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Tartan 08-18-2014 05:27 AM

Binding tip
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As I sat down at my machine to do the angles on my binding, I thought some of the newer quilters might like to see my painter's tape tip. There are plastic sheets you can buy that stick on your machine bed but I found painter's tape works fine for my purpose. I could mark the 45 degree angle on with pencil and sew on the line but I just eye ball it.

I draw a line with my sharpie on a 8 inch piece of painter's tape. I position the one end of the line right under the needle. I make sure the line runs straight to the edge of my machine surround. After it is in the perfect position, I trim the tape and make sure it is stuck down well. I them position the crossed ends of my binding strip with one V right at the needle and the outside V one the line. I sew keeping the outside V on the line for a perfect 45 degree join on my binding strip.

Sewnoma 08-18-2014 05:32 AM

Simple! I like it, I'll have to try that.

SueSew 08-18-2014 05:40 AM

Tartan that is a great tip. Thank you!

I will try it when I can sew straight...

I don't think I could sew straight for that long, though, particularly sending bias fabric through the machine, so I will keep penciling in the line for now, until I get more accurate.

NJ Quilter 08-18-2014 05:50 AM

Great tip! Thank you. I always have issues with that join.

mawluv 08-18-2014 06:17 AM

Duh---Why didn't I think of that??? Great tip, thanks, Tartan!!

piepatch 08-18-2014 06:21 AM

Great idea Tartan! Good old painters tape, what would we do without it?

ManiacQuilter2 08-18-2014 06:40 AM

Tartan, did you see the recent tip that Patrick Lose mentioned when he was on F&P Love of Quilting on PBS?? He has a way of removing a bit of the bulk from corners which gives flatter corners. I was surprised to see that it actually worked. I have been hand sewing 1.75" double fold binding on mug rugs and it made a BIG difference with getting the corners folded. I have the same tape set up on my Bernina, only difference is my painter's tape is bright blue.

QuiltnNan 08-18-2014 06:42 AM

thanks for sharing your tip

tessagin 08-18-2014 06:44 AM

Love it!!!!! Thanks!

Jeanne S 08-18-2014 06:58 AM

Thanks for the tip and especially the photo!!

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