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Old 03-19-2023, 10:41 AM
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What are the pros and cons to Machine Binding front and back of the quilt ? I am making a wall hanging and I fairly new to quilting.
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Old 03-19-2023, 11:01 AM
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Welcome SharonMary! For years I did hand binding. Now I do it by machine. It took a bit of practice to get the stitches where i wanted them to be. But because of a bit of arthritis my hands just didn't do as well as with all the hand stitching. So I was motivated to learn. If a quilt is for competition or a showing I think they prefer hand binding, but if not, machine binding is much less time consuming and stronger.
I do a double 2 1/2 in. binding. I attach it on the back and then fold it over, i do not iron the binding in half, and stitch down on the front. I set my needle and presser foot so the seem is on the binding close to the first stitching on the back. There are many ways to do this and the internet has a lot of tutorials regarding machine binding. Some suggestions have you using different creative stitching programed on your machine. Good luck and have fun with it.
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Old 03-19-2023, 11:05 AM
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well I used to machine the binding in the front then do back by hand it took longer and hurt my shoulder.
Now I put binding on the back by machine then do the front by machine also. I use silk thread for the top binding match it to color of binding the bobbin thread should match the backing. It goes pretty quick
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Old 03-19-2023, 12:27 PM
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All binding I do is 100% machine bound. It's faster, easier and my arms and hands don't hurt as much when I'm done. But I recognize that others enjoy binding by hand, and applaud their work.
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Old 03-19-2023, 02:22 PM
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Any donation quilt that I bind is done entirely by machine. If it is a 'special event' quilt like a wedding quilt, I will take the time and effort to hand bind. Thank goodness they are getting few and few!!
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Old 03-19-2023, 04:46 PM
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The only machine sewn binding I like is the QB tutorial “ machine binding with flange.”
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Old 03-19-2023, 05:22 PM
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I like this one - It by Jenny from Missouri Star Quilts - The Ultimate Quilt Binding Tutorial with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star
I always for machine binding.

I did one change though as I like a wider binding. I cut my fabric strips to 3" and iron them in half. Then when I sew it to the back of the quilt, I use a 3/8" seam, and then fold it to the front and sew about 1/8" from the edge of the binding to sew it down.
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Old 03-19-2023, 06:19 PM
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Sherilyn Mortensen (of Sea Sherilyn Sew) taught me how to sew the binding on by machine to the front. Then turn the binding to the back and stitch-in-the-ditch along the binging on the front. It works amazing! I do glue the mitered corners down, and start with a 2 1/2" strip (for hand binding I start with a 2 1/4" strip).
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Old 03-20-2023, 03:53 AM
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I made a tutorial to explain the way I bind quilts. I basically trim away the batting and backing 1.25" and fold front edge to back, Then stich with decorative stitch. Here are the steps to binding my quilts
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Old 03-20-2023, 04:50 AM
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I don't see a big deal about it. I fold the binding over the edge and sew it down both sides at once. When I do it this way, I cut gentle curves for the corners so I don't have to fuss about a miter. I press the binding using starch to get a crisp fold line. I butt the edge of the quilt to the fold line so both sides are even width.
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