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Old 03-11-2016, 08:00 AM
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I sew on a lot of bindings as I make about 30 comfort quilts a year, plus I trade bindings to my long arm quilter. After 3 years of experimentation I believe I know what makes a beautiful corner... don't pull your binding too tight when initially sewing it to the quilt. I've read, you-tubed, experimented, cussed and asked others what they do. This spring I purposely have loosened my hold on the binding and the corners are near perfect. I sew my bindings to the front first, press, turn to the back and pin, then sew in the ditch on the front side.
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Not sure what you mean by that. Do you loosen the tension, use a longer stitch, don't go into the miter, or do you mean not to PULL the binding in the corner? ANY tip for better binding is greatly appreciated. I just taught my BFF how to sew the binding on by machine and she had 2 nice corners and 2 that were a little wonky.
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I glue baste the corners exactly how I want them, then sew. I get perfect corners and miters every time.
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I watched Patrick Lose on F&P PBS show and I now cut the tiny dog ear of excess fabric in each corner which makes the corner lay flatter. Also make sure the direction of the fold of the corners on the back is laying in the opposite direction as sewn on the front.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:33 AM
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Here's my tip. Did that on my last quilt and was very happy that all corners turned
out as it should. Of course you have to sew the binding straight, etc. Using same
method as gigigray, when I turned the binding to the back, folding like maniacquilter
described...I basted across the mitre (with a loose stitch) then when I S.I.D, the mitre
stayed put.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:35 AM
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​I use straight if grain on straight sided quilts and try to keep the same tension on both the quilt and the binding. Pulling the binding too tight will make the quilt cup and having it too loose makes for a wavy edge.
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MadQuilter, I just lay the binding down when initially sewing onto the quilt. I do not pin, nor tug the binding. I just completed my sixth binding of the week, and all 24 corners were perfect. It does take some practice to get this right, but oh, what a difference it has made in my bindings. I discovered this trick when my quilter used her long arm to attach the binding initially (we were experimenting to see if we liked it... we didn't).
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I have always mitered my corners and I hand stitch the back. I think that once you learn a way that works for you then I'ts a piece of cake.
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I have tried this and always end up with it looking terrible. I think I'm going to start gluing it down first and then clipping it. Mine really does look better by hand - it just takes forever.
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Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
Also make sure the direction of the fold of the corners on the back is laying in the opposite direction as sewn on the front.
I have always done exactly opposite of this - must try the idea! Thanks for posting it.
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