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Thread: Binding

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    I'm making binding for the first time and I'm a little confused. Everywhere I've seen instructions it indicates to hand stitch the back side of the binding down to the quilt? Why hand stitch? The quilt I'm making is going to be a pretty heavily used one, and it seems like a machine stitched binding would hold up better.

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    I am no expert. But I think for the binding you want to blindn stictch in the back so it doesn't show in the front of your quilt.
    That is what I was told :-)

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    I don't hand sew mine. On quilterstv.com (I think), there was a woman who showed how you can do it on the sewing machine. After sewing it on. Fold it to the back. Then, sew in the ditch on the front making sure that you have enough on the back for the bobbin thread to be on it. Am I making any sense?

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    I do both, sewing on the machine & hand sewing. If the quilt is for a younger person, then I sew it on the machine. If it is for an adult, then I hand sew it. I guess I just learned to hand sew them & I get a lot of pleasure out of doing it. Either way will do just fine. Good Luck. :D

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    I do the same as shellyp. I machine stitch the binding to the front, then on my ironing board I fold it over to the back, then secure it to the quilt using Wundaweb (iron on hemming web/fusible web/ not sure what you call it in the US). I found this better than pinning as I got a straighter line, held it down well and made sure it was covering the stitching that I had done from the front. Then you go back to the machine and stitch in the ditch from the front.

    I am no expert either, and I'm sure some of the others on here will tell you more on the reasons, but I think hand stitching the binding on the back is the more 'traditional' way of doing it, so that you don't see the stitching on the binding on the back. When I have been to quilt shows they are all done like this.


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    Perfect! Thank you so much!

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    as Loretta and several others in the thread she linked, I also blind stitch one side of my binding. It is more traditional but hardcore purists hand stitch both sides. That's a lot of time!

    If I am in a rush, I also make an oversized back for kids and roll the excess over onto the front. It holds up to frequent washings well, is easy, and saves a lot of time.

    If you're looking for really nice finish, the blind stitch is it.

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    I've seen using the backing as binding called mock binding and self binding.

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    Loretta, that's a great question...I've only heard it called a rolled binding but found this link that calls it easy binding. My grandmother used to do it even for her heirlooms, she never did regular binding. She did blind stitch to the best of her ability rather than using a machine to finish. Mom doesn't like it and only uses purist methods. I'm kind of a mix of everyone I know who quilts. I pick and choose what works best for me rather than sticking to one specific type. For a really fast quilt I have rolled the binding and used my machine to close.

    http://www.lorettaalvarado.com/binding.htm

    Hope you find this site helpful for those interested. :D

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    I saw instructions on youtube which were great. You sew the binding to the quilt back first. Then you flip the binding over to the front and use the quilting stitch on your machine, stitch in the stitching you did on the back having the teeth or long stitch of the quilting stitch grab the binding. It makes a clean stitch and you do not see the stitching you did on the back. This is great for family or friend quilts. If you are entering a show you should do it by hand.

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    Lyn a book I have call this the French Binding method. I love the method and have used it a lot.

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    Thanks for the tip. I will look up the book. I just cannot sit still long enough to sew the binding by hand.

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    My neither. By that time I'm wanting to be moving on to another project. LOL

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    I also do both, hand stitching it down, then I do a decorative stitch around the binding, fairly close to the seam.

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    By the time I'm to the binding I can't wait to attack the next project, too. It's my least favorite part but really makes a difference on the final look of your project.

    I should have mentioned earlier that if this is not for a child, I too would use traditional binding methods but machine stitch the first side on what will be the back end of the binding using a double wide binding folded in half if that makes sense. Your raw edeges will meet and be to the right side of your stitch line with the pretty folded side to the left.

    Once you turn the binding to the back, the stitch line is completely covered and wouldn't matter if it was hand or machine stitched because no one will see it. You'll cover the back side when the binding folds over to the back of your quilt and then blind stitch that backside.

    I hope that this is clearer that I think it might be LOL. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them the best I can.

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    For kids quilts or a FAST binding, I sew my binding (cut 2 1/2 " wide X length needed, then fold in half right sides OUT) onto the back of the quilt (1/4" s/a) then turn to the front, press and use a decorative stitch to sew the front down. My old Bernina has a wavy stitch that I mostly use and is the ENVY of my quilt group... Sometimes I just feel the NEED to spend the time hand stitching.. great therapy!!!

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    Thanks for the suggestions! I used the video and everything went ok. I failed to catch the fabric in a few spots, but it was easy enough to fix, and you really can't tell from the front that I machine stitched the binding on.

    [img]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3493/...165666.jpg?v=0[/img]

    [img]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/...g?v=1233282540[/img]

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    Wow that turned out great, love the fabrics too :D

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    There are many different ways to attach binding.

    Here is a YouTube video that does a good job of explaining how to machine sew a relatively invisible binding (especially if you use invisible thread, but that's a subject for another post!). The creator of the video hand sews bindings only for quilts that will be in a show.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprg5vzkuGw

    Oops! Sorry, didn't see the second page of posts until mine came up.

    That is a beautiful quilt!

    Mary

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    That's very attractive and your binding looks good.

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    Instead of overlapping the backing for a binding, I've also made the border wider and envelope it onto the back for kind of an invisible binding. I haven't tried actual "binding" yet but probably will soon. Its always just been much easier to self-bind. That is what my mom always did. Maybe its an area or traditional thing.

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