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Old 02-07-2020, 01:31 PM
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I sew to the back of the quilt first. Then bring around to the front and stitch down using a straight stitch or a decorative stitch.

What happens that you don't like the look of the binding? Perhaps we can help and offer some tips for you.
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Old 02-07-2020, 02:54 PM
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I always sew the binding onto the front and flip it and finish by hand. If I am doing the entire binding by machine I sew from the back and flip to the front and carefully topstitch from the front for the finish.
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Old 02-07-2020, 03:13 PM
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I do most of my binding by machine.....I stitch it to back....then pull it to front.....I use a modified serpentine stitch....I have a Bernina which makes it easy to modify and I also did it with Viking D1 and SE. The stitch just gives a gentle little wave....I pull the binding so it is just a little over the stitch line from stitching the binding to the back....and I run the that edge of my binding just along the inside of the toe of my foot....that keeps it lined up right for me....maybe a bit different for the foot you are using but you get the idea....when I get to the corners....I just stop that an inch or two from the corner...pull my binding into a miter...and resume stitching being careful to keep the binding in place....took me a bit to get the corners down....I sometimes have a little bit of the stitching show on the backing....but I am getting better at not doing that with practice.....I make mostly quilts that will be used, thrown in the washer and dryer...works for me....and I get to finish more quilts!
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Old 02-07-2020, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Krisb View Post
The only way I can bind by machine is to use a flange binding. In a word, the binding is two pieces of fabric, one if which creates a flange on the finished product. You sew to the back, bring it to the front, and stitch in the ditch between the flange and the binding proper, or stitch right on top of the flange. I use my ditch foot and stitch in the ditch.

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Old 02-07-2020, 03:46 PM
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I sew to the back first and then the front. Try to match the bobbin thread to the back when you do the top. it works good for me. Good luck and let us know how the binding turn out.
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Old 02-07-2020, 04:16 PM
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I sew all bindings by machine. I can make more quilts, faster and my hands don't cramp.
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:10 PM
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I have to admit I sew to the front and sew the back side by hand.
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:20 PM
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I'm another one who has never been happy with the many ways I've tried to machine bind. I've seen people who can do it excellently but that's not me. So I still machine sew on the front (so I can watch my seam allowance if I have to) flip to the back and then hand stitch.

I am considering trying my next child type donation project to try sewing to the back and then flipping to the front -- but then finish with a decorative stitch close to the fold edge but extending up into the the binding a bit.
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Old 02-07-2020, 06:21 PM
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I sew my bindings on exactly as Sewingpup does using my Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2. Love that serpentine stitch. Had it on my first Pfaff (1472) and programmed it into the 4,2.. I also use it to quilt on top of the seam lines. Not quite stitch in the ditch but close. It reinforces the seam. Most of my quilts are for donation to children and will be machine washed and dried so I want them to be sturdy.
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Old 02-07-2020, 07:00 PM
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Flange binding works great. I will also sew on the front, flip, glue & press on the back. Then stitch in the ditch on the front. This works very well for drag around quilts.
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