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Thread: Does binding ever get easier?

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    I usually cut my binding to 2 1/2 inches. I fold it in half and press. Then I sew it to the front of the quilt with my walking foot. I would guess my seam allowance is around 3/8 or 1/2 inch??? I start sewing, maybe a few inches, then stop and check it, turning it to the back of the quilt to see if it will fold over enough to cover my stitching line. If it doesn't quite cover, I rip out the seam and start over, making it a little larger. I actually enjoy doing bindings. Maybe I should go into business and do bindings for all these fellow quilters who hate to do bindings!!! What do you think??? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    I hate sewing on the binding, it's just not my thing, so now I cut the back fabric larger and bring it over as the binding. I really like the technique and it takes the "pain" out the process for me. This is the website showing how to do it if you'd like to give it a try sometime.

    http://www.lorettaalvarado.com/binding.htm
    That's a great idea for hangings, etc. but be aware that this binding has only one layer of fabric around the edge. Might not be suitable for a bed quilt or a pillow.

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    Thank you everyone I am looking up that video right now.

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    I guess I'm just one of the lucky ones. After I found the right size binding to suit me, binding is a breeze for me. I don't pin at all, just stitch and go. Yes, it will get easier. Just don't fret it and you will find as time goes by, with each new binding it will get easier! :thumbup:

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    Yes, it does! With time and trial of different methods, odds are you'll settle on one that works the best for you. Personally, I believe that good miters in the corner are more important than even distribution front to back. Usually my back binding is wider than the front and I AM PERFECTLY OK WITH THAT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    The first double fold binding I ever did, I cut it at 2 1/2 and the backside of the binding was way to0 much. Now I cut 2 1/4", sew a 1/4" seam, glue the back side down, leting the binding just cover the seam, sew it down and now it is close to perfect.
    I am going to try that! I have a problem with the stitching on the back going too much onto the quilt backing and really showing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindasidlow
    There is a wonderful book called Happy Endings. This will guide you through with clear instruction and illustrations. You can get a used one at amazon.com
    I just bought Happy Endings for $8.57 (book and shipping) on Ebay. Thank you for the recommendation. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhavelka
    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    The first double fold binding I ever did, I cut it at 2 1/2 and the backside of the binding was way to0 much. Now I cut 2 1/4", sew a 1/4" seam, glue the back side down, leting the binding just cover the seam, sew it down and now it is close to perfect.
    I am going to try that! I have a problem with the stitching on the back going too much onto the quilt backing and really showing.

    Hope it works as well for you as it does for me! Let me know.

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    I absolutely love to bind. Once I mastered it, it is my very favorite part of the process, after cutting, and piecing.

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    i cut a 3 inch width fold in 1/2 will not go back to 2 1/2 strip--also use clip not pinsto hold in place

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    lalaland-thanks for the tutorial on binding, that looks like a very easy way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    I hate sewing on the binding, it's just not my thing, so now I cut the back fabric larger and bring it over as the binding. I really like the technique and it takes the "pain" out the process for me. This is the website showing how to do it if you'd like to give it a try sometime.

    http://www.lorettaalvarado.com/binding.htm
    wow thanks so much i have been doing it this way forever but never got the corners right....now i got it !!!!!

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    I think binding is the funnest part of making a quilt. It means that you have just about completed the project. I cut my binding 2 1/2 inches like you do. I always sew the binding on then cut 1/4 inch from the edge of the binding so that I have a full binding. When being judged here at our county fair, that is one of the first things the judge looks at is the fullness of the binding. I always sew the back on by hand.

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    A while ago someone posted a site with a binding demo done by an older gentleman. It sure helped me. Does anyone still have the site noted?

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    I guess I must be nuts but I love doing the binding :) I use to hate it and dreaded getting to that point because I could never make a nice "ending" where the 2 ends are joined together. It was always sloppy or lumpy. Then I came across this web by Connecting Threads and it was so simple I wondered why I was having such a hard time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buCKs...eature=related

    After I have my binding sewn on the front using a 1/4" or scant 1/4" with my walking foot I will trim, if necessary, around the quilt to make it less bulky when I turn my binding to the back. For me, hand sewing the back is the most relaxing part. :)

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    I hate doing the bindings, mostly because I can't get the corners to lay or look good. I even took a class and that didn't help either. I have 3 baby quilts waiting for the binding. Maybe I'll just start another so I don't have to do the bindings.

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    Why not attach binding to the BACK of the quilt, then turn it to the front and machine sew it down with a little decorative stitch?

    Jan in VA

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    I hate bindings...I have a very hard time with them:(

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    I think this might be the one you asked about. http://www.quilterstv.com/video/1618...e-turnbow.html

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    if you cut your binding 2 1/2 then it needs more than a 1/4" seam allowance to fit perfectly. 2 1/4 is better. However, test to see what width and seam allowance will give you the look and size you need. When I do 2 1/2" my seams are usually abut 3/8".
    Best way to test is to measure your folded binding and divide by 1/3. This will give you a more accurate seam allowance. If you have to abide by a 1/4" seam because of piecing on tip then you should cut your binding a little less. However, I have seen many bindings that were wider on the back than front. However, since you say "the seam appears good but back isn't" that makes me wonder if the seam allowance is realy consistent.

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    I, too, love Sharon Schamber's method using Elmer School Glue. Bindings come out beautifully with perfect mitered corners!

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    I used to hate bindings too. I made a Hawaiian quilt by Nancy Chong of Pacific Rim Quilting and it came with a DVD. She is a wonderful teacher. So now, when it comes to binding, I just put in that DVD for a refresher course... because my mind doesn't retain things as it used to... seems like it's a long time between bindings! :roll: They go on so easily now. I cut my binding at only 1 3/4". She shows how to make mitred corners, and finish it so it lays nice and flat... no bunching, no pulling. I have not seen the tutes on you tube, or looked at the other links yet, but will do that. I'm always open to new ideas, although the way I learned is so darn easy! Love doing the bindings now. And those clippies are the greatest, instead of using pins. Love them! :thumbup: The glue thing sounds good too. Will look into that!

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    my problem with the bindings is getting my fingers poked and the thread popping threw the binding on the back because i didn't check to make sure the needle didn't go all the way threw. I think that I am in the minority here,but I do like hand binding on the back. mostly because I don't have to pull out the sewing machine and set everything up. and my hubby doesn't complain about the noise while he is playing his computer games or watching TV. I wouldn't say that it is my favorite part but it is up there. I think that i need to learn how to hand quilt one of these days. it looks really relaxing to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    I hate sewing on the binding, it's just not my thing, so now I cut the back fabric larger and bring it over as the binding. I really like the technique and it takes the "pain" out the process for me. This is the website showing how to do it if you'd like to give it a try sometime.

    http://www.lorettaalvarado.com/binding.htm
    That is basically the way I do it after sewing the binding on. But I'm working on a 3 years olds quilt and my DH and I can't make up our minds what color binding, so I just thought I'd to it the way to tut shows and see how I like that. Thanks for sharing that.

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    I just mastered the miter corner and find it sooo easy now. I've got my placemats layed out to try the glue technique on the back before I sew it down. I rewatched the tute from this site again this AM and am ready to give it a go. Wish me luck!!!!!

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