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Thread: Help With Binding, PLEASE!

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    My friend who is teaching me to quilt has gone on vacation. Can you believe she chose vacation over helping me finish my first quilt? Well, she DID let me drive her longarm so I guess I can forgive her.

    Here's my question:
    I've got the binding on and am about to start hand stitching it to the back. Should I press (crease) it before I start? It seems to me lik it has a better chance of being straight if I do.

    Thanks for any and all help!

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    The nerve of your friend. Hmph!! LOL!! :lol:

    I sometimes iron my binding over before I hand sew it. It tends to lay better when I do. When I am short on time, I don't iron it..

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    I have only ironed it once, probably won't again.

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    I've ironed it a time or two. I really like it better when I don't.

    Some friend! How dare she take a vacation when you're so close to being done!

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    I don't iron it but someone taught me to use the hair clips little girls use to hold the binding down while I stitch it. You could pin it too, but they can stick you!

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    I wouldn't iron either. But You might find it helpful to clip the binding in place along one side at a time. Or if you don't have or want to get the clips, you could pin.

    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/p...RODID=prd34209

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    here's a really cool way to hand sew the binding that doesn't require clips or pins to secure the binding. You don't need to iron it, either.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-40083-1.htm

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    How could she leave you now. I usually don't iron my binding. It lays fine for me.

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    I say she owes you big time LOL or she better be having a VERY good time on her vacation :wink: :D:D:D

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    I've never considered ironing it. The idea just hasn't ever occured to me LOL.

    What I do, especially when it's a larger quilt, is pin the binding down with safety pins. That way they won't stick me but it's still pinned down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaK
    I don't iron it but someone taught me to use the hair clips little girls use to hold the binding down while I stitch it. You could pin it too, but they can stick you!
    This is what I do. Those little hairclips are really handy and no poking!!!!

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    I don't iron it to crease it, but I do iron it as though I was pressing a seam. Usually I sew the binding to the front and hand sew to the back. So what I do is put the quilt face down on the ironing board and gently pull the binding out straight while ironing. After I press, I use the binding clips to hold the side I'm working on. It seems easier to keep the binding from turning back away from me that way.

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    I always press the binding in half before attaching to the quilt. It lays flatter for me. Also if there are bobbles cut in the binding they can be straightened up in the sewing process or trimmed if necessary. it is also easier in doing corners and joining the binding.
    After the binding is attached by the machine, I then irong it from the front. This creases the sewing line and makes it lay flatter.I press from the top and into the corners which also make it easier to do the mitre.
    Everyone has their opinion but this works better for me.

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    Thanks for all of the input. I went ahead without pressing this one, but I think for a larger one I would press a bit. Anyways, got my first quilt done!

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    Good for you--stepping out on your own! I'm sure that your friend will say "I KNEW you could do it, or I wouldn't have left you alone to finish!!"

    How about a picture?

    Sue

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    Where's the picture????? We want to see!!!!!

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    I iron but I also use the Elmer's school glue to hold it down as I sew it. If you search glue at the top, it should give you other topics on this. Basically, you put a very thin line down and use the iron to set it and then I stitch away! Washes right out!I load up on teh stuff every fall just for this use!

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    I don't crease it first. If it's cut straight, sewn on straight with a correct, consistent seam allowance, it should go on straight without pressing it before you handstitch.

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    Here's the finished product! It's my first try at both quilting and photostitch embroidery. Hope my sister likes it.

    Sue's 50th Birthday
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    Ugh, I posted the wrong picture. I'll try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    I don't crease it first. If it's cut straight, sewn on straight with a correct, consistent seam allowance, it should go on straight without pressing it before you handstitch.
    I have never heard of binding not being ironed. I cut my 2-1/2" strips, sew them together, press them in half, lengthwise, roll it up and then when I bind, I pin it to the edge of the quilt, machine sew it down, then I fold the folded edge over the edge of the quilt,pin it and hand sew it down (blind stitch). The binding is double and will last twice as long - that's how I do it. Edie

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    Here's a tutorial by Sharon Schamber, whose quilts win at Houston regularly:). The part about pressing from the top once the binding's on, really helped for me. (I don't always do it, though. :)) rusty

    http://www.sharonschamber.com/free%2...ng%20Class.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    Ugh, I posted the wrong picture. I'll try again.
    Oh, that's so funny. I am looking at the photo thinking I am missing something. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I do not iron my binding. Never even considered doing that! I just pin one whole side (I make large throw size quilts) to make sure that my foldover is consistent and blind stitch it.

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    I do not iron a crease. I really see no reason for binding to have a crease.

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