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Thread: How do you finish sewing the binding on?

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    I machine stitch mine on the front, then flip it over and hand sew the back. But the join (where the start meets the end) always looks bulky and never looks neat. What am I doing wrong? :-(

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    are you just sewing it straight accross or are you doing it on the angle? straight across gives you bulk where the ends meet, to make all of your joins it should be on the 45 degree angle to lessen the bulk there. It is a bit harder but once you get a hang of it there is nothing to it.

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    When I join the strips to make the binding, I sew them on the 45 degree angle, and they sit nice and flat and barely visible. The bit I'm having trouble with is where I start sewing the binding to the quilt, and then go all the way around and end up back where I started, it's that join that I'm having trouble with.

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    do you sew that on the 45 as well?

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    Here's my problem..... this is taken from looking at the front of the quilt (the triangle of paper is just so you can see properly, black binding on black fabric is hard to photograph.)

    I fold the binding down on the 45 and sew straight across the 1/4inch seam.

    But when I fold the binding over to the back, it's very bulky and the join is raised and very visible. I've just seen a close up in another thread of a quilt and I can't even see where the binding is joined at all. :-(

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    you can attach both ends like the joins in the rest of the binding. It is hard to expain without pictures, I have a quilt that I have to bind, I will try and do it tomorrow, it has to be done for Thurs anyway, and I will take pictures of it and post them for you to follow. Bacially you sew most of the binding on, leaving the two ends free, mark and join them on the 45 and then finish sewing them down, then you won't be able to just look and figure out where you started and ended as it will look like all the other joins.

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    Ahhhh... I think I get what you mean.

    If you do have time to take photos, I'd appreciate it. My skills are getting much better and it's one of those finishing things that is bugging me because it never looks right.

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    there are others that finish of the binding like this, you are not the only one. some days you need to do what works, lets hope that the pictures help you learn a different way, especially since you are not totally happy with that you are doing. Taking pictures along the way is easy, I tend to do it a lot anyway. I am getting good at it and it is good practice for me. I have a mystery quilt coming up on Sat that I need practice for. Though all the instructions are set for them. I am just proofing them at this point.

    The hardest part is getting it the right length so it doesn't have a buckle or have to stretch to far over the space left for joining.

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    Yeah... the buckling bit is why I wouldn't have thought of doing it that way.

    But I'm definitely not happy with how I have been doing it!

    Thank you :-)

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    not a problem, I am on my way to bed, but I will get on it tomorrow.

    When I started doing it, I would pull it out at least once to get it in the right spot and sewn the right way. now I have it down pat and rarely have to do it a second time

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    This is only a small wall hanging, so the bulk is really bothering me. I may have a fiddle with it tonight, see if I can wing it, seeing as I haven't hand sewn any down yet. Check back tomorrow for either the finished item or me crying in the corner! LOL ;-)

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    This is how cutebuns does her bindings, minus using the elmers glue like Sharon Schamber does.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PE0Yq9iGlc This is part one

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3vHI7rgZpw Part two


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    Mine have looked so much better since I watched Sharon Schamber's demo. I don't use glue thru the whole process, just when attaching the strips end to end. It holds them together while you sew the 45 angle. They come out so perfect! And if you leave several inches at either end, you can end the same way.

    Here's Sharon's video link. http://sharonschambernetwork.com/fre...gel/index.html

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    Thank you for the links, they're awesome.

    I haven't had a chance to try anything, had a last minute visitor arrive, and now it's bed time. So will have to wait till tomorrow *sigh*

    Will let you know how it goes. :-)

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/search....binding+videos

    There's the list of binding videos that have been posted here on this site. My goodness didn't realize there were so many but hey.......you can finish bindings to your hearts content now.....lol! Great search engine there Admin!

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    Wow! I have never binded anything before (always so scared) and after seeing that video, Sharon makes it look so easy. I might actually try it. How long does it usually take to hand sew it shut though? Probably a few hours, right?!

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    I'm not at my normal computer so I don't have the link, but Sharon Shamber (SP????) has a great free tute on bindings *using glue* and it's the only way I'll do a binding now. You don't get the bulk at the end because of her technique. It's fab-u-lous!!!

    I haven't seen 8) you in a while - How's life BC??

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    When I join the strips to make the binding, I sew them on the 45 degree angle, and they sit nice and flat and barely visible. The bit I'm having trouble with is where I start sewing the binding to the quilt, and then go all the way around and end up back where I started, it's that join that I'm having trouble with.
    I sew the binding on as you do, machine stitch the front and hand sew the back. When I get to the end I make another 45 degree angle cut (the width of the binding larger) and sew together with the beginning.

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    Okay, now I read all the posts and see that someone already directed you to her site. Great!!!! I use her method start to finish and am so pleased with the results. I now actually enjoy doing the binding, whereas before it was a scary, ugly ending for me!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelissaK
    Wow! I have never binded anything before (always so scared) and after seeing that video, Sharon makes it look so easy. I might actually try it. How long does it usually take to hand sew it shut though? Probably a few hours, right?!
    Probably 2-3 hours. I usually put on a dvd and am usually pretty much done when the movie is. Since binding is my least favorite aspect of quilting, it seems like less of a chore that way. :)

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    I use a variation of the Sharon Schamber's method (no glue) and I must admit that it takes me FOREVER - but I am usually happy with the result. Until I learned it, I did the same thing you did Blue - overlapping and bulking.

    Now I leave a rather long strip at the beginning and the end unsewn so I have plenty of room to maneuever the binding and the quilt top to fold, mark, pin, and sew the binding strip. When it is sewn at a 45 (and the 45 angle should go in the SAME direction as the other 45s - guess why I mention that!) the binding lays nice and flat. It is like a perfect picture frame.

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    Sew binding on most of the way around, leaving ends on both sides.
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    match where the two pieces should meet, I then take out 1/8 to 1/4 inch(depending on how much space I left)
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    At that spot, swing the top piece down 90 degrees, and sew on the 45. (where the fabric edges meet in a corner)
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