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Thread: Binding-my corners aren't sharp

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    Super Member gale's Avatar
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    Sometimes they come out like perfect right angles and sometimes it's more of a curve. I'm doing them all the same way so why do some come out so bad? Is there a secret?

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    Make sure you are making perfect right angle corners when you do your first stitching of your binding down. It is so easy to slant one way or the other. Clear as mud?

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    Some things just need to be seen to understand. Binding corners are one of those things, in my opinion.

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    Maybe this video will help.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt-DeDuJWkU

    If that is not clear enough there are several good binding videos on that site. Have fun.

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    I'm watching this right now to see if I can pick up any tips (I'm waiting for it to load)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNEmrDicu7Y

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    ugh that video has it already sewn on. I'll have to look for an earlier one I guess.

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    I sometimes have problems as well. Most of the time they are really good, and then sometimes ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Maybe this video will help.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt-DeDuJWkU

    If that is not clear enough there are several good binding videos on that site. Have fun.
    What a great tip.. Thanks for the link! :D

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    I'm on the search for a better video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Maybe this video will help.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt-DeDuJWkU

    If that is not clear enough there are several good binding videos on that site. Have fun.
    thanks. I posted at the same time. I am now waiting on this video to load. I'll get it sooner or later! lol.

    edit-this is the first one I watched before I found the other one. I think my problem is the actual stitching on of the binding strip but I'll try the hints in these videos for after it's sewn on and see if it helps.

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    Here is another one, I find it hard to determine if these are easy to understand as I have no trouble with corners. (Ending the binding is my big problem!!))

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttCy7...eature=related

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    I can relate to this. Eyeballing that 1/4" doesn't seem to always work.
    But since I used this little template my corners look perfect. You might
    want to give it a try. Hope it works for you too.
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...r__D81892.html

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    I watched this last week- basic binding video, but goes over mitering the corners. This shows how to attach the binding etc... It seemed like a good one. Hope this helps

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprg5...eature=related

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    ok maybe it's this. You know the part where you get to the corner, stitch until you're 1/4" away (or whatever the seam allowance is ??) and then turn the binding up and then back down to make the corner? That fold in the binding-I've heard it should be flush with the edge, or just a tad below the edge. Which is your preferred method? Could that be my problem that I'm not making the fold be in the right place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Maybe this video will help.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt-DeDuJWkU

    If that is not clear enough there are several good binding videos on that site. Have fun.
    thanks. I posted at the same time. I am now waiting on this video to load. I'll get it sooner or later! lol.

    edit-this is the first one I watched before I found the other one. I think my problem is the actual stitching on of the binding strip but I'll try the hints in these videos for after it's sewn on and see if it helps.
    I find that I have to make sure that the edging is straight and the corners are squared before even starting my binding. The previous work helps on the final product. I use a long ruler to trim my edges and a large square to square off my corners. That's just my thought.:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    I can relate to this. Eyeballing that 1/4" doesn't seem to always work.
    But since I used this little template my corners look perfect. You might
    want to give it a try. Hope it works for you too.
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...r__D81892.html
    I looked into that a while back but passed because it makes such narrow bindings.

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    that 1/4 inch really makes a difference for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Maybe this video will help.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt-DeDuJWkU

    If that is not clear enough there are several good binding videos on that site. Have fun.
    thanks. I posted at the same time. I am now waiting on this video to load. I'll get it sooner or later! lol.

    edit-this is the first one I watched before I found the other one. I think my problem is the actual stitching on of the binding strip but I'll try the hints in these videos for after it's sewn on and see if it helps.
    I find that I have to make sure that the edging is straight and the corners are squared before even starting my binding. The previous work helps on the final product. I use a long ruler to trim my edges and a large square to square off my corners. That's just my thought.:)
    I'll do that the next time. Thanks, everyone, for all the videos and help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    ok maybe it's this. You know the part where you get to the corner, stitch until you're 1/4" away (or whatever the seam allowance is ??) and then turn the binding up and then back down to make the corner? That fold in the binding-I've heard it should be flush with the edge, or just a tad below the edge. Which is your preferred method? Could that be my problem that I'm not making the fold be in the right place?
    I do just a tad below, and just a tad, you barely want to see the underneath fabric after you make the fold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    I can relate to this. Eyeballing that 1/4" doesn't seem to always work.
    But since I used this little template my corners look perfect. You might
    want to give it a try. Hope it works for you too.
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...r__D81892.html
    I looked into that a while back but passed because it makes such narrow bindings.
    I'm thinking this is maybe not the same thing I looked into a while back. I'm going to see if I can find a video. It's been so long since I looked at it I can't remember what the other one looked like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    ok maybe it's this. You know the part where you get to the corner, stitch until you're 1/4" away (or whatever the seam allowance is ??) and then turn the binding up and then back down to make the corner? That fold in the binding-I've heard it should be flush with the edge, or just a tad below the edge. Which is your preferred method? Could that be my problem that I'm not making the fold be in the right place?
    I do just a tad below, and just a tad, you barely want to see the underneath fabric after you make the fold.
    OK that's what I thought, and that's what I did on my current project. Apparently it was something else I did wrong then.

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    Good luck Gale, I wish I could show you in person. Hope all this helps. :-D :-D

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    I agree with KathyAire, some things just must be seen for the minds eye to 'get it'.
    Have you seen this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprg5...eature=related
    This video by Leah Day saved me from the binding beast.
    My theory is 'the width of our binding controls how far from the corner we need to stop sewing before we turn our binding up to make the L and start sewing down the next side (edge).
    It worked perfectly on a previous quilt then I was binding this past week and just couldn't 'get' that mitred, square corner. I picked my stitches back, folded the binding up, then back down even with the edge of the quilt and kept sliding the binding it until I had what I needed. I realized I was sewing to close to the edge before snipping my threads and folding the binding
    up, then back down even with edge of the quilt.
    I hope the video helps. I apologize I can't explain it any better. Best of luck.
    This is the post that introduced me to the video. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-50217-1.htm

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    dsb, I went to that post and found this step by step by Sharon Scamber. Might help here in addition to videos.

    http://www.sharonschamber.com/free%2...ng%20Class.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Here is another one, I find it hard to determine if these are easy to understand as I have no trouble with corners. (Ending the binding is my big problem!!))

    The hint from a quilt class I took said when you start to sew on the binding, leave about 6" to 8" unstitched. Then as you sew around and get "close" - measure an overlap that is exactly as long as your binding is wide (unfolded). stop sewing the binding, and take the two loose ends and lay them perpendicular to each other, right sides together. Then stitch on the diagonal, from top left to bottom right. Cut the excess leving a 1/4 inch seam allowance, and VOILA - it wil fit PERFECTLY.............

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttCy7...eature=related

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