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Old 06-21-2012, 05:00 AM
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Have any of you ever used the binding foot on your vintage sewing machine to bind a quilt? I've never used mine because it looks intimidating. I have it out looking at it since yesterday and want to try it but don't know if it is for that thick of material or not?
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:31 AM
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I don't have one for my vintage machines but I do have one for my Janome. I tried it once and I just couldn't get it to work right so back into the accessory basket it went!
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Just like FMQ this is one foot that you have to practice with. You are putting 3 layers in the center that you need to keep straight (maybe doing a narrow zig-zag would help) and then trying to feed another piece of fabric into the binding slots and keep that straight also.... I never put my binding on with this type of binding. It is much easier to fold in 1/2, sew raw edges to the quilt raw edge, fold over and stitch down. I start on the front and machine stitch to the back by stitching in the ditch on the front. Much easier to control..
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I tried once, but gave up. I couldn't get the binding to feed through correctly. Maybe one of these days I'll devote the time to learning how to do it. Would certainly save a lot of hand sewing. One thought though; how would you handle corners?
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:35 PM
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I tried once, but gave up. I couldn't get the binding to feed through correctly. Maybe one of these days I'll devote the time to learning how to do it. Would certainly save a lot of hand sewing. One thought though; how would you handle corners?
I hadn't thought about the corners; hummmmm. I guess it would work better on rounded corners.
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The binding foot on most machines is meant for binding on clothing -- armholes, necklines, etc. There are a few binding feet that are made especially to handle quilts with their thicker layers, but these are few and far-between and usually are very difficult to work with. Square corners are always a problem too.
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:50 AM
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Ok, thanks for replying, I think I'll just wait until I have more time to play with it and just fold and sew on the binding.
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