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Thread: do you sew mitered corners on the binding

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    Do some of you hand sew, or not sew at all, the mitered corners on your quilt bindings? I see that Sharon Schamber sews both the front and the back of the miter lines as she's sewing the back of the binding to the quilt. It seems to be that once the binding is sewn down on the front and the back, the miters aren't going to open. Any opinions?

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    I am no expert, but I do hand sew the mitered corners. I just think it is a neater look plus, that way, nothing can get caught and rip my less than ideal hand stitching on the back. It also gives me the opportunity to finagle my corners a little ;-)

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    When you are sewing on your border you create the miter by bringing your binding up at a 90degree angle from the top of your quilt, then you fold it down, to run along the next side of the quilt. I forgot to say that you stop sewing 1/4inch from the end of the quilt, and startup again 1/4 inch from the edge. Gives you wonderful miters when you fold the binding around to the back.

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    I don't know if I have always sewed the miter down, but I have on all my recent quilts. It looks so much nicer, more finished, and it isn't that much harder to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwiltkrazy
    When you are sewing on your border you create the miter by bringing your binding up at a 90degree angle from the top of your quilt, then you fold it down, to run along the next side of the quilt. I forgot to say that you stop sewing 1/4inch from the end of the quilt, and startup again 1/4 inch from the edge. Gives you wonderful miters when you fold the binding around to the back.
    I was referring to when the border is already sewn on, as you describe. Then some people hand sew the 45 deg miter lines as akrogirl said she does.

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    When I hand stitch the border I do but if I machine stitch it, I don't.

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    Yes I sew mine closed when I hand sew on binding.

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    They can distort over time if they are not sewn down :D:D:D

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    I do on some, but not on others...just made a rail fence for my son and stitched the mitres....thought it might help it last longer and wouldn't catch or rip if he took it in his vehicle.

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    On the one I just finished, I did hand sew the miters closed, because I was following a tute by Sharon Schamber and she said she hand sews the miters last. They looked like they weren't going anywhere, but akrogirl makes a good point that nothing can catch and tear them if they are sewn closed.
    I got great results by starching and using glue, as Sharon said to in her tute... Nice smooth perfect binding and no puckers!

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    I have never sewn the actual miter. If on the front the miter is facing to the right then on the back it must face the left Keep the miter tight all the way thru stiching then the folded miter stays tight on the back as well as the front.wiht outhaving to stitch the actual miter.

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    Yes, I hand sew the miter closed. It just looks more finished to me that way.

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    My quilting teacher does but like you I dont understand how it works. Guess I should try it. I do it like most.

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    I sew mine down, just because I like the look of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akrogirl
    I am no expert, but I do hand sew the mitered corners. I just think it is a neater look plus, that way, nothing can get caught and rip my less than ideal hand stitching on the back. It also gives me the opportunity to finagle my corners a little ;-)
    I also think it looks neater and I am generally so ready to be done with the quilt that I don't do it. :oops:

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    I don't hand sew, due to problems after carpal tunnel surgery. I haven't noticed any problems with machine binding!

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    I hand sew my borders and sew down the mitered corners. I think it looks nicer.

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    It's a huge thing with judges in quilt shows. Doesn't matter if it's a local guild show or Houston, but they'll all make a note on the comment sheet if you DON'T sew the miters down.

    Personally, sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. Some of my older quilts (when I didn't know it was the "thing" to do) have been washed a gazillion times and the corners NEVER came undone. Maybe it's some holdover from when everything was hand sewn and the miter wasn't as strong as a machine-sewn one.

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    Yes, I too sew my mitered corners on my quilts. It gives you the chance to make permanent a straight line there. I would imagine a slight distortion could occur in washings, or just generally over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeysnana
    Yes, I hand sew the miter closed. It just looks more finished to me that way.
    I do the same, I enjoy hand sewing the binding, gives me a good feeling knowing I am done, ..

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    I only recently started doing it (since coming here and learning about it). Like many others, I like the finished look of it and looking on the wear and tear of older quilts of mine where I didn't, I can see how it reinforces the area and keeps it from distorting over time.

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    A quilt judge (not police, but a real "judge"!) told me that most judges expect front and back of the miter to be sewn.

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    if you ever decide to enter a quilt into a show for judging or appraisal the judge will check to make sure your miters are stitched closed! it may not (matter) to you whether they are done or not...but judges do care ;-)

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    I didn't used to sew the miters down but after a quilt I entered in a show was criticized for the miters not being sewn down, I decided to put that little bit of extra effort into it. I was told later that that is a big thing with quilt show judges. Who knew? It didn't seem like a big thing to me.

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    I always sew mine closed, front and back.. I sew up one side, push the needle through to the other side and blind stitch back down, then continue sewing my binding down to the next miter.. I like the look and feel it is secure.. nothing can catch on it.. and nothing can get in there and hide (don't ask me what could do that, I haven't gone there).

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