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    To me knife edge binding is like leaving an opening to turn a sewn project inside out and then you have the opening to close up by folding the edges in and then sewing the opening closed. This is the way I do it all around the quilt. Sometimes I sew a strip of fabric on both sides of the quilt and turn those in. Looks like binding because the fabric is different but not stuffed. I do it differently however the mood strikes when binding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolph33 View Post
    I fold and iron mine in half.then sew to the back with a quarter inch seam,then fold to the front and miter the corners.I can not hand stitch as many items as I make and keep up-2 carpal tunnels operations and machine sewing is better for my hands too.
    Do you start off with 2 1/2 or 2 1/4 inch strips? Does one work better than the other?

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    Nice to see different ways to do bindings. I think the true knife edge is turned in on front and back and blind stitched at the edge. The other knife edge shown was with binding sewn on the front and turned back so it doesn't show on the front. Then sewn on the back.
    One more way to make a quilt reversible is to make your binding of two fabrics. Half matches the front and the other half matches the back. I think Betty Cotton shows how to do this. That way one color shows only on the front and the other color only on the back. This is tricky to get perfect, but I've seen it done perfectly.

    One other thing: when we talk about glue, I think we should always use the words "school glue" You never know when someone will see a comment about glue who has never heard about it before, and thinks all glue is the same. Just don't want someone to get the wrong idea and mess up a project.
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    Thank you, I'm always looking for new ways of doing things.
    I think that I'll try this on some left over quilt blocks.
    Veronica

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    So glad to learn this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girlfriend View Post
    Do you start off with 2 1/2 or 2 1/4 inch strips? Does one work better than the other?
    I find the 2 1/4 inch works best for me with Warm and Natural batting. A much higher batting might require the wider binding. I too glue...use Roxanne's...I like not having anything to catch when feeding it through the machine.

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    the knife edge method looks pretty interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfstamper View Post
    Try elmer's glue with the pressing - a small bead works great!
    This glue thing sounds intriguing. I will try it with binding but also with hand applique, esp the small pieces. I'm tired of working around pins that poke and catch and shred silk thread!
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    Learn something new everyday and I like different ways of doing things.
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    -I have my backing about 3 inches bigger on each side of my quilt then once I am all done quilting it, I trim up my batting and I place/fold the edge of my backing next to the edge of my top then fold over and sew very close to the edge on the top so you have about a 1/2 inch looking binding...I make lots of baby quilts for friends n family so this is a fast way for me bind my quilts...

    -I've also done this with some bigger quilts and it still looks nice and holds up very well...I have hand stitched binding before and agree it looks better but I prefer to machine stitch if I can...on a show quilt I would definitely hand stitch but for all my other quilts I machine stitch it


    -I think your tip is great!! Nicely done.
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    Thanks for the info on the knife edge binding. I don't know whether I'll use it because I like tomiter my corners, but it's always nice to have different things in my "bag of tricks."
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    I have a question - On the video by Sharon S-- for doing the Elmer's around the edge with the binding - there's a tip of some kind on the bottle of glue. If she said what the tip WAS I missed it, and the video was far too blurry for me to see what the heck it was! Can anybody tell me what the tip thing was? I can't wait to try this the next time I bind a quilt.

    I have to say - in the few weeks I've been a member of this board, I've seen MORE nifty tricks mentioned, and nifty tools, and really helpful tutorials than I've seen in the last 10 years. This is the BEST ever for my quilting loves and skills!

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    I took 2 classes from the author of this book. Lots of wonderful finishes. Its one of my go to books. Amazon doesnt seem to have the revised edition. Get it directly from designer.

    http://www.buttercupquilts.com/fine_finish.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    Here is a picture (maybe!) of my knife edge binding
    That is absolutely georgous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolph33 View Post
    I fold and iron mine in half.then sew to the back with a quarter inch seam,then fold to the front and miter the corners.I can not hand stitch as many items as I make and keep up-2 carpal tunnels operations and machine sewing is better for my hands too.
    That's how I do mine too. I fold mine in half and iron; then sew to the back; fold to front and sew down. (usually by machine but sometimes by hand).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minmom3 View Post
    I have a question - On the video by Sharon S-- for doing the Elmer's around the edge with the binding - there's a tip of some kind on the bottle of glue. If she said what the tip WAS I missed it, and the video was far too blurry for me to see what the heck it was! Can anybody tell me what the tip thing was? I can't wait to try this the next time I bind a quilt.

    I have to say - in the few weeks I've been a member of this board, I've seen MORE nifty tricks mentioned, and nifty tools, and really helpful tutorials than I've seen in the last 10 years. This is the BEST ever for my quilting loves and skills!

    Melinda
    I saw those metal tips for sale somewhere not too long ago. They come in a set of 7. Google something about metal tips for glue bottles and maybe you'll be able to find it.
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    Very cool! Love the look! Now to learn how to do this.

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    I found a lot of places that might have the metal tips, but haven't ordered any nor shopped for them.
    http://www.clotilde.com/list.html?cat_id=18 has something.
    SoftExpressions.com is another one
    Mayco sells an 18 gauge applicator which is too big. I didn't find any other sizes there.
    Annie's Crafts has Glue Caps and Needle Tips.
    Michael's might have the metal tips by the stained glass/glass painting section.
    Some JoAnn's stores have the tips with paint bottles and brushes. Apple Barrel acrylic paint has a tip.
    Hobby Lobby might have them in the craft department.
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    The knife edge binding looks good for the quilts that are hung and don't get washed too often. For the mitre corner bit couldn't one just after sewing the straight sides down on the back, the across ones could be folded at the corners at the 45 degree angle which would make a mitred frame on the back. A different idea for the gluing and ironing of the regular binding is one which I haven't tried but Judy who runs an online business in Australia told us she sews her binding on with fusible thread on one side and then irons it and the binding stays stuck on for easy handstitching without pins or clips. (Or machine sewing I guess.) I would imagine you would place it in the bobbin and then sew so that when the binding is folded over it meets the fusible thread there rather than where it left from if you get my drift.

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    I always learn something new at on this board! Thanks so much!

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    I saw another great tip on this board recently. They suggested not pressing the binding in half before sewing it on the front (or back if you that first); just hand fold it and sew it on. Not only does this save you the trouble of pressing it in half, it also folds over more smoothly to the other side when you're ready to do that part, since it allows the fold line to readjust itself ever so slightly to make up for the fact that the inner half will be slightly smaller than the outer half. I've tried it already on 2 quilts and plan to do it that way from now on.

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    I've enjoyed this discussion and the interesting tips and techniques. Thanks.
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    For those who garment sew, just think of the knife edge binding, as shown in the first picture, as a narrow facing. It could easily have mitered corners; just fold extra fabric in instead of just folding over at the corners.

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    I use to hand sew bindings to front. I heard they should be hand sewed to the back. There is never just one way to do something. There are no quilt police on here either. I'm with Jan, I also don't care for the knife edge.
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    I can't grasp what this knife edge is. I don't understand how you do it. I read everything and looked at all the photos and am perplexed. I think I need to see a video of it to totally understand what you all are talking about. I don't like binding and if this is something I might like, I would really like to understand it. Any videos out there? Help!!!
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