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Thread: Need tips on machine sewn binding

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    Senior Member IAmCatOwned's Avatar
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    Need tips on machine sewn binding

    I prefer the look of sewing the binding to the back, but bursitis is telling me that I can't do this most of the time anymore. Ok..so, I sewed my binding on. It looks pretty good, but the corners are horrible. I plan to make some potholders to practice (probably should have done this in the first place), but need some tips on how to improve those corners. I could always fudge a little with hand sewing, but it doesn't seem to work so well by machine. Thanks!

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    Check out Sharon Schamber tutorials. She uses glue and the binding comes out great every time--and the corners are perfect miters.
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    another member just posted this site with tutorials http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/p/tutorials.html
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    I prepare my binding exactly like the quilter in the video though I use straight grain, not bias. Then I sew the binding down with my machine using the SITD foot from the front side. You can do it without the foot by pulling the seam apart ahead of the needle. The result is no stitches showing on the front of the quilt and a line of stitching on the edge of the binding on the back. Turning the binding over so it extends just a little more on the back is critical, but not difficult. If you are having trouble with the corner, pm me with your email and I can send you a picture. I sat with it on my lap when I did my first ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I prepare my binding exactly like the quilter in the video though I use straight grain, not bias. Then I sew the binding down with my machine using the SITD foot from the front side. You can do it without the foot by pulling the seam apart ahead of the needle. The result is no stitches showing on the front of the quilt and a line of stitching on the edge of the binding on the back. Turning the binding over so it extends just a little more on the back is critical, but not difficult. If you are having trouble with the corner, pm me with your email and I can send you a picture. I sat with it on my lap when I did my first ones.
    That's how I do my binding too.

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    Get this little tool. It will really help with those corners. I use it all the time when I sew my binding on. It doesn't look like much but it's on of my favorite tools. Sure takes the guesswork out when you have to stop for each corner.
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...r__D81892.html

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    Sewing to the back and using a decorative stitch on the front works well, too. I just do my corners the same way as if I were sewing my straight grain binding to the front. A tip I've learned with binding is NOT to pin it or attach it the whole way around when first sewing it on. Just sew a foot or so at a time, then pin the next foot. I've never gotten puckers or waves on it since. You never have to scrunch or stretch it to fit. Good luck!
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    Kitsie, your binding is beautiful as well as your mitered corners.

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    I sew my binding on the front and hand stitch it on the back. some people sew it on the back bring it to the front and put a nice stitch from their machine on it. the corners are really easy. you tube it and watch a tutorial. they are easy and you will do fine. they might even have a tutorial here.
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