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Thread: How do you put on your BINDING

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    I hear several people put on their binding different ways so i was wondering how do you put yours on. So, after you sew your binding on, do you hand stitch the rest or machine stitch and do you do it on the back or front.

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    I machine stitch to the back and machine sew it on the front usually with a blanket stitch :D:D:D

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    I measure circumference of quilt, create binding to fit (plus 10 more inches). Then, I sew to front of quilt, mitering at corners. Then, I handsew to back using stitching line as quide. Then I sew on front with decorative stitch. It gives that quilt you spent so much time creating, cutting, piecing and quilting a finish worth working at - like a frame around a picture. I carry quilts to places I have to wait, etc. and work on the hand sewing then.

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    I machine sew it to the front, wrap around to the back, and then stitch-in-the-ditch on the front so that the needle just catches the binding on the back.

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    I do the old fashion way of folding the backing over the front and sewing it down. That's the way my grandmother did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I do the old fashion way of folding the backing over the front and sewing it down. That's the way my grandmother did it.

    I have done that on several quilts for the boys and MIL...it's so easy...but I like the seperate one on my quilts....I always leave enough batting so the binding is stuffed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I machine stitch to the back and machine sew it on the front usually with a blanket stitch :D:D:D
    I've used this method or I sew the binding (double fold) to the front and hand stitch it to the back.

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    I ask the question so mine is sew onto the front and fold to the back and hand stitch it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerrie
    I hear several people put on their binding different ways so i was wondering how do you put yours on. So, after you sew your binding on, do you hand stitch the rest or machine stitch and do you do it on the back or front.
    no hand stitching here, i have carpel tunnel..so mine is sewn on also. and i am not ashamed! lol

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    I sew it single fold to the front, mitering the corners, and then fold to the back and hand hem it down with a blind hem stitch. I like the look of it.

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    i machine stitch to the front with mitered corners, glue baste to the back, and using a straight stitch i SITD just catching the binding on the back.

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    I sew it on the back and do a decorative stitch on the front.

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    I do both methods. I use the back to the front with a decorative stitch on top for kids and charity quilts that wil get a lot of use. I do the traditional sewn on the front, folded to the back and hand stitched down on the heirloom quilts.

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    By machine on the front and then by hand on the back.

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    Machine stitch double binding to the front mitering all four corners, fold over to the back and hand stitch with a ladder stitch (becaue its invisible) using the machine stitch line as a guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerrie
    I hear several people put on their binding different ways so i was wondering how do you put yours on. So, after you sew your binding on, do you hand stitch the rest or machine stitch and do you do it on the back or front.
    no hand stitching here, i have carpel tunnel..so mine is sewn on also. and i am not ashamed! lol
    I also have carpel tunnel in both hands so when i am not hurting i hand stitch and when it start hurting i wait until i have some ease it take me linger but i don't like the machine stitch around it

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    I machine stitch to front with mitered corners then sew to back by hand. I find the hand sewing part is relaxing but thats just me

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    For most of my projects, I also machine sew the binding onto the front, then handstitch onto the back using ladder stitch. I like the traditional look of it, I like a small well-filled edge, and I am definitely not skilled enough to machine sew the second side and have it look presentable!

    I always think of the use of the quilt.

    I have used the fold backing over to front method on occasion. If the quilt's likely going to get worn out, and not intended to be a long-lived quilt, then a durable binding is not important. This might be a picnic blanket or the doggie bed or a table topper for everyday use, that kind of thing.
    Also, if it is a walllhanging and not intended for heavy use, I'll fold over the backing - But often in this case, I'll just do Envelope style, sewing front and backing face-to-face and turning right-side out.

    But if the quilt is intended to last a long time then I put on a separate binding,
    because as time goes on the binding, which gets probably more wear than the rest of the quilt, can just be removed and replaced; the main fabrics are not destroyed along with the edge.

    Of course, the centers of quilts that are actually used get worn too, from people sitting on beds and what-not.

    That's either to be borne with a stoic heart, or is grounds for capital punishment!!
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    I machine stitch to the back and fold over to the front and then machine stitch it down. Sometimes I use a decorative stitch, depends on the type of quilt. sometimes I use a machine applique stitch so that it nearly disappears.

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    I go with the traditional - machine stitch to front, wrap to back, mitering corners, and hand stitch to back. I've tried the machine stitch to back, bring to front & machine stitch a couple of times (on table runners or baby quilts), but have not been pleased with the results. After all of the work of putting the top together, I don't want to be less than happy with the binding.

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    I do it the same way! :thumbup:

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    This is exactly how I do it too!

    Machine stitch double binding to the front mitering all four corners, fold over to the back and hand stitch with a ladder stitch (becaue its invisible) using the machine stitch line as a guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I sew it single fold to the front, mitering the corners, and then fold to the back and hand hem it down with a blind hem stitch. I like the look of it.
    That's the method I use. Also a good excuse to sit and watch and old movie.

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    Usually, I machine sew it to the front and hand sew it to the back. If it's a charity quilt, I just fold the back over and stitch it to the front with a zig zag or blanket stitch. I've tried Leah Day's way of machine sewing the whole thing, but I wasn't happy with how it looked, and so I ripped it all out and started again the way I've always done it. Some people use a decorative stitch. I haven't tried that.

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    I've used several of the methods above.
    Machine back to front if machine stitching down, or decorative stitch.
    Machine front first if hand hemming.

    The best part is the Happy Dance when it's done !!! :)

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