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    Can you tell me the advantages of binding the quilt? I usually just make my backing bigger and fold it over the top. Is there a difference other than looks or preference?

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    I do it both ways, don't know the correct answer. I decide depending upon what the quilt is for and what look I want.

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    it is personal preference. I like a binding, It is part of my overall quilt pattern. Almost like another border to frame it. I have never brought the back over the front. I have folded my front over my back though.

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    When I was taught how to quilt they told me that an applied binding lasts longer than the fold over kind.
    I don't really know the answer though, as none of the quilts I've made are very worn yet.
    I do think that a separate binding looks more professional but it really depends on what you want to do.

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    I've done bindings a few different ways. And there's a difference between making the binding from width-of-fabric strips or bias strips.

    The theory goes something like ... with width-of-fabric strips (or fold over from the back or front), the very edge of the binding now has only a few threads that are taking the stress of use.

    With bias strip bindings, there are many threads managing the stress of use, so it doesn't wear so quickly.

    Other ways I've done the binding - strips from the excess fabrics from the quilt front design - so you end up with a rainbow sort of effect.

    Another option! One fabulous week-long class I attended, the quilter "FACED" all his quilts - just like you would put a facing in clothing, sew the facing fabric to the edge, press and flip the entire thing over, and baste that down. He used between 2 and 3 inch facing strips. Makes a very crisp edge, also works well for scallops or quilts with lots of zingy edges - like fractured quilts.

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    an applied double binding is 2 thickness of fabric on both the front and back of the quilt.

    when you fold the backing over the front you don't have double thickness on both the front and the back.

    most people say that the binding area takes alot of wear and tear and if you don't use double thickness the binding will wear out.

    i don't know if this is true since 99% of my work is art quilts that hang on walls.

    i always do double binding on my quilts.

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    Thanks so much for your help. I have some different ideas now. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    an applied double binding is 2 thickness of fabric on both the front and back of the quilt.

    when you fold the backing over the front you don't have double thickness on both the front and the back.

    most people say that the binding area takes alot of wear and tear and if you don't use double thickness the binding will wear out.

    i don't know if this is true since 99% of my work is art quilts that hang on walls.



    I've thought this before, that it might get worn faster. Fact is binding scares me, think I'm just looking for the easy way out.

    i always do double binding on my quilts.
    :oops: :oops: :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaM
    I've done bindings a few different ways. And there's a difference between making the binding from width-of-fabric strips or bias strips.

    The theory goes something like ... with width-of-fabric strips (or fold over from the back or front), the very edge of the binding now has only a few threads that are taking the stress of use.

    With bias strip bindings, there are many threads managing the stress of use, so it doesn't wear so quickly.

    Other ways I've done the binding - strips from the excess fabrics from the quilt front design - so you end up with a rainbow sort of effect.

    Another option! One fabulous week-long class I attended, the quilter "FACED" all his quilts - just like you would put a facing in clothing, sew the facing fabric to the edge, press and flip the entire thing over, and baste that down. He used between 2 and 3 inch facing strips. Makes a very crisp edge, also works well for scallops or quilts with lots of zingy edges - like fractured quilts.
    Faced, that sounds interesting! thanks for the new ideas!

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    I don't think it really matters unless the quilt will get a lot of use. I live alone and I am just not hard on a quilt, but I usually do a separate binding because I like using a different color than the back.

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    Making and doing the binding is one of my favourite aspects of quiltmaking (probably weird, but there you go!). I do believe a separate binding would be more durable, and it makes a nice frame for the quilt.

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    the edge of the quilt takes more friction there for more wear so a double layer going over that edge makes sense--no matter how you put it on---unless the police have a say then its there rules that matter

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    It is a personal preference and no right or wrong way. I just like to put a binding on because I feel it makes a nice frame for the quilt.

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    My MIL taught me to bind quilts using the backing fabric and some of the quilts at the farm are over 100 years old and were made by her grandmother. The binding on them are very worn but so is the rest of the quilt. If it is a special quilt, I make a separate binding. If it is a use it every day quilt, I often self bind it using the backing fabric. These types of quilts will not be heirlooms and will literally be worn and washed to shreds. I figure the self binding will last as long as the rest of the quilt.

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    I've also used the facing way. I like the way it looks, I get a much needed clean edge. I make a folded strip, sew to the edge, flip and hand stitch or machine stitch .

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