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Thread: binding...oh how i hate it!

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    binding...oh how i hate it!

    i finished a table runner tonight, and put the binding on totally by machine. stitched it first to the back, then wrapped it around nd stitched down the front. ok, i readily admit that binding is my weak link in quilting..i am HORRIBLE at it. but really...will not be doing this again! ok, i lie, i probably will...but gosh...it looks so bad. can anyone give hints??

    betsey

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    You can try using some kind of decorative stitch which will camouflage lots of issues.

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    I saw your binding in the pics and it looked good! I use Sharon Schambers method. I sew the back by machine and the front by hand. Check out her method on youtube she uses glue and it really makes binding a lot eaiser for me!

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    I do mine totally by machine and can say you get better and better, the more you do. Just keep practicing and revising your technique and you will have something you are pleased with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty View Post
    I saw your binding in the pics and it looked good! I use Sharon Schambers method. I sew the back by machine and the front by hand. Check out her method on youtube she uses glue and it really makes binding a lot eaiser for me!
    me too! it's comes out better this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    me too! it's comes out better this way.
    I just tried the glue method and mine came out so much better...still need to practice more.

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    i will go watch...thank you! it's frustrating to not be good at binding, lol.

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    I saw your binding and I think a light pressing would be all it needs. It looks good. I sew mine to the front and SITD from the front so my back looks like your front. Works for me if I go slower than usual.

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    IRON, IRON, IRON!

    I think the tute I wrote is still on the QB.

    Sew binding on the back of the quilt. Iron it so it is flat with the sticking out from the back, Then turn it over and iron it to the front. Now use some school glue and put that under the binding flap. Then iron it in place, checking it covers your stitching line from sewing it on the back of the quilt. Then use your decorative stitches and sew it to the front. I like what I call 'chicken feet' for my stitching.
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    I do a combo of IrishRose's and Alicat's method. Cut the binding, don't iron, sew to front, iron twice (it really doesn't take long at all). I don't use glue, and don't iron the corners. SITD slowly from the front, manipulating the corners as I come to them. If it's a kid's quilt I sometimes will use a decorative stitch, and maybe in some future time if I were going to enter a quilt for judging somewhere I would do it by hand, but other than than that this method works for me.
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    I sew to back then iron the seam. Clip to the front with those red clips. Sew on the front by following the seam line of the back. You can see it if you use clips. I get better with each quilt.

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    I like to use Sharon Schambers method of starching the binding so it stays folded in half. I use Sta Flo starch mixed half and half with water in a small spray bottle from eyeglass cleaner. See her video. I don't mind the pressing because I know I will get beautiful results. Then instead of gluing I use Wonder Clips to hold the binding to the quilt. I prefer sewing to the front of the quilt and hand stitching with ladder stitch to the back. I just did the binding on a king size quilt with this method for a client. She was really pleased.
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    I finally got a beautiful binding with perfectly mitered corners with Sharon's method. It does take a while to do the gluing and ironing but the results were so worth it. (i attach the front and hand sew the back.)

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    I always machine stitch one side and finish the final side by hand. It gives me closure on the quilt and I enjoy knowing that it is being finished.
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    I've tried this on several quilts and it works great. It's an alternative to binding.

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    Another easy way would be to leave spare material on the backing and the turning that over to make a bindin ding and sew the edge with a fancy stitch.
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