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    Hey everyone....Ive started getting some of my xmas projects started and when I get to the end of the project and I have to do binding...I just get so frustrated its always a fiscal is that a word lol.....I usually get it done but Iam never happy with it...Ive watched videos and tutorials etc.....is there a secret to this that I have to pay for lol....its mostly my corners I can never get them perfect for some reason....Iam beginning to think I need to take a class for this......anyways if any of you have any secrets to share I sure would appreciate it.......thx Trish :wink:

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    the two things that helped me:
    1. stop the sewing 1/4" before the corner
    2. fold the binding backward at an exact 90 to the side you just sewed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trish88
    Hey everyone....Ive started getting some of my xmas projects started and when I get to the end of the project and I have to do binding...I just get so frustrated its always a fiscal is that a word lol.....I usually get it done but Iam never happy with it...Ive watched videos and tutorials etc.....is there a secret to this that I have to pay for lol....its mostly my corners I can never get them perfect for some reason....Iam beginning to think I need to take a class for this......anyways if any of you have any secrets to share I sure would appreciate it.......thx Trish :wink:
    I think you mean 'fiasco" lol

    But there is a trick to it and you don't have to pay for it. Are you trying to do the miter corners when you are sewing the front on by machine? Is that where the hard part is? Or is it getting the mitered corners on the back when you hand stitch it?

    I just did a binding on a few small items and took lots of pictures I will post when I have them up on my blog. PM me if you want I'll try to help you out.

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    Send it to me! I LOVE doing bindings! And I'm great at it!

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    I just finished binding a table runner and used Sharon Schamber's techniques from her binding tutorials. Wow! The difference was amazing. 1st it was way easier than I expected and the result was much more professional looking. I highly recommend her utube tutorials.

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    Check out some youtube videos. Maybe seeing someone else do it will help.

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    When I first started quilting I did each side of my bindings individually turning my ends under to finish. The quilt police never arrested me either!They looked really nice & I especially liked the sharp corners on wall hangings. I have since learned to miter corners & don't do it that way any more, but I am happy with the way my older quilts look.

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    Phyliss...I would love to see your pictures......and yes its when Iam sewing the front with my machine and coming to the corner.....also it usually happens when I do small projects like wall hangings, table toppers, coasters etc......thx again for your help......Trish

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    Maggie...omg.....I did that too....and know what I thought it looked awsome and I didnt have trouble doing those corners.....hmmmmm you mean theres others like me....opps dont want the quilt police after me thats for sure lol...thx Trish

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    Wish I lived nearer. I would do them for you or at least do a one-to-one tutorial!! :lol: :lol: :thumbup:

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    watch my binding on www.quilterstv.com. There are two. Scroll and search for the first ones.

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    Thx for the information.....I intend on learning this.....Trish

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    Hilary...you are so sweet thx...wow everyone has been awsome...Trish :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trish88
    Hey everyone....Ive started getting some of my xmas projects started and when I get to the end of the project and I have to do binding...I just get so frustrated its always a fiscal is that a word lol.....I usually get it done but Iam never happy with it...Ive watched videos and tutorials etc.....is there a secret to this that I have to pay for lol....its mostly my corners I can never get them perfect for some reason....Iam beginning to think I need to take a class for this......anyways if any of you have any secrets to share I sure would appreciate it.......thx Trish :wink:
    Trish I must be a weirdo quilter..I love to do binding..BUT I do it by hand not on the machine..and I don't do mitered corners. I just tuck mine in. Usually do the sides first then the top & bottom fold over them. I find it much easier although it takes longer to do. It is my therapy I sit and sew in the evenings while DH is watching TV. If you were close to me I would bind for you. Happy Stitchin' crafty_linda_b sittin' & quitin' on the Cal-Ore border

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    Trish, last night I attempted to do my binding so I could had sew the other side during the last game of the World Series.
    Ummm.......... it didn't happen haha Did machine sew the one side but then abandoned everything.
    I don't know what I was thinking!! lol
    I'm not at all crazy about binding but at least when it's done we get to move on :D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    Send it to me! I LOVE doing bindings! And I'm great at it!
    I love doing them too.. I wouldn't say I'm great at it, but I so enjoy doing them, it's very relaxing to me.

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    i have a friend who always had trouble with mitered corners on her bindings- her answer was to round her corners---she uses a salad plate and cuts each corner into a curve- then using bias binding just binds- perfect every time-

    i don't have problems with the miters so i don't tend to use her technique- but she makes absolutely fabulous quilts! all with rounded corners.

    but just make a little dot at the 1/4" spot at the end of each side 1/4" from the end of the quilt side- in both directions- stop sewing right on that dot. take the quilt out- fold the binding up straight- fold it back down- line up the straight edge again and start sewing on the 1/4" dot and continue down to the next end. when you fold the binding to the back as you reach a corner fold the side you are approaching down- then fold the side you are on over it- forming your miter- then stitch to it- stitch the miter closed- and continue down the next side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoventryUK
    Wish I lived nearer. I would do them for you or at least do a one-to-one tutorial!! :lol: :lol: :thumbup:
    That is what I was going to say lol lol lol
    I love to do binding!!

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    I recently gave this method a try ... sew easy and all by machine.

    http://web.me.com/terrychilko/VeryTe...ipBinding.html

    remember to use your even feed foot on your DSM or engage the even feed
    system if your DSM has that

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    http://www.quilterstv.com/

    For Holice's video on binding, click on Browse Videos and scroll down to number 8.

    Excellent information here.

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    I hate binding a quilt, too. It's not that I can't do it and I do a nice job if I do it. It's that I am so sloooooooowwwww in nand sewing the binding down on the back. Don't know why it takes me at least 4-8 times longer to finish one than any of my friends (and I am not kidding). My mitered corners look great though.

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    There are lots of tutorials on binding on this site
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/search....inding&u=&s=10

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    Sue....lol...see its like doing laundry for me I dont mind the washing and sorting...but the folding and putting away makes me crazy lol...socks get lost you know the drill..anyways thx for being crazy with me....Trish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trish88
    Hey everyone....Ive started getting some of my xmas projects started and when I get to the end of the project and I have to do binding...I just get so frustrated its always a fiscal is that a word lol.....I usually get it done but Iam never happy with it...Ive watched videos and tutorials etc.....is there a secret to this that I have to pay for lol....its mostly my corners I can never get them perfect for some reason....Iam beginning to think I need to take a class for this......anyways if any of you have any secrets to share I sure would appreciate it.......thx Trish :wink:

    I had a bunch of people mention this to me too, and so I thought I would share the tutorial I created with my mom. I have received many comments on it helping them and I hope it might help you too.
    http://sewfunwiththesecretcloset.blo...e-binding.html
    Good luck!!

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    Sorry I can't seem to find where to browse videos it doesn't give me that option on the website that I can see.
    Quote Originally Posted by KarenK
    http://www.quilterstv.com/

    For Holice's video on binding, click on Browse Videos and scroll down to number 8.

    Excellent information here.

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