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Do you serge the edges of your quilt " sandwich" before binding?

Do you serge the edges of your quilt " sandwich" before binding?

Old 09-27-2014, 04:11 PM
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Default Do you serge the edges of your quilt " sandwich" before binding?

Just finishing my third...yes third....t shirt quilt for a customer, will post soon. Just wondering how many of the quilters on this board serge or overcast edges before adding binding. I don't own a serger, but for the first time I used a short over edge finish on my present quilt. Seems to work well.
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Old 09-27-2014, 04:15 PM
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Yes - I do -

I use a "long" and "wide" stitch - if I zigzag OR overcast the edges. For me, if I get those three layers "tamed" - than I do not need to worry about catching all three layers on the binding.
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I don't serge, but do use a serpentine stitch around the outer edge. I run it half way on/off the outer edge of the quilt. I find it easier to attach the binding when the fabric is secure.
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When I first got my serger I tried it. For me it wasn't worth the effort. I don't mind putting bindings on.
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Not I. It's going to be buried inside the binding, so just seems like extra work & extra thread. I machine stitch the front & then hand stitch the back.
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Sometimes. If I'm using flannel for the back I do since I always seem to forget to make wider seams. I hope the serged edge helps keep the flannel from raveling.

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Old 09-27-2014, 04:42 PM
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​If I am not ready to sandwich and quilt a top, I will do a straight stitch around the edge to prevent any seams from opening or the edge stretching.
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No, too much work too little reward.
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No, I do not
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Old 09-27-2014, 05:56 PM
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I run a long straight stich with the walking foot around the edge of the sandwich. For me it is essential unless the quilting goes right to the edge.
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