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    Junior Member hlponyfarm's Avatar
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    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?

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    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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    I always use the double fold binding technique and hand stitch to the back. I know I have seen techniques for doing total machine binding. Google binding tutorials, I'm sure that's where I saw it once.

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    I do both. Depends how I feel. Sometimes I handstitch the badown, others I completely machine sew it down. Depends on if I sew binding to the front or back of the quilt first.If I sew it from the front, then I handsew. If from the back, then I machine it all

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    you can google it on line...there are videos out there..

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    There is a nice tutorial on here by Eddie showing how he machine sews bindings.

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    I have machine stitched mine using a pretty stitch. I do this when I sew the binding to the back of the quilt and finish it on the front.

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    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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    There are lots of posts on this topic. I know because I do mine all on my machine due to the arthritis in my hands/fingers and have posted how I do it. Just use the search engine and you'll see what I mean.

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    Machine stitch as I feel it is more secure and will hold everything together better.

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    I most often hand stitch the back down BUT I have done some where I sew the binding from the back, pull it to the front and use a decorative stitch, sew it from the front by machine.

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    For good quilts, I machine stitch the binding to the front, turn it to the back and hand stitch it down. For charity quilts where they will get a lot of washing and hanadling, I machine stitch the binding to the back, bring it to the front and use a decorative stitch to sew it down. It holds better that way. I love to do the hand stitching as it is so relaxing and doesn't take much brain power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I have machine stitched mine using a pretty stitch. I do this when I sew the binding to the back of the quilt and finish it on the front.
    ditto this. I used to hand sew to finish but my bum shoulder hurts too much so I do all mine by machine using the zig zag stitch - it looks nice and catches both sides nicely.

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    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.

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    my 'blind hem stitch' is sometimes very seeable to the eyes. so I've learned to sew to the back and bring to the front and use a decorative stitch to finish. hand sewing is soooo NOT relaxing to me, but a great source of aggravation instead.

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    The only machine binding that I have found that I really like, is posted on this board. The title on the tutorial is "Quick Machine Binding With Flange". It was posted by Charismah. I have used it and I really like how it looks.

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    I hand sew!

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    Sometimes I machine stitch the binding on the back and then use invisible thread to stitch it to the front. It's great for small, art pieces like wall hangings and table runners. Don't know how it would hold up on a bed quilt that gets s lot of love.

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    I HAVE DONE BOTH BUT RECENTLY I HAVE STARTED SEWING DOUBLE FOLD BINDING TO THE BACK AND TURING AND USING A FANCY STITCH ON THE FRONT. IT GIVES THE QUILT AN EXTRA DESIGN. MUCH FASTER AND EASIER THAN HAND STITCHING. SOME HAND STITCHING MAY BE REQUIRED ON CORNERS

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    I hand sew the binding in the back, but a friend does a fancy zigzag stitch that I may try some time.

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    I use the french fold bias binding cut at 2 1/4" sew on with a 1/4" seam turn to the back, pin in place & sew with the machine in the ditch from the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katlady
    I use the french fold bias binding cut at 2 1/4" sew on with a 1/4" seam turn to the back, pin in place & sew with the machine in the ditch from the front.
    This is what I do too, but I press it first. Press it as it was stitched to set the seams, then press the binding flat over the edge, then finally I press the fold over. It takes a few minues, but I get a much more consistent edge when I do this.

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    when I make mine, I make the back fabric into the binding. The backing fabric is wider than the front/sandwich so I just roll it up over the edge to make the binding.

    I've been told that it's "old-fashioned" & it's the way "they USED to do it", but mine are working quilts & I like doing it this way. I learned it from my Grandma & my dad. :)

    PS - I am NOT slamming any one else's technique.

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    I recently used that technique, self-binding I think it's called, for a basic quiltlet made from a single piece of flannel on each side which was tied instead of quilted. It looks fine, and it was wonderfully easy to do, but I do worry a bit about how sturdy it is. In this case it was flannel, which I'd hope is thick enough, but is self-binding a good idea in general when you're using a quilting cotton on the back?

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    I always hand stitch to the back. I believe there may be a tutorial on doing it by machine, if not, there's probably a u tube video on it. I've tried doing it, but much prefer doing it by hand, it just looks better to me, personal preference maybe.

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