on machine stitching on the binding...www.quiltershome.com/
    Yes, I agree with echobluff ... it's an awesome video... a must watch for anyone who wants to bind by machine. I will be trying this method with my next quilt. I also found a picture tutorial to print out with these directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlponyfarm
    When you bind your quilts, do you have to handstitch the back of the binding to the quilt? is there any tutorial on totally machine stitching a binding to a quilt?
    I like to use the piping method that I saw Ricky Timms show how to do on his DVD. It is quick and I can have the quilt binding finished in as day( depending what else I have to do) I am still learning how to get the corners right properly but I am happy with the way they have turned out.

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