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Old 09-21-2010, 10:18 AM
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i have only been making quilts for 2 years now and i normally just have them hem but know i've been told it is best to bind them. my question is does it make the quilt worth more if you bind it?
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I don't know if it's worth more but gives it a more finished look.
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Darlene
I don't know if it's worth more but gives it a more finished look.
I agree...
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:23 AM
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You could try binding a smaler quilt and see if you like it, but it really is your choice on how you finish it :D:D:D
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:28 AM
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thanks for the replys. i made a quilt for a pastor friend and i wanted it to look good so i had it machine quilted with all cotton batting instead of polyester(now i will only use all cotton), so now i'm doing the binding instead of hem but i don't like the hand stitching. it will look great when i get done but wish there was another way
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:40 AM
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it depends on what you are doing with the quilt, utility quilts are probably fine being 'hemmed' but if you really want a nicely finished quilt to show off, the bindings are an important part of the finishing. it takes practice but each one you do will be easier and faster than the one before it and in no time you will amazed at how fast you can bind a quilt :)
when i first started it seemed like it took hours and hours...a week to do a queen size binding...now i whip them out in an afternoon...just takes practice.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:02 PM
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You have two options when finishing the binding. Hand sewn or machine sewn.
You could try it on the machine using scraps, and see if you like it.
Mine are machine sewn only, but I only make quilts to be used daily, not for keeping as an heirloom :D:D:D
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I believe that most of us use double-fold binding, so that adds a lot of fabric on the edges. A simple hem, or a single folded binding may get thin and fray much faster if the quilt actually gets used and washed.

On mine, I usually machine sew the binding on the front and hand-stitch it down with tiny stitches on the back. A few, I machine sew the binding to the back, pull it to the front and use a fancy machine stitch to secure it down. Fast and fun.
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Originally Posted by dgsmom
thanks for the replys. i made a quilt for a pastor friend and i wanted it to look good so i had it machine quilted with all cotton batting instead of polyester(now i will only use all cotton), so now i'm doing the binding instead of hem but i don't like the hand stitching. it will look great when i get done but wish there was another way
Here are links to two videos that show how to machine bind a quilt so that the binding looks very nice (these are parts 1 & 2):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprg5vzkuGw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MRfADz_pyg
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Since the binding of the quilt tends to show wear faster, using a "double fold" binding is supposed to make it last longer.
If you don't like hand sewing the binding, you can sew it on by machine.
Instead of sewing the binding onto the front and turning it to the back to handsew, sew it onto the back and turn it onto the front. Pin, baste, or clip it into place and then topstitch it a scant 1/8" from the inner edge. You will have a line of stitching on the back, but if you make sure you fold it over evenly, the back's stitching should fall right beside the binding on the back.
Check YouTube for videos on quilt binding by machine.
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