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Thread: do you bind by machine or by hand?

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    Senior Member Tcharlie's Avatar
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    BOTH.....I stitch one side to the top and fold over and hand stitch the other side down.

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    I do all mine by machine. I sew to the front, carefully pin so the fabric overlaps theitiching on the back, and stitch in the ditch on the front. If you're careful the stitching won't show on the front and the binding will be stitched down in the back.

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    sew to front use blind stitch on back by hand to hide stitching.

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    mine are done completely by machine

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    I hand stitch..... Actually "I love handwork" sew do it whenever possible. May have to change though one day in the near future as old hands begin to have new issues daily. :( But intend to keep going till no longer possible.

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    I machine the binding to the front and hand sew the back.

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    Machine sew the front and hand sew the back - sometimes I do the whole thing by machine - and yes, it always shows on the front. Sometimes I do the envelope method too. Depends on the project.

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    I do it all by machine. I'm really pretty bad at any kind of hand stitching. I make my binding wider in the back, so on the front it shows about 1/4 inch inside the binding. I've just decided that's how my quilts will look. There's already quilting stitches that show, so the binding stitching just becomes part of the quilting.

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    I machine sew it to front and hand stitch on the back while watching (or listening to) TV. I tried machine sewing, but I don't think my stitches were neat enough, so from on it's hand stitching the back for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    Machine attach to the front and then hand sew onto the back.
    Me, too. It's great to have something to do while watching TV.

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    Usually machine. For a quilt with a lot of handwork, I hand sew to the back.

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    I machine the front and ladder stitch the back. I really love binding, could do it for hours...love the look it gives and the sense of completion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziC
    I machine sew the binding on the front then turn it and sew the back by hand so the stitches don't show. It's very relaxing to do while watching TV at night.
    Ditto! :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by tutty
    I put my bindings on by machine and then handstitch but I would like to learn how to completely machine stitch front and back without the stitch showing through on the front, I've seen it look that way but my tests have not worked out so......
    These Youtube videos (part 1 and 2) by Leah Day might help:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprg5vzkuGw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MRfA...eature=related
    Thank you!!!!!!

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    If it's a wall-hanging, placemat, table topper, quilt for doggy/kitty, or charity quilt - by machine. If it's a bed quilt or lap quilt - by hand.

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    I blind stitch by hand! Love this part of quilting, I have to say, I still get so excited when I am nearly finished putting binding down!

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    I machine sew the quilt top and top side of the binding. Then I hand quilt it from that point to the finishing of the quilt.

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    Thanks for all of the replies..hand stitching is SO pretty....I do prefer that look. I just wanted to know what all goes on...and by the way I rashly decided to machine sew the back binding on, and it definitely doesn't look as good as when I hand-sewed the other topper. Lesson learned. At least until I get better and get more experienced with sewing!

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    I do it all by machine on anything that I know I wouldn't enter into any contests. Which means only one of them in the last year has been hand sewn on the back. :lol:

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    Sometimes I will bring the backing around to the front as a binding and machine sew it. When I do a separate binding, I sew it to back first, then machine stitch it down in the front, often with a blanket stitch.

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    I don't have the time to hand quilt....I use my machine.

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    To me "Hand" is a four letter word! I sew to back and then do a decorate stitch on the front, much easier than trying any other way.

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    Another one who machine stitch to the front, hand stitch to the back..I like how the stitching "disappears" on the back.

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    For those very special qults....weddings/anniversarys etc...I would do hand binding but for baby/lap quilts that will get a lot of use, I do a machine binding. Sometimes I pull the backing up to the front, fold and stitch down....looks good and easy too!! Ususally tho, I sew on a seperate 2 1/2 inch binding, fold and then topstich down.

    jodi in leavenworth

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    I bind by machine, always.

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