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    Hi everyone

    I am ready to Hand Quilt/hand sew my binding - a friend of mine has it sew on but I need to finish the binding and I have a few questions:

    Do I Iron the Binding down first?

    Can I use T Pins to hold down my Binding til I get it Hand Quilted? or should I use Binding Clips?

    I never did this before and I want to make sure that I am doing this right

    Thanks for your help in this....

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    Most quilters wait until the quilting is finished to sew the binding on.

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    Congratulations on being a new quilter. It sounds like you have some of your quilting terms mixed up. I am assuming that you already have the quilt made and quilted except for the binding. If it is already sewn down on the face side of the quilt all you have to do is fold it to the back and whip stitch it down so that as little of your stitches show as possible. You should fold it tight enough that the stitches that secured it to the front are hidden. I have done it so many times that I just fold it over as I go but it might help you to secure it ahead of time with either pins or clips. Then remove them as you complete the sewing.

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    I am done with my Hand Quilting...I need to know should I iron the binding down first before I sew it completely down or what?

    Can I use T Pins to hold down the Binding?

    Thanks

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    In my Quilting group most of them sew the whole binding down by hand....I'm just saying what I've seen done in the last few weeks.

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    I don't iron it to the back as it just seems to turn under nicely. You might stretch it if you iron it, maybe.

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    I always iron mine down first and then pin or glue-baste it down before stitching. It helps me to maintain a more even binding width on the front and a straighter fold. I don't have any problems with stretching, but it's something to watch for...

    As you can see, quilters have different methods that work well for them, so feel free to experiment a little and see what works best for you.

    Congrats on getting ready to finish up your quilt!

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    Thanks for your help....

    Can I use T Pins to hold down the binding while I am stitching it down?

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    I love to glue baste my binding. Here are Sharon Schamber's tutorial videos for her method (the back of the binding starts probably halfway through the second video...)

    http://quiltinggallery.com/2008/05/1...s-school-glue/

    For an alternative without glue, I've seen people iron the binding and pinning a small length of it to the quilt with hair clips. Then sew it down, then pin a bit more. The good thing about hair clips is, you don't accidentally poke yourself while holding the quilt (as with pins).

    Example of the kind of hairclips people use (you can buy special ones in quilt shops but apparently more expensive, and they do the same):

    http://www.kaboose.com/imageLibrary/hairclips.jpg

    Good luck!!! And be sure to post pictures of your work here when you are done, we all love seeing them. :thumbup:

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    You can use the T-pins but I find that saftey pins work better because they don't poke me all the time and there is no chance of them slipping out. I also iron my binding as I fold it over to the back. It helps me keep it from getting pulled out of shape as I do the hand binding. You must be beside yourself with excitement at finishing the quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beginnerquilter
    Thanks for your help....

    Can I use T Pins to hold down the binding while I am stitching it down?
    You can use T Pins, but the thread may continually get caught on them. I use regular pins. Tried the clips and they seem awkward. Use what works best for you...experimenting is OK! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by beginnerquilter
    I am done with my Hand Quilting...I need to know should I iron the binding down first before I sew it completely down or what?

    Can I use T Pins to hold down the Binding?

    Thanks
    I always iron it down before I sew it. Makes it easier to get a nice even edge. Do whatever works best for you. I have been using Roxanne's basting glue to hold it in place. There is another thread about this subject; don't know where it would be, but it was about using Elmer's school glue to glue baste. Good luck with your undertaking.

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    Thanks for all of your help....I sure love all of the tips, suggestions and so forth from this Board. You all have wonderful tips and they are very helpful.

    Thanks so very much.

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    the binding is attached to the quilt after the quilt is quilted and squared. quilting itself can change the size/shape of the quilt. just like applique.
    you need to quilt it, then trim the backing/batting to match the top (at the same time ensuring everything is square) then attach the binding; usually machine stitched to the front then folded over to the back for hand stitching down. some people do press the binding to give it a more (crisp) edge. i think that is your choice. i have pressed when i felt it was needed, but other times did not bother.

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    I do not use T-pins in fabric, ever, because the ones I have seen are not sharp enough and might break threads. I just hold the binding with my fingers as I sew it down. The binding should be completely full, which to me means that it would not have a crisp ironed edge but would be slightly rounded.

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    Oh okay...

    I'm going to wait til next Wednesday when I go to my Church for Triple F and I go to my Quilt Group and than I'm going have them show me how to do the final stitching on the binding.

    My Quilt is already done with the Hand Quilting...I just have to finish off the Binding...

    My Binding is already sewed on...I just have to sew the front edge down and that is it.

    Thanks for all of your help

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    I fold my binding strip in 1/2 prior to sewing and then roll the whole thing up into a coil. I leave enough room in the center of the binding roll to put over my wrist so it feeds off that way as I stitch it down to the back.
    I sew the binding to the back first and then turn it over to the front and stitch it down by machine. I do as much as possible by machine, have repetitive motion injuries & too much hand sewing causes pain.
    Sharon

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    Okay thanks

    I am going to sew the front edge of my Binding down by Hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by beginnerquilter
    Okay thanks

    I am going to sew the front edge of my Binding down by Hand
    As you can see from reading these posts, there are many ways to attach binding, and you can do whatever works for you. The most common way (I think) is to machine sew the binding to the front of the quilt, and then sew it to the back by hand. I think this is because the machine's stitch is more even than hand stitching and so will not show as much from the front.

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    I also dont pin,or clue or use clips.I just turn it as I go along and it works very well for me. I do almost all my bindings by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahm4605
    You can use the T-pins but I find that saftey pins work better because they don't poke me all the time and there is no chance of them slipping out. I also iron my binding as I fold it over to the back. It helps me keep it from getting pulled out of shape as I do the hand binding. You must be beside yourself with excitement at finishing the quilt.
    I just use regular pins, but I pin on the right side of the quilt so the pins are underneath when I sew. I pin so the ball comes at me first, not the point :-D ...less poking and thread tangling issues. The pins are on the opposite side from where you're sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg
    I always iron mine down first and then pin or glue-baste it down before stitching. It helps me to maintain a more even binding width on the front and a straighter fold. I don't have any problems with stretching, but it's something to watch for...

    As you can see, quilters have different methods that work well for them, so feel free to experiment a little and see what works best for you.

    Congrats on getting ready to finish up your quilt!
    I glue mine down too.. I use Roxannes or just plain school glue. whichever is closer/on hand..

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    I use big bobby pins to hold the binding in place as I go. Tried the clips but they open up and fly all over the room. I usually do about 36 inches ahead of where I am, and as I take one off I add it to the other end.

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    Oh okay...Thanks

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    I don't iron it down, but pins are real handy when doing this!

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