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Thread: Can I take one side of binding back off?

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    Can I take one side of binding back off?

    I machine sewed my binding then I washed the entire quilt. After it was washed I noticed some places I would like to fix. Is it too late to rip stitches out of just one side of binding and sew it back down? Will the binding not fit right since it has been washed? Thanks so much for your help.

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    Never too late. Washing is one way to ensure the integrity of the quilt is solid!!
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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    I have no idea, but it must be possible, how do ladies fix quilts that have had years of use and need a repair here and there. Well, you will have to do it and let us know for sure how it turned out.
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    Sure you can, you want to fix those issues so that it can be used. If it is just small areas, I would consider just doing some hand mending.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict View Post
    If it is just small areas, I would consider just doing some hand mending.
    Ditto this.. another option is to only rip out the stitches about 1" on either side of the spots you'd like to fix (say if you stitched off the edge of the binding or it's just uneven) and then redo only those portions, then you can work the ends of the thread into the binding so the repairs aren't obvious at all.

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    Yes, I would take it off and resew. Never too late to make corrections.
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    It's not too late. You wouldn't consider it too late to fix a used quilt you were given.

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    Sure you can take the binding off and do whatever repairs are needed.
    As for the binding fitting ok... if not, just improvise.

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    I sure hope so..because I have the same issue..

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    Yes, just take it off and re sew. You may have to remove the entire binding if it doesn't fit properly. But if its just a small section, maybe you can fix that area only.

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    If you stitched your binding on with one row of stitches, when you take that out.... the whole binding will be removed. I guess it depends on exactly how you did the original binding whether just the one side of the binding would come loose. For myself, I think it might be easier & end up with a more pleasing result, if you totally removed the binding & redid it.

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    Yes, you can just "unsew" the sections where you think you went wrong. I would carefully pick apart the stitches and then carefully hand-baste the binding back on so that you're happy with it before sewing permanently.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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