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Thread: Machine quilting- do you attach binding to back or front first?

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    Machine quilting- do you attach binding to back or front first?

    I just watched a you tube tutorial and she attached the binding first to the back side. I was always attaching to the front first and then flipping it over. Many times I had a few spots (or more!!) that didn't catch when I went to finish it up. I can't hand bind as I have bad carpal tunnel and my fingers are too numb....

    In the tutorial I watched she attached to the back first, then when it was flipped sewed the binding onto the front. As long as you are careful with keeping straight it should work. No worries about what's happening on the backside as you sew because the opened side I'd visible to you the whole time...

    What say the QB experts?

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    for hand finishing, i sew to the front first. when machine finishing, i sew to the back first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    for hand finishing, i sew to the front first. when machine finishing, i sew to the back first.
    This is what I do too
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    Same, attach front by machine, pin if you have to. Good luck..so sorry about carple tunnel.
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    I too, have struggled with which way to go.................I now attach to the front and stitch in the ditch to the back . I go slowly and I can adjust as I go I find the front looks better that way

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    Thanks ladies! I didn't expect such speedy advise.

    I also learned that I was sewing much faster than i Need to be. I love the you tube videos. When I quilted years ago the Internet was an infant. No you tube. No online quilting shops. No blogs. I'm gonna get in trouble.

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    I do all my binding by machine. I sew to the back first, then turn and sew on the front. I cut a 2 1/2 inch binding, press in half, then sew on. My hands can't do a lot of hand sewing any more. My bindings turn out pretty good (I am satisfied). It is not perfect but neither any I. Try some samples on scrap fabric with batting. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilson4514 View Post
    I too, have struggled with which way to go.................I now attach to the front and stitch in the ditch to the back . I go slowly and I can adjust as I go I find the front looks better that way
    This is what I do too.
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    same for me.
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    So far (just a handful of quilts) I've always sewn to the front first. But it makes sense to sew to the back first if you're not matching a pieced border to the front of the quilt.

    One thing I have done a couple times is cut either the front or the back of the quilt bigger all the way around, and then wrapped it to the other side to serve as the border. Then you don't have to worry about staying exactly along another seamline or catching the other side when you sew.

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    I attach the binding to the back and then sew with machine to the front. I no longer can do hand stitching. I use some of the decorative stitches on the front.

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    I do it both ways. Look at this tutorial for a fun binding: http://www.52quilts.com/2012/05/tues...c-binding.html
    Got fabric?

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    I still prefer hand sewing the binding to the back, but I did experiment with machine binding after a friend told me how she was doing hers. She machine sews to the front, then zigzags the raw edges with fusible thread. She then carefully presses the binding to the fusible thread on the back, making sure that the edge just overlaps the seam line made when she sewed the binding to the front. Then she machine stitches in the ditch on the front. Since the binding is fused to the back, the stitches just catch the binding at its edge.

    I tried this method but didn't have any fusible thread, so I used a glue stick to hold the binding in place on the back before stitching. The results were pretty good for the first time trying a new method.

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    Sew to front and SITD for me except for the one I did with a flange.

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    Same as Irishrose. Since I've started cutting my binding 2 5/8" instead of 2 1/2" my binding
    came out perfect. No missing spots at the back. Give this a try.

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    This is what works for me: if doing hand sewing, sew binding to the front and flip to the back to finish. If, doing it by machine, attach binding the the back and flip to the front to machine down. Sometimes I use fancy stitches on front
    and sometimes just straight stitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    for hand finishing, i sew to the front first. when machine finishing, i sew to the back first.
    Me, too!!!
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    i (like so many others) sew to front first-then turn to back for hand stitching;
    sew the the back- turn to front- if machine finishing- this allows me to keep the front looking good, make sure it is all caught- i very seldom finish with a machine binding- if i do i tend to choose a decorative stitch of some sort for the front side stitching....generally i only do this type of binding for 'quilts for kids' quilts- because they request the bindings always be done by machine- since the quilts are laundered in industrial machines often- they hold up better/are more secure.
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    If I want to sew the binding completely by machine, I do Charisma's Quick Machine binding with flange. It is sewn to the back first and then top stitched on the flange from the front.

    I have had good luck doing a fancy stitch from the front after using Elmer's washable school glue to stick the binding in position on the back. I run a thin line of the glue on the back edge of the quilt and iron the binding into perfect position. It stays right where you ironed it into position unlike pinning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    for hand finishing, i sew to the front first. when machine finishing, i sew to the back first.
    Yep, that's it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasSunshine View Post
    I do all my binding by machine. I sew to the back first, then turn and sew on the front. I cut a 2 1/2 inch binding, press in half, then sew on. My hands can't do a lot of hand sewing any more. My bindings turn out pretty good (I am satisfied). It is not perfect but neither any I. Try some samples on scrap fabric with batting. Good luck.
    I do this too. I use a decorative stitch to sew on the front as I think it looks nicer than a straight stitch.
    Sally

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Same as Irishrose. Since I've started cutting my binding 2 5/8" instead of 2 1/2" my binding
    came out perfect. No missing spots at the back. Give this a try.
    What type of batting are you using with the 2 5/8"?
    Sally

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    Last binding I did, I was so pleased with how even I got the back on the machine, I wished I had started with the front. Now I realise that I might be far too hasty trying that on the basis of one experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selm View Post
    What type of batting are you using with the 2 5/8"?
    Warm & Natural.

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    I stitch to the front and fold over to the back and hand stitch in place. I had carpal tunnel in both hands but had it fixed one at a time. I have never been sorry only wish I had gone sooner. Not a bad operation and recovery time was very short.

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