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Thread: Do you use a machine binding foot? Please share your experience

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    Do you use a machine binding foot? Please share your experience

    Like many of you, binding is not my favorite part of the quilting process. I'm thinking about purchasing a machine binding foot: http://www.amazon.com/Distinctive-Bi...ds=binder+foot

    This is video showing how to use one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l66S5VOEEFc

    Do you have experience with such a foot? Was it a generic foot or was it specific to your make of machine? (I'll have to use a generic.) Do you like how it works? Does it handle the width of a quilt binding strip? Does it handle the depth of the quilt sandwich? Does it work with a variety of quilt battings, or just the thinner ones? Any tips about using it?
    Thanks for any insight you can provide!
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    I have one for the 7700 but I have never used it. My husband bought it for me. Someday I will have someone demo it for me. - mine does not look like that one though. That looks like its for the binding that your buy premade

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    I've never seen one used. It looks interesting. I'll be watching for responses because I'm always looking for a way to get out of hand stitching the binding but have not found one I can make look good.

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    There was a thread about this not too long ago. Binding is my least favorite part of quilting but it is also the best part because after it is on the quilt, I know the quilt is done! I purchased a binding foot for my Janome and I got to tell you, I could NEVER get it to work! I think I have the one you are looking to buy. It is probably operator error but I just can't get it to work like it does in the video. It must not be that important to me or I would have it out, playing and practicing with it. I have also given up sewing both sides of the binding down by machine. I just sew the front part by machine and then hand sew the back side. I could never get it to line up and look nice doing it by machine.
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    I've never hard of it either but think it talks about using bias tape so don't know if it could be used with your owm fabric.

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    Here's the catch--notice they are using "single" layer of fabric? I could make it work with the single layer but when you cut your fabric 2 - 2 1/2 inches and "fold" in half it doesn't work so good...
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    I just use my walking foot, both to sew the binding on, and to turn it and sew down for the final step. I use a 1990s Bernina 1031.

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    They are not a simple as it looks.... maybe I did not give it enough practice... but neither my Mom or me like it very much. I use the same method Jan said.

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    I have a binding foot for my Bernina. It works well on the straight part, but turning, mitering the corners is not easy. I have seen it done by someone who really knew what they were doing so it is possible.

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    Sewing with Nancy had a demo on her show.
    It did great for straight binding but you cant do mitre corners.

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    I have not used one before either. Here is a different one - Martelli Stitch N Ditch Quilt Binding Foot. This is the one shown on Nancy Zieman's website. http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...binder+foot.do

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    I have a foot like that for my machine-I can not master it.And how do you do a corner?I just sew to the back and flip/miter on the front.I wasted money on a foot I will never use again.
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    i bought one for my Viking and have only used it once so far. I liked the fact that my stitches were even on the front and back, but found it hard to keep the sandwich inside the bias strip. It came with NO instructions. I also couldnt figure out the corners which was frustrating. I havent given up because my hands cramp up on hand sewing now days, so i would like to make it function correctly. I think I will search the net and see if i can find more tutorials.

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    I saw a foot demo'd on a Viking at a workshop. I was quite impressed and it is a foot I may purchase one of these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacup View Post
    Like many of you, binding is not my favorite part of the quilting process. I'm thinking about purchasing a machine binding foot: http://www.amazon.com/Distinctive-Bi...ds=binder+foot

    This is video showing how to use one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l66S5VOEEFc

    Do you have experience with such a foot? Was it a generic foot or was it specific to your make of machine? (I'll have to use a generic.) Do you like how it works? Does it handle the width of a quilt binding strip? Does it handle the depth of the quilt sandwich? Does it work with a variety of quilt battings, or just the thinner ones? Any tips about using it?
    Thanks for any insight you can provide!
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    I've never seen a binding foot and have no problem with binding. LOVE putting it on quilts! I sew it to the BACK of the quilt first, then press it and fold over onto the front. I make sure the folded edge is just slightly over the stitching line and top stitch. The stitching usually falls into the ditch on the back, or just onto the edge of the binding in the back. The front? Always perfect!
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    I have been thinking of using the binding foot too. I found this on youtube hope it helps.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShT0V...endscreen&NR=1

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    I did try to use mine a couple of times....not worth it...cost over 100.00 - this is the biggest waste of money!! I feel bad casue the hubby bought it...he was so proud of himself. He went to the sewing dealership and asked if there was anything to help me make binding easier...that was when I did not know how to bind...he bought it for me as a Christmas gift...it sits in a drawer.

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    I used my 'blind heming foot' the other day and was not impressed. Ended up putting my open toe foot on and was very happy with the results. With the first foot could not really SEE what the machine was doing.....with my open toe foot could see exactly that I was stitching in the ditch on the top, from two feet you could not see the stitch line at all and once the quilt was washed the stitch line totally disapeared from view. I also used a 50 wt thread which helped the stitch line disapear into the quilt.
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