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    I have never mastered the art of machine binding. I for one love to hand bind. I crawl into bed at night especially in the winter when it's cold to watch TV and bind my heart out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    What I do now is sew to front, roll to back, and make sure that it covers the stitch line on the back. I am a pinner (for everything) but have started using the Clover binding clips, cute little effective buggers. Anyway I then stitch in the ditch on the front (with care and taking my time) I started using a foot that has a flange down the middle (don't know if it is an overcast or blind hem foot) but it works extremely well to help keep you stitching in the ditch. If you use a good matching thread, you can not see your stitch line on the front at all since the binding kinda rolls back over it. I always take my time and inspect the back, I usually only have to catch one or two very small places I missed.....works for me
    This is a very good explanation of how stitch the binding on the front and then roll it to the back; pin, clip or glue and then stitch in the ditch on the front. One more step would enhance your experience. When the binding has been sewn onto the front, press the binding open well, off the edge of the quilt. This makes sure you can see the "ditch" to sew into it. If you don't finish this process in one sitting, press again before you start again. After the binding relaxes, it seems to roll back and cover the stitching. Hope this helps.

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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 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.
    Honestly, I feel quilting should be fun so you should do what makes you happy. Experiment and have fun!
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    I machine bind all my quilts. I sure have gotten better with practice and learning to take my time. My hands hurt when doing handwork. If I didn't machine bind, I would have a stack as large as yours. LOL!
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    I had hand surgery 10 years ago, and haven't been able to do hand bindings on large quilts...just too hard on my hand to do for long periods of time. So now I only do hand bindings on smaller projects and do machine binding on my larger quilts. I often use the blanket stitch, or feather stitch. I sew the binding to the front of quilt, turn rest to back, and then stitch along the ditch. It looks great on the front of quilt, maybe not so great on the back, but is very sturdy...and done. If I had to do them by hand, they would sit unfinished.

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    I typically machine sew all my bindings down. I started out machine stitching until I was comfortable enough to do it by hand, but after sitting for nearly five hours stitching a huge quilt on a time crunch I machine bind. I haven't made any show quilts or anything that would need perfection. Also, after the quilt is quilted I usually let is sit for a few weeks before I want to consider cutting and sewing binding. After I sew the binding to the back, my quilt sits until I want to devote a few hours to machine stitching it down. I just try to stay on the stitching that holds the other side of the bind down.

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    I machine bind all my quilts. I cannot physically sit and hand sew a great big quilt. Like others have said, I make the binding 3 inches and then fold in half. Attach to the back and pull to the front. Sometimes I just straight stitich in a thread to match the quilting thread so when it shows on the back it coordinates as wellas on the front.I have used straight stitches which sort of look like a frame on the back. I have also done the front with zig zag stitches. Some other decorative stitches look great too.

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    I always machine stitch the binding on. They can look great. If you are skilled with a sewing machine you can get a beautiful result. I cut 2.5" binding fabric and press it in half. Then I sew a 1/4" seam with the binding on the front. When I turn it to the back I pin it around, and stitch in the ditch on the top side, catching just inside the edge of the binding on the back side. If you move the binding away from the seam as you stitch in the ditch, it will be totally hidden once the binding relaxes back into place. No visible stitching on the front, and a nice edge stitch on the back.

    I am not about to sit and hand stitch binding down, no matter how "traditional" that is... Consequently, I don't mind binding my quilts at all! I actually enjoy it.
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    I always machine bind my quilts. I cannot do the hand sewing due to physical restraints. I have made a lot of quilts in the 2.5 years I've been quilting and have not had one complaint about the machine binding. Sometimes I use the decorative stitches, sometimes a straight stitch. It depends on the style of the quilt.
    One thing I like to do if it works with the stitch pattern is to make it longer so the zigzag is further apart than the stitch design is meant to be. This stretches the pattern over a longer distance and uses less thread.
    It doesn't work well on flowers but is great on leaves and can be done on hearts to a moderate degree. Just try it on scrap till you find what works for you. I use fleece for backings so the tight zigzag sometimes will bind up in the fleece.
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    I machine all of mine ....but I am a begginer
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    I too love the look of the hand binding. I have done some machine binding, mostly on lap robes and baby quilts. I love to sit and watch tv and sew binding on, once the quilt is all finished. But it looks like the decorative stitching would work really well, too. I think we do whatever we have the time for. As long as you are making quilts.

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    cat. that is a real nice binding will have to check out the tut. i just machine binded a twin quilt tonite. just got done. usable, service quilts i machine bind. i don't exhibit. i'm not that fussy of a quilteder. but i like them done nicely. my dear jane, i hand sewed the binding on the scalloped edge. nice, nice quilts, i hand sew the binding.

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    I always machine bind my quilts. I cut my strips @ 2 1/4", iron it wrong sides together, sew it on back side, flip it over & sew on folded edge to right side. I don't have a problem with this.

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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 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.
    I LOVE to bind...absolutely love it, but doing by hand takes time. However, I have a baby quilt that I am donating to our charity for our guild on Tuesday night and after I finish quilting it Tuesday afternoon, I am machine binding it. It is fun and looks nice, but I will miss the hand binding that I really love!!
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    I just machine finished a quilt for a client. I used 2 1/2 inch binding pressed in half and sprayed with starch per Sharon Schamber. I sewed it to the front with 1/4 inch seam. Then used Wonder Clips to make sure I had enough on the back to catch when I SID'd from the front. I only had to go back and restitch 2 small places where I didn't catch the binding on the back. I did a little hand stitching to secure the corners. My personal preference is using ladder stitch to hand bind with 1/4 inch or smaller stitches. I love hand work and do hand binding professionally as well. But I think however they are done its nice to have them finished and being used.
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    I machine bind mine, always come out beautifully with mitered corners. I've gotten very quick at it.
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    I am a bit peculiar...I LOVE binding. I machine the front and ladder-stitch the back. That being said, if you hate it...why not use a machine. If you pin the dickens out of it and choose a pretty stitch (love that leaf stitch laurafet), I can't see how it wouldn't turn out nicely. Just go with the technique that works for you and your quilts. It is supposed to be enjoyable....not an ordeal. Happy binding (no matter which way you choose).

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    I have done it both ways, I like them both.

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    Yes, good video; I used that method of fun and done to put together some miss shaped end of bolt block and it came out ok. But I did resew the middle with a zig zag stitch because I was giving this to a rambuncous boy and wanted to make sure it stayed together. It worked just fine. I do bind my quilts by machine because it is faster. When in doubt there are no rules in quilting and the quilt police can do their own thing--basicly Have Fun and enjoy yourself.

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    Yes, good video; I used that method of fun and done to put together some miss shaped end of bolt blocks and it came out ok. But I did resew the middle with a zig zag stitch because I was giving this to a rambuncous boy and wanted to make sure it stayed together. It worked just fine. I do bind my quilts by machine because it is faster. When in doubt there are no rules in quilting and the quilt police can do their own thing--basicly Have Fun and enjoy yourself.

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    always machine bind now-way faster.
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    I mainly machine bind my quilts ever since I became the local Project Linus coordinator as the quilts need to be sturdier than most, just because a child is ill doesn't stop him/her being a child so quilts are used a lot for Batman capes, dolls houses etc. etc. Also besides getting a lot of handling they get a lot more laundering so the binding must be strong so machine stitching them is the only option, so I thought I would post how I do mine.

    For an ordinary thickness of quilt I cut my strips 2 3/8" ( thicker ones 2 1/4") fold and table press in half longways.

    I stitch on with a 3/8" seam, on to front as you normally would, fold over and you will see that both sides line up exactly. I then normally us a "Blanket" stitch that I have on my machine, but a stepped zig-zag works and looks just as good. Below is a couple of pics of one that I am just finishing, not perfect but more than acceptable IMO.

    BTW the other lovely way to finish a quilt is "Accent binding" here is a link to a superb free tutorial, you must try it as it gives an added dimension to a quilt and looks lovely: http://www.heirloomcreations.net/wp-...lt_binding.pdf
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    I have only machine-sewed my binding on one quilt, but did that because I did a decorative piping as an embellishment. It was so easy and it worked out great! Personally, I think that the recipients of your quilts will be so thrilled that they got a gift that was made by you that I don't think that how the binding was done will be an issue. Consider the piped binding...it adds a nice element. Hope all works out for you!
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    Machine stitch only here! Hurts my hands to do by hand, not to mention time.

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    i machine bind mine also. I sew the back first and then the front. I use bobbing thread the same color as the back so I don't notice as much. Also I'm quiltng for love and not contests so win win all around. Never had a complaint about a present yet.

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