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Old 06-24-2012, 07:34 AM
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When using the Wonder Clips do you Stitch in the Ditch on the front side or do you stitch on the edge of the binding. How do you position or use the Wonder Clip markings to accomplish stitching in the ditch.
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No sure I know what a Wonder clip is... I usually hand stitch the binding... will be watching for someone's answer to your question.

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I stitch in the ditch from the front. I position the wonder clips just like I would a pin. I tend to have my quilt back side up when I am pulling the binding fabric from the front to the back. I just make sure that the edge of the binding is covering the stitch line from where I sewed the front of the binding on. I put the clear part of the clip on the back of the quilt and the red side to the front. I wonder clip and sew. I remove the clips as I come to them, just like an ordinatry pin.
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No sure I know what a Wonder clip is... I usually hand stitch the binding... will be watching for someone's answer to your question.

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Judy - Wonder Clips are made by Clover and are the newest craze to help hold your binding in place when sewing it to the back. I use them whether I am handsewing or machine sewing my binding on. No more pin sticks!!!

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When I do a stitch in the ditch binding . After I sew the binding to the front side . I then iron on 1/4 inch strips of heat and bond light or wonder under around the perimeter on the back side between the stiching line and the outer edge , remove the paper, fold and press the binding into place . Then I machine stitch in the ditch on the right side of the quilt.
TIP: when pressing be sure you have folded back the binding a few threads past the stitching used for first attaching the binding to the quilt. Additionally you may want to decrease the pressure on your foot a bit to avoid stretching as the quilt is feed through the machine.
You can accomplish the same thing using a few small dots of good old fashioned Elmers Glue ( it washes out). I find the fusible to be neater and more of a true consistant bond. Both are good methods and elimates pins and shifting of the binding underneath when sewing on the top side.

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when i use clips, I hand stitch from the back. when i want to finish by machine by stitching in the ditch, i use straight pins and fold the binding to the back and put the pins in vertically right next to the binding edge on the front to catch the binding on the back. the clips don't hold tight enough for me to catch it all.
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Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
When I do a stitch in the ditch binding . After I sew the binding to the front side . I then iron on 1/4 inch strips of heat and bond light or wonder under around the perimeter on the back side between the stiching line and the outer edge , remove the paper, fold and press the binding into place . Then I machine stitch in the ditch on the right side of the quilt.
TIP: when pressing be sure you have folded back the binding a few threads past the stitching used for first attaching the binding to the quilt. Additionally you may want to decrease the pressure on your foot a bit to avoid stretching as the quilt is feed through the machine.
You can accomplish the same thing using a few small dots of good old fashioned Elmers Glue ( it washes out). I find the fusible to be neater and more of a true consistant bond. Both are good methods and elimates pins and shifting of the binding underneath when sewing on the top side.
I have always hand stitced the binding to the back of the quilt (like the neat look), but I may give this method a try on my next baby quilt. Sounds like a good method to eliminate the issues I had with machine sewing the binding to the back. Thanks for the details!
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