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Does this method of preparing binding help avoid puckers???

Old 07-14-2012, 04:01 AM
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I read in the tutorial on the web address listed below, that after you fold your binding strip in half, that you can zig-zag the raw edges together before attaching the binding to the quilt. By doing this method, you avoid puckers and pleats in your binding . Has anyone tried this method? copycat

http://www.redpepperquilts.com/2009/...-tutorial.html
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I don't find that I have puckers in the binding I fold it, iron it carefully and hold it in place while attaching. If you make sure both layers are flat, this doesn't happen. I also put the binding on with the binding foot. This probably helps. for me to zig zag is just another unnecessary step
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I starch my binding strips then fold them in half and press dry. Starch pretty much "glues" them together so they dont separate. This is on Sharon Schambers youtube about her gluing method of binding which is all I use.
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attaching the binding to the quilt with a walking foot keeps my binding pucker free.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:48 AM
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I simply fold and press the binding in half. I've never had a problem with puckers.
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Originally Posted by Holice View Post
I don't find that I have puckers in the binding I fold it, iron it carefully and hold it in place while attaching. If you make sure both layers are flat, this doesn't happen. I also put the binding on with the binding foot. This probably helps. for me to zig zag is just another unnecessary step
same here, I never have a problem
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:19 AM
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Just be sure to use the walking foot and you won't have puckers.
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I've never had a problem with a binding unless doing curves or scallops with bias binding. I do bias binding a little more carefully but never had any puckers with it. I use straight of the grain binding on all straight edge quilts with no problems. If the zig zag edge helps you, then go for it.

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Old 07-14-2012, 05:27 AM
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IMHO I think it is just a extra step (zig-zag) that I would not care to do. Possibly it would keep one from stretching the fabric to much.

I put my binding on with my walking foot, after I fold and press.

Since the walking foot does not have marks/guides, I have worked out a method, for me, to get the seam allowance that I want by moving my needle and using the edge of the foot.

One method that works for one person may not work for another. Find one that you like and go for it.
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I usually do a serpentine stitch instead of zigzag around the edge when I am done quilting. I've done them without and prefer it with, so that's what I generally do. I also starch my binding strips as I am pressing in half and attach with the walking foot. I never have puckers. Try a couple of ways and do what works best for you.
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