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    Hand sewn binding

    I have never sewn my quilt binding on the back of the quilt by hand. I generally sew it to the back by machine, and then fold it over the front and sew that by machine also. If I were to stitch it by hand to the back of the quilt, what suggestions does anyone have as to the stitch I should use?
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    Blind hem stitch and SMALL stitches. Usually about 1/4" is what I use. If you are planning to show it, the stitches need to be pretty much invisible and close enough together so that you can't insert a pinkie fingernail in the gap between the stitches. I do mine while watching tv and it usually takes anywhere from a couple of hours (for a baby quilt) to several evenings for a king size.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    I would suggest the ladder stitch, here is this you tube video. Others may have other ideas that work for them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CjOXMuTFXo
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    Awesome thank you for the link!

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    I use a double thread and small stitches. I think it makes a more secure binding if you incorporate a knot in the stitch every few inches. I understand that judges like to see the mitered corners stitched down on both the back and the front--I don't know that for sure, but it is something I have made standard practice.

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/links-r...ml#post5042028

    Here's another link that I found really helpful. I'd never used the stitch before seeing this but I loved the results.

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    I do mine by hand, I like the look better than machine sewing it on. I use the ladder stitch.
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    If I sew the binding on the front and fold it to the back for hand sewing, I use the ladder stitch for a nearly invisible finish. I use one strand of hand quilting thread that matches the colour of the binding. I like it for strength and because it tangles less.
    If I am going to do machine binding, I like to use Charismah's method for quick machine binding with flange. There is a tutorial on QB.

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    I have problems with my hands. When I used to sew bindings on by hand, I did a simple overcast (? not sure of the name) stitch because I could not handle the blind stitch. The thread shows, but not much, and actually I like the look of the hand sewing. The simple overcast stitch goes much faster than a blind stitch too. I made a small knot every few inches, just so that if a thread ever broke it wouldn't unravel the entire binding. Repairing this kind of hand stitching is very easy. I used just a single strand of thread.

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    I generally use a double thread that matches the binding color and do a very small slip stitch, similar to an applique stitch.
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    Another quilter on this board (I think it was Kitsie--but don't hold me to it, lol), blanket stitched hers down and it was gorgeous!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammi M View Post
    I have never sewn my quilt binding on the back of the quilt by hand. I generally sew it to the back by machine, and then fold it over the front and sew that by machine also. If I were to stitch it by hand to the back of the quilt, what suggestions does anyone have as to the stitch I should use?
    Thanks-I really enjoy the suggestions I find on the Board!
    Question----------Am I understanding that you want to hand sew the binding twice------------once to get the binding ONTO the quilt and then again to finish off the binding ?

    Nosey Question? Why do you want to use hand stitchery?
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    I machine stitch to the front, then ladder stitch on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready View Post
    Blind hem stitch and SMALL stitches. Usually about 1/4" is what I use. If you are planning to show it, the stitches need to be pretty much invisible and close enough together so that you can't insert a pinkie fingernail in the gap between the stitches. I do mine while watching tv and it usually takes anywhere from a couple of hours (for a baby quilt) to several evenings for a king size.
    This is my method too. Oh, and I use hand-quilting thread as it seems to be stronger that all-purpose thread.
    http://signatures.mylivesignature.co...B5F8C60F07.png
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    I use a single strand of regular sewing thread, sewing by hand on the back with the blind hem stitch. I like the finish it gives. Even though I have entered quilts for judging, I have never sewn my mitered corners shut, and I wasn't ever marked down for it. But I believe it depends on the judge and the professional level of the show.

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    invisable applique stitch

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    I use two threads and do a blind hem stitch. Learned to do it that way years ago. I like the other methods posted here too.

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    would anyone know where I could find a Long and Winding Road Bargello quilt pattern so I don't have to purchase the complete book?

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    I am open to suggestions for quilting my quilt for some fantastic friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happysteve View Post
    would anyone know where I could find a Long and Winding Road Bargello quilt pattern so I don't have to purchase the complete book?

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    You might try looking at your local library if you know the author. I'm afraid that your question will get lost in this "thread" about hand-sewn binding. Try posting again in the "looking for" section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    Question----------Am I understanding that you want to hand sew the binding twice------------once to get the binding ONTO the quilt and then again to finish off the binding ?

    Nosey Question? Why do you want to use hand stitchery?
    No-I would stitch it on by machine first then hand stitch it to finish it off on the back. I sometimes enter small projects at local county fairs, and I have had several people tell me it looks better if it is hand stitched onto the back. I did enter a wall hanging last year, and just used a slip stitch to finish the binding to the back, and the judges left me a note telling me to "watch the stitching on the back", which led me to believe I should have used a different type of stitch, but hand stitching has never been my strong point and I don't really care for it, so I wasn't sure what I should use for a stitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829 View Post
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/links-r...ml#post5042028

    Here's another link that I found really helpful. I'd never used the stitch before seeing this but I loved the results.

    Thanks for the link. I have heard of the ladder stitch but have not done it. I will check this site out to see if I can learn it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammi M View Post
    No-I would stitch it on by machine first then hand stitch it to finish it off on the back. I sometimes enter small projects at local county fairs, and I have had several people tell me it looks better if it is hand stitched onto the back. I did enter a wall hanging last year, and just used a slip stitch to finish the binding to the back, and the judges left me a note telling me to "watch the stitching on the back", which led me to believe I should have used a different type of stitch, but hand stitching has never been my strong point and I don't really care for it, so I wasn't sure what I should use for a stitch.

    I'm going to guess they meant only the length and hiding of the stitches--stay as uniform as possible. Just go slow. Not a thing wrong with a slip stitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    If I sew the binding on the front and fold it to the back for hand sewing, I use the ladder stitch for a nearly invisible finish. I use one strand of hand quilting thread that matches the colour of the binding. I like it for strength and because it tangles less.
    If I am going to do machine binding, I like to use Charismah's method for quick machine binding with flange. There is a tutorial on QB.
    I would really like to see charismah's tut. How do I find it. Used to know how to look for tutes on the old site but haven't figured this one out yet. thanks
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    Love the idea of a double thread and knotting every few inches. I have a quilt ready to hand sew the binding - will try this.
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