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    I just did this.

    Seems I've invented another mistake. Just can't believe I did this, sewed the binding to back of my quilt, now what of course my corners are great.It's now in my UFO pile to be dealt with when I'm in a better mind set. LOL.
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    Machine stitch the binding to the front! It might not look quite as clean as stitching to the front and hand-sewing to the back, but if your stitches are neat and/or you use a decorative stitch, it can be quite attractive.
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    I agree with Jennalyn, I do bindings that way when I am on a deadline. They look fine, especially if you use a decorative stitch that will look good from the back too or use bobbin thread that "disappears" into your backing fabric.
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    No law says you can't hand stitch it to the front. Keep you stitches small and even and pretend you wanted it that way.
    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tesspug View Post
    No law says you can't hand stitch it to the front. Keep you stitches small and even and pretend you wanted it that way.
    I so agree with tesspu. When I first started my first two were done that way - worked fine/ looked fine!! Just go with it!
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    Don't rip it out, just stitch it down. I do all of my quilt bindings this way and I like it!
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    true... I wouldn't consider this a mistake. It's just another option!

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    Why not just hand stitch it to the front? Don't suppose there is a law that says it HAS to be machine sewn to the front, and stitched in the back. Don't know that it would make a whole lot of difference.

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    I have a. Friend who does this on purpose,so she can admire the quilt while she sews on the binding.
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    If you use a ladder stitch you won't be able to tell which side was hand stitched.

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    I never saw a quilters' law about which side to machine sew down. Did I miss that one? 'Cause if I did, I still don't care.
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    I made this mistake this week and left it and hand stitched. I did extremely small stitches and took me longer than normal. It loo ked great . I did think about a fancy stitch .
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    Gee it would be a mistake for me if it were the other way around. I do all my bindings like that.

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    Sometimes I deliberately sew my bindings on like that. Just depends on the look I want. I'd hand stitch it down on the front if I were you. If any of the corners are so bad they'll drive you crazy to leave them alone, then fix them first.

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    Good luck, we do some things we just don't understand once in awhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francie yuhas View Post
    I have a. Friend who does this on purpose,so she can admire the quilt while she sews on the binding.
    What a terrific thought! I really like your friend's approach!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennalyn View Post
    Machine stitch the binding to the front! It might not look quite as clean as stitching to the front and hand-sewing to the back, but if your stitches are neat and/or you use a decorative stitch, it can be quite attractive.
    Unless it is an heirloom quilt - use a nice decorative stitch or blind or straight nice and even - your thread color may make a huge difference. This is my preferred way on children's quilts.

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    Finish it. If nothing else baste the binding to front so it meets you expectations the sew. An extra step but what the heck!

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    I am self taught.....the first two I made were done this way. Then I noticed that others did it differently. I still like my first ones! No one notices...not even me!

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    I have always hand sewn my bindings to the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    Don't rip it out, just stitch it down. I do all of my quilt bindings this way and I like it!
    Same here!!

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    I agree with everyone. I have made quilts where I have either hand stitched binding on the front or made a decorative stitch on the binding in the front. Both looked great and had mitered corners too. Let yourself and the quilt rest this weekend and finish your work of art. This is just an opportunity to see that there are other ways of finishing a binding. Happy quilting!


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    Wow, I'm finally able to post. Thank you to all who replied. I'll take your advice & use a decorative stitch & sew it that way, next week. Busy weekend ( yard work, grin).
    True4uca

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    I agree with others, stitch to the front. Either by hand or machine, make it look intentional! I do this with a decorative stitch and it adds a bit of design to it!
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    I bind all my children's quilts that way. Sew to the back first and use a decorative stitch on the front. Its easy and much stronger than a hand stitched binding.

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