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    I do machine binding occasionally and for me the decorative stitches work very well. It adds another dimension to the quilt as well as it isn't as noticeable if you 'wobbled' off the edge like a straight stitch. It certainly cuts the time down!!

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    I've done both but most of the quilts I make go to Quilts for Kids and they only want machine stitching. Of the two methods, I prefer the machine because I think in the long run it will hold up better.
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    I machine bind all my quilts. Sew on the back and bring to the front and use a blanket stitch or decorative stitch.

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    I only tried to machine bind once. I was not satisfied with the look. I prefer the look of binding by hand and I think it's relaxing to do. I enjoy it when I have time.

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    Mostly I stitch the folded binding on the front and then in the evenings I stitch it by hand on the back. I have made a couple of quilts that you turn inside out and also one where I brought the binding to the front. I like to stitch by hand as then it looks nicer--to me but have friends that always put bindings on with machine. I do the bindings in the evening when I am more relaxed. It works for me. Also the binding seems to get the most wear and it is easier replaced...not that I've ever done that but have an old one here that I will replace the binding with a new one. Have lots of real old fabric and feed sacks.

    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I do not like to bind my quilts. I have 9 quilts waiting to be bound. That must tell you how much I don't like binding quilts. I want to machine bind them all.

    I know they don't look as good. I know that 100%. My LQS owner bound my last quilt and she machine bound it with flowers and it looked wonderful. I want to try it. It wasn't a straight stitch, so it didn't matter that it wasn't straight all the way around.

    It was a wide flowery stitch, about 1/4" wide. What is your opinion? I use to hand bind years and years and years ago. I need these done by Christmas and the only way I will get them done is to machine sew them.

    I even send them out to be bound (shame on me). But I want to do it myself and machine sew them. Is that so awful? The people they are going to don't quilt. So they won't know the difference.
    Last edited by granny216; 10-13-2012 at 06:07 AM. Reason: forgot to add replacing the binding.

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    I have never done machine binding on a quilt as I like the satisfaction of the hand sewing process.

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    I always machine sew the binding since my hands can't take that much hand sewing. It doesn't look as nice but my hands still feel fine when I'm done!

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    I hand sew on ones that are not toss arounds. I just don't like the look of machine sewn, at least not mine. I have tried the back to front , the decoritive stitch etc. I like the plain smooth look of the hand sewn binding. But I realize there are people who can do the machine sewn much better than I and ones who just can't do hand sewing anymore. Also each quilt is different. If I am making a wall hanging good chance the binding is going to be machine sewn After all no one will see the back.

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    I hand sew some my quilts when doing the binding but since I tried the binding with the flange, I have done machine binding & quite like it. The little bit of flange gives the quilt a little pop of extra colour & if you are careful when stitching, it is almost un-noticeable. Of course, you sew the binding on the back of the quilt first then bring it to the front & sew that last. I say, whatever works for you, then do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I do not like to bind my quilts. I have 9 quilts waiting to be bound. That must tell you how much I don't like binding quilts. I want to machine bind them all.
    I machine bind all of my quilts except those I plan on putting in a show. I use the "faux piping" technique. http://tlcstitches.blogspot.com/2010...-tutorial.html

    It's the easiest way to get a beautiful binding that's machine sewn. After you do the first one you'll love the way they turn out. My latest is this one:
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    I love reading all these post. Doing the binding by hand is my FAVORITE part of doing the quilt. It just makes me happy to be be doing it. Strange I know, but that's how I roll.

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    If you really, really hate binding, maybe you can find a binding attachment, for your machine. I recently bought one, for my Janome . . . but haven't yet sat down, to learn how to use it (have been trying to finish up a few other things). Anyway, it looks pretty straightforward, except for turning the corners (which will just require a bit a practice).
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    I do both. I hand bind special quilt projects but for childrens quilts I machine bind.

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    I machine bind them-my hands cramp so bad when I do hand work not an option for me

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    I don't think it's strange I Think it's great! wish my hands would hold up

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    How about if you machine sew the binding on and then hire out the hand sewing? I love the hand stitching part, then I get to watch TV! The times I'm in a hurry and machine stitch the binding down, I've found it's very stiff, and sometimes curls a little.

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    I machine bind all of mine. To difficult for me to thread a needle and then see where the stitches go. I have used both a "straight" stitch and decorative stitch. Both looked great. Good luch.
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    Don't worry about the quilt police. If you want to machine bind them, go for it!

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    Jeanne, I love to hand bind quilts! A good movie and a quilt to bind and I am in my glory! If I can help out I would be happy to bind a quilt or two for you!!

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    Okay I may be in the minority here but I really like binding my quilts by hand. If I lived close by I'd help you out. Maybe we could trade. I have two quilts in my quilt room that need to be quilted. Not my favorite part of quilting.

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    My friend will hand sew the corners so they are perfect & then machine sew the entire binding. She will also use a decorative stitch. She's won many ribbons this way.
    Beverly

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaBear61 View Post
    I have done machine binding when I was on a time crunch too. Make a little practise sandwich and try a few different stitches to see what look you like. When I did mine I sewed the binding from the back first so that I was putting the decorative stitch on the top side and this let me have a little more control over the placement of the stitch (less critical on the backside). Good luck.
    This is what I do all the time. I HATE hand binding myself. I like it when other people do it, though.

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    I don't usually machine bind my quilts, but my last two charity quilts were flannel and I wanted to get them done and to the group, so I did do them by machine. Not sure how I was able to manage it, but the front looked just as nice as the back (sewn from the back). I still would rather hand sew my bindings down, but I think that either way is just fine and it really does depend on the user - if a child, probably would last longer machine done - if a wall hanging, it probably would look better if done by hand ...

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    I so agree with all the comments.

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    NQA certified quilt judges accept machine binding as a legitimate of binding a quilt. They judge on how well it is done. I machine bind 99% of the time. Most often I do a blanket stitch on the front as small as I can with a matching thread. It is such a time saver.

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