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Thread: Binding...yuck!

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    Senior Member vicki75's Avatar
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    Ok so I have a question about binding. So far I have never ever hand sewn the binding on. One, because I'm lazy and two, because I don't want to. LOL But...I'm tossing the idea around for the quilt I'm currently working on. So, I need a little guidance. Is it a big deal if I just machine stitch it down? If I hand sew will it hold up to washing? I'm just afraid it won't be as strong. What kind of stitch do you use? If my mom lived here I would bat my eyes and ask her to do it. Probably wouldn't work but I would try. :D

    Appreciate your input...

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    I've done it both ways. I prefer machine stitching cause it's quicker. Both have held up well through multiple washings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    I've done it both ways. I prefer machine stitching cause it's quicker. Both have held up well through multiple washings.
    Love your avatar!

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    I think a hand-sewn binding looks better on the quilt. But I don't do show quilts. Sewing the binding by hand can be relaxing, as well. But if you don't want to, there is no reason not to do it by machine. I attach it to the back and sew it down to the front with one of the simple decorative stitches on my machine.

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    I was the same way, but once I looked up every single tutorial on handsewing the binding and actually doing it, I'm hooked. It is very relaxing and somehow very gratifying. Try it- you'll love it!

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    Try watching this tutorial on you tube. It really helped me.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W--xgi4nux8

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    I have only done hand sewing (to the back) on my quilts. DGD's crib quilt is 9 yrs old and she still drags it around the house. Through the dog hair, dirt and dust bunnies. :shock: so it gets a lot of washing . . . she has yet to ask 'grammy' to fix-it.

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    I still sew mine on by machine from the front, pull it to the back and hand stitch it down with a double thread. My stitches are not super small but also not gallopping horse size either and mine have held up to solid use. The binding on my favorite quilt is getting very thin but the seam is still solid. It is a great thing to do while the TV is on.

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    I like this tutorial video by craftygemini for hand sewing binding on

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJvDO...feature=relmfu

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    I stitch mine down by hand but I love doing handwork. I have even put it on the quilt by hand.

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    yes, i find that handing finishing is the most relaxing part of making the quilt. I can't seem to master machine binding and hate taking the risk of having to un-sew when i can get it right the first time with hand stitching.

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    I have always hand sewn my binding and I have quilts that are 30 years old. I used single thread and a small blind stitch. I always like that part of the quilt - very satisfying. I tried doing it by machine once and it looked like c**p. Had to tear it all out.

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    I machine stitch bindinge because my hands won't let me hand sew any longer without sleeping. My late DM always did it for me, now I do it the way I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I still sew mine on by machine from the front, pull it to the back and hand stitch it down with a double thread. My stitches are not super small but also not gallopping horse size either and mine have held up to solid use. The binding on my favorite quilt is getting very thin but the seam is still solid. It is a great thing to do while the TV is on.
    I have never used double thread when hand sewing my binding, but was wondering if it would help the seam last longer. I will have to try this sometime on my next quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I still sew mine on by machine from the front, pull it to the back and hand stitch it down with a double thread. My stitches are not super small but also not gallopping horse size either and mine have held up to solid use. The binding on my favorite quilt is getting very thin but the seam is still solid. It is a great thing to do while the TV is on.
    This is my technique as well. I have never seen the glue method.

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    Sew on one side and then hand sew other...with hidden stitch so it can't be seen...I love doing it at night while watching TV...my favorite part of the quilt...

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    I only machine sew - hand issues - and even when i could have hand sewn, I stunk at it! The first couple of machine bound quilts were wonky, but I'm improving with each one.

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    I hand sew bindings on the back side with hand quilting thread, single not double strand, and a small blind stitch. I also sew the miters closed in the corners.

    I've been hand stitching in one form or another since I was 7 and find it very relaxing as long as the cat doesn't want to help. :roll: I've never had the binding stitching fail, but I suppose that depends on the quality of your handwork.

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    love to hand sew mine.

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    I did it! Hand stitched the binding down and now my quilt's all finished!!! I'll post pics soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I machine stitch bindinge because my hands won't let me hand sew any longer without sleeping. My late DM always did it for me, now I do it the way I can.
    Same here - my hands won't let me bind for over 15minutes a day any more. I have no choice but to switch to machine binding.

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    Here's some tutorials that helped me.(Be sure to scroll down to catch the whole tut.) I hope they help ya'll.

    Ladder stitch
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-40083-1.htm

    Glue basting
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-29275-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    I think a hand-sewn binding looks better on the quilt. But I don't do show quilts. Sewing the binding by hand can be relaxing, as well. But if you don't want to, there is no reason not to do it by machine. I attach it to the back and sew it down to the front with one of the simple decorative stitches on my machine.

    That's my method exactly! I have just never felt that hand-sewing for the binding would be strong enough to hold up to all the tugging and pulling that a binding gets. But then my quilts are to be used and loved, not put on a shelf.

    :lol: :lol:

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    I have done mine both ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I still sew mine on by machine from the front, pull it to the back and hand stitch it down with a double thread. My stitches are not super small but also not gallopping horse size either and mine have held up to solid use. The binding on my favorite quilt is getting very thin but the seam is still solid. It is a great thing to do while the TV is on.
    I thought that I was the only person to do the binding that way, except that I was told to use a single thread when sewing the binding ti the back.

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