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Old 02-08-2020, 03:58 AM
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I sew most of my bindings by machine... sew to the back, stitch down on the front. Most of my quilts are donations to the cancer center. I'll sew to the front and hand stitch to the back for show quilts.
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Old 02-08-2020, 07:12 AM
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On my last baby quilt I sewed the binding to the front, and wrapped it around to the back and used a serpentine stitch of a contrasting color on the front, as an added design element. The back binding was about double the width of the front binding, so the serpentine stitch held it in place perfectly.
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Old 02-08-2020, 08:01 AM
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I sew the binding on the back and flip it over to the front. Then I sew it down in the front using a blanket-type stitch.
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Old 02-08-2020, 08:09 AM
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I use the same method -- sew to back, press, and line up the folded edge slightly over the seam on the front and then stitch. I use the french fold ( double fold) which I think makes binding much easier. Also, starching and ironing your binding before attaching to the quilt makes it easier to handle; that is if you are not using a bias binding. Starching and ironing a bias binding tends to stretch it, so avoid this option.
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Old 02-08-2020, 10:49 AM
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I sew the binding on to the back, then very carefully cut my seam to just less than 1/4". Fold over to the front and glue baste the binding so the front of the binding lays just past the seam on the back. Then sew the binding down right on the edge. You end up seeing the seam on the back, but it follows the binding and looks fine.
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Old 02-08-2020, 12:00 PM
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I sew it to the back. then for any lap or bigger size quilt I press it out and fold it to the front, then use elmer's school glue to glue it to the front, making sure it's just barely beyond the line of stitching-like one thread beyond. Then I use a zig zag stitch to sew it down on the front. If it's a wall quilt I just fold it to the front, use clips (since I won't be washing any glue out) and stitch it. I don't care what it looks like on the back for wall quilts.
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Old 02-08-2020, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by FoxyLady View Post
starching and ironing your binding before attaching to the quilt makes it easier to handle
I actually think not ironing it makes it easier to wrap around the edge of the quilt.
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Old 02-08-2020, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by twhvlr View Post
Here are a couple of sites that explain how I do mine. You can actually feel the “ditch” from the front to be able to sew it accurately.



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This looks pretty darn awesome! I will be trying it soon! Thanks for sharing both versions. Now I've watched the video, the written instructions make more sense!
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Old 02-08-2020, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by LadyA View Post
I made a twin size flannel quilt for a kids charity quilt and want to sew the binding on by machine. I have tried both ways in the past and neither seems to look that great, although sewing to the back first is easier to maneuver for me. Which method works best for you - sew to the back first and then the front or sew to the front first and then the back?
Thanks for any advice.
I sew the binding onto the back of the quilt, binding on top. Press the seam flat. Turn it over, I pin all four corners into their miters. One pin on the side of each corner and one in the miter. I fold over , now I use a 6 inch needle as my stiletto guide. I put the needle in the top seam line where I want it and then I set it down onto the bottom seam. I sew directly to the needle. You can hear the sound of the needle sewing on Heavier material.
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Old 02-09-2020, 03:21 AM
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I usually sew the binding onto the back, iron toward the front, and sew on the front. Sometimes I need to trim at the corners in order to get a neat miter. Most of the people receiving my quilts will machine wash/dry, so I feel this makes them more sturdy. It's easier on my eyes and my hands.
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