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    Do you press your binding?

    I was wondering if you are supposed to press your binding
    after finishing?
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    I press my binding before I attach it to the quilt. You do not have to, but it is easier for me since I sew it on without pinning.

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    I also sew the binding without pinning so I press the binding before attaching to the quilt. After the final laundry if need be I will press the whole quilt including the binding. I have had quilts that don't need pressing after the final laundry, so I don't. I believe it's just one of those things that is just up to what look you want. BrendaK
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    I do not press my binding after finishing. But I do press it before I sew it onto the quilt. Makes it much easier to do the hand sewing.

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    i do - as i also don't pin - and not sure how i'd keep the 2 edges of the binding straight and even without a lot of fussing...not a fusser.....it never occurred to me not to til i heard some of the ladies here talking about it. pressing works for me - so figure i'll keep on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    I press my binding before I attach it to the quilt. You do not have to, but it is easier for me since I sew it on without pinning.
    Yes I do press before I put it on. I was just wondering about after it is done.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    I only press it before I sew it on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaK View Post
    I also sew the binding without pinning so I press the binding before attaching to the quilt. After the final laundry if need be I will press the whole quilt including the binding. I have had quilts that don't need pressing after the final laundry, so I don't. I believe it's just one of those things that is just up to what look you want. BrendaK

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    I baste the raw edges of my binding together - and do not press it 'in half' - because I feel that the 'half mark' is not the final fold line that is sewn down on the back.

    inside radius is somewhat smaller than outside radius

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    I glue and press (SS method) but I don't pin.

    That said, I did notice a thread a couple of weeks ago about not pressing the binding before sewing it on.
    It was the first I ever heard about doing this way.

    Interesting approach, and it seems as if it had a lot of converts - some were thrilled with the improved results they were getting.

    Different strokes for different folks.

    Love it!

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    I never press my binding and I don't pin.... I like the natural curve of the folded material...
    joy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nannyrick.com View Post
    I was wondering if you are supposed to press your binding
    after finishing?

    I press my binding in half and then sew it to the front of the quilt. After I have it sewn to the front of the quilt I press that seam. I also make sure and press the corner miters really well and they turn really nice that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joy View Post
    I never press my binding and I don't pin.... I like the natural curve of the folded material...
    I read about this and tried it and it works. I like it much better and a pressed binding. It just falls in place.

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    i don't press the binding or any other part of the quilt after finishing unless it looks very wrinkly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    I press my binding before I attach it to the quilt. You do not have to, but it is easier for me since I sew it on without pinning.
    I do the same.
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    I only press it before, it usually looks wonderful afterwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I press my binding in half and then sew it to the front of the quilt. After I have it sewn to the front of the quilt I press that seam. I also make sure and press the corner miters really well and they turn really nice that way.
    I'm with Scissor Queen! And I don't press any of the quilt after it is finished...but I do always wash them, which seems to help get everything where it needs to be.

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    Yes, we had quite the discussion about this topic recently. I used to press my binding, but not anymore! It looks much better not pressed. And I don't pin, either.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...g-t198277.html

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    I am with Peckish, since I read here that you don'thave to press I don't and I don't pin it when I machine sew it on.
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    I don't press or pin either thanks to a wonderful post on here!!!! Once washed and dried they look perfect to me!!! Haven't had any complaints to date from my quilt recipients!

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    After the recent post, I don't press my binding, I tried it on a queen sized quilt and it was great. No more pressing the binding in half for me.
    Happy Quilting.

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    i do not press/iron once I am finished sewing it on the quilt. I do however "half press" before, meaning I do iron both outside edges to the middle, it is easier for me when I am sewing, what I don't do any more is the final press I used to do which was ironing it in half again, which left a sharp un-necessary crease on the outside edge.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Yes, we had quite the discussion about this topic recently. I used to press my binding, but not anymore! It looks much better not pressed. And I don't pin, either.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...g-t198277.html
    And I have starting sewing the binding on the back of quilt, turned binding to the front and zigzagged on the front. STURDIER after multiple washings. I have a lap quilt I made that one of my cats LOVES, has been washed many times and hand sewn binding is coming apart. I need to zigzag it SOON...

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    i don't iron before or after. as long as the seam is very close to 1/4", i can just wrap the binding around and it is fine to sew.

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    I always used to press it before sewing on the front. After reading here about some who did not I just got done putting binding on a quilt and did not press it first. It worked out great!


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