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Thread: Need some binding tidbits!! You got'm??

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    I have always, when done w/a quilt, cut off to the edge of the quilt, tacked on the binding w/pins and sewed by machine all the way around...only then whip it to the backside of the quilt by hand sewing it down.

    I have a friend that suggested machine sewing it down instead of by hand. I noticed (and didn't think about it till later) she had about 1/4 of the batting and backing past the edge of the top layer of the quilt. Is this what you do?Or do you cut your quilt before binding flush too??And, then I ask myself..why do I cut it to the edge?I have no idea! I guess I thought you were supp. to!:)Tag you are it!! Skeat

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    I never cut it off even until I put the binding on by machine on top first, then cut it even, turn and hand sew it to the back. A lot of people sew it by machine on the back first then turn it to the front and sew it by machine again. In that case you would have to cut it even so as to know where to sew. Marge

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    I have read on here - sorry can't remember who - someone say they leave about a quarter inch of batting past the edge to 'fill' the binding. I'm about to bind a lap quilt for my neighbour and am going to try that. BTW I machine to the top and hand sew on the back.

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    what does BTW mean?

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    I cut the edge clean (and square) AFTER the binding is sewn down. Then I turn the binding and hand stitch (for the nicer ones). Sometimes, I sew the binding to the back of the quilt, trim the edge, turn the binding to the front and use a decorative stitch with my machine to sew it down.

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    I square up the quilt and cut the batting and binding even with the top. Then sew on binding with a slightly larger than 1/4" seam, (I use 2 1/2" strips for binding) then turn to the back and hand sew down.

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    I trim the quilt layers even then I sew all around the edge with a 1/4 zig zag stitch. This keeps the edge flat and make sewing the binding on su much easier. I use the zig zag as a guide when hand sewing or machine sewing the binding in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    what does BTW mean?
    BTW = By The Way

    i've seen an episode on Quilter's TV about doing the binding entirely by machine. i'm usually in too big of a hurry at that point to do anything that neatly!

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    I machine stitch on the front, trim even, then hand sew the back.

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    I serge edges together, thus cutting excess off. Serging puts the layers together neatly . Then I sew on folded binding, raw edges usually on the back. Then I either hand sew or decorative machine stitch. I often add a hanging sleeve before sewing the binding on - just add it between the top binding and back of the quilt, then sew it down by hand.

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    I machine the front, trim, then hand sew the back too.

    But quilts where I've put fur on the back, I machine it to the back then hand stitch it to the front. Too hard to hand stitch to the fur! lol My hand stitching is pretty neat so it doesn't matter whether it's the front or back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I square up the quilt and cut the batting and binding even with the top. Then sew on binding with a slightly larger than 1/4" seam, (I use 2 1/2" strips for binding) then turn to the back and hand sew down.
    This is exactly what I do :-)

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    This is good! I find it very helpful and also very interesting that we all do a bit different. You are great for answering!! Let's wait and see if he hear more opinions on their 'how I do it...binding!':)Skeat

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    I think I do it the same way as some of the rest of you...square up quilt..add binding with slightly larger than 1/4" to the front., flip over to the back and hand sew.

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    It really depends on how wide you cut your binding. I cut my bindings 2" wide, so they don't need extra batting to "fill" them. If you cut them wider than 2", you need to compensate for the extra binding fabric, so it's a good idea to leave some extra batting extended beyond the seam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    It really depends on how wide you cut your binding. I cut my bindings 2" wide, so they don't need extra batting to "fill" them. If you cut them wider than 2", you need to compensate for the extra binding fabric, so it's a good idea to leave some extra batting extended beyond the seam.
    Cathe, is that 2" then folded double? I do 2 and a half inches, folded double then raw edges machined to right side. Then you get a fold to hand stitch to the back, no fiddly turning under. Is that what you do with 2" or is that a single bind?

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    Here's what I just did...tadooom!:0)I had to bind a quilt for a friend that dropped off her binding and quilt...(just doing a favor!)I left 1/4" of batting and backing past the edge of the top layer. Sewed the binding on the top edge all the way around. The binding was on fold...and, her binding could have been a bit longer for me..didn't measure it but, it was about 2 1/4" wide. I folded the binding down the backside, pinned, mitered the corners and used my 1/4" presser foot...sewed that puppy down..and, it looks great!! Then I had to run one of my kids to the LQS for a project/fabric and while there...I asked several of the older women about the binding. They said they always leave their batting and backing out about 1/4" to give some more protection to the quilt and they said they always sew down the binding (like I just did) if it is a quilt that will be on the move:)
    I did go home and pull out some of my oldies...(quilts) and looked very closely at the edges...there is some wear on the binding..only. I'd say, no matter what...we will still outlive any of that type of use on them:)LOL Skeat

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    It really depends on how wide you cut your binding. I cut my bindings 2" wide, so they don't need extra batting to "fill" them. If you cut them wider than 2", you need to compensate for the extra binding fabric, so it's a good idea to leave some extra batting extended beyond the seam.
    Cathe, is that 2" then folded double? I do 2 and a half inches, folded double then raw edges machined to right side. Then you get a fold to hand stitch to the back, no fiddly turning under. Is that what you do with 2" or is that a single bind?

    K x
    Yes. Cut 2" and then fold. Machine sew on top and then turn the folded edge to the back and hand stitch there. No fiddly edges.

    I have used a 2 1/4" for flannel quilts, since they are thicker.

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    I dont hand sew the back binding and I dont use pins.
    I use 2 1/2 inch binding and sew to the front of the quilt. Iron the seam open then fold to the back and glue with elmers glue and iron in place.
    Use a stitch in the ditch foot to sew from the front in the ditch.
    Be sure to square up your quilt first to get an even stitch on the back binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    Yes. Cut 2" and then fold. Machine sew on top and then turn the folded edge to the back and hand stitch there. No fiddly edges.

    I have used a 2 1/4" for flannel quilts, since they are thicker.
    Thanks Cathe - I read 2 and a half inch somewhere but find it a little generous! I'll go for 2" next time!

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    I usually sew on the front and hand stitch on the back. My question is, do you ever sew the binding to the front before you layer? I am doing a quilt with inside corners and think it would be easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandmasue
    I usually sew on the front and hand stitch on the back. My question is, do you ever sew the binding to the front before you layer? I am doing a quilt with inside corners and think it would be easier.
    So sorry grandmasue...I am not exactly sure what you are asking:)I fold my binding, press...sew the open end by machine to the front edge...so what I end up w/what is going to the back is the fold. That is what I usually do and miter the corners on the back...does that help?:)Maybe come back and give more detail for silly people like me:)Skeat

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    I think if you do it that way you're not achoring the binding to the quilt and then you'll have a lot of pull on the back stitches. Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidmona
    I think if you do it that way you're not achoring the binding to the quilt and then you'll have a lot of pull on the back stitches. Just my opinion.
    No..all opinions are always welcome...how do you attach yours in the back?Honestly only do what I have been taught. But, that doesn't make it necess. right;). Thanks! Skeat

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    We had judges at the fair knock quilts down because the binding was not "full". So out here we sew the binding on by machine, then trim 1/4" past the edge to fill the binding, turn to the back and hand sew. And the judges like good square, mitered corners on that binding too. And it does look nice.

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