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Old 06-20-2017, 08:44 AM
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Hi, Does anyone have a way to attach machine binding so it looks nice on both sides of quilt. Would like to use this on a baby quilt. Mine always looks messy on one side. Thanks, Lorraine
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:21 AM
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There are so many tutorials it is hard to choose one that fits best without trying a few. I especially like videos or plenty of pictures. Several seem to prefer using a decorative stitch to allow a little less precision with nice results on both sides. Maybe one of these would work?:
http://blog.ilovefabric.com/2012/03/...-bind-a-quilt/
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I think machine binding is something that requires practice. I haven't practiced, so mine didn't look good the one time I tried it.
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:28 AM
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I have successfully used the flange binding method, I don't know how to post the link, but if you google it, it will come up.
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:42 AM
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Flange binding is also called magic binding. It's easy and always looks really good.

I always do machine binding, I hate hand sewing. I sew the binding to the back of the quilt first. Then I pull it to the front and use a zipper foot to sew it down. I sew it slow without using pins or clips, just holding a few inches at a time in place. It doesn't take long and always looks pretty good.

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Old 06-20-2017, 11:01 AM
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I also use the flange method a lot and I make sure to use matching thread color so any slight mismatches won't show too much. After I sew the binding on the backside and pull the flanged part to the front, I pin along the flange. Before I sew down the flange, I check the back and make sure that the pins are in the background fabric.
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Old 06-20-2017, 12:27 PM
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Use the search box on QB and put in - Quick Machine binding with flange. This is the only machine binding I like and if you match the thread colour to the backing when you sew along the flange, it looks great.
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Originally Posted by lorraine43 View Post
Hi, Does anyone have a way to attach machine binding so it looks nice on both sides of quilt. Would like to use this on a baby quilt. Mine always looks messy on one side. Thanks, Lorraine
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I don't particularly care for machine binding, for the same reason as you have already mentioned.

The Flange Binding method does look good when completed, but likewise, you do end up with a row of stitching on the back side. A good match of the thread colour to the backing fabric colour as well as potentially using a finer thread could help with the camouflage.

However .... there is no reason why you could not do a regular hand finished binding on a baby quilt, if that is your preferred method.
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I only machine bind now. most of my quilts are donated for kids. I think it is more secure and will hold up to washings much better. Machine binding also allows me to make more quilts and faster. I am sure the kids don't check to see how perfect it is.
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Thanks to all of you! I am going to try the flange method. I've watched some YouTube video's.
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