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    Senior Member Dingle's Avatar
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    Binding clips? When putting the binding on a quilt, why do so many people use binding clips (I think that's what they are called) instead of using pins? I have been using pins but wonder if the clips would be better. Sometimes I have a hard time going through all those layers. Is this why clips are used?

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    I have not used clips, but think I might get some. I am always getting stabbed by the pins as I work my way around the quilt. Binding clips will stop this. Thanks for the question so I could think about it!

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    I use pins but the clips don't have points to poke me with. I think I'll try them soon.

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    I have in the past (when I first started quilting) used binding clips, the ones I had looked like oversized "pop" clips that I put in my six year olds hair! I used them instead of pins to keep from stabbing myself. Also since I have children and hate putting my project away in a closet every time I have to get up from it the clips keep them from getting stabbed or losing a pin. It also keeps the cats from pulling pins out and "eating" them!

    Now I don't use any clips, I use a ladder stitch to attach my binding and I find it hard to do this if the binding is held onto the quilt tight!

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    I love the clips!

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    The clips don't have pokey points. They hold the binding more flat than the pins too. I really like them.

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    I use the clips and like the way the binding lays for stitching.

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    I use the clips also. I find they're especially nice when doing the mitering of cornors.

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    I use the clips...but I use the hair clips...they are cheaper than the binding clips! Same thing...just cheaper!

    They don't poke like pins, making binding a quilt much more comfortable! :)

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    I love those binding clips. When I'm machine piecing the binding down, I just pluck them off as I go.... I keep the little tub that I keep the clips in right next to my machine and when I take them off they go right back to where they came from. I can't say enough about them They are GREAT!

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    I bought the binding gun and clips at Paducah quilt show. It was cheap and it works great. The clips are reusable. Here is a picture of it:

    http://www.quiltsxcetera.com/manufac...Martelli/42/92

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    I know, for me personally, I have a hard time getting the pins through all the layers but I also prick myself with the pins. And sometimes, while stitching the binding down, I can't always finish it in one sitting and the pins don't fold up with the quilt as nicely as the binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I use pins but the clips don't have points to poke me with. I think I'll try them soon.
    I've been thinking about getting some for the same reason. :wink:

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    I use the clips to keep from loosing pins on my sofa or floor. The clips stay in place and sometimes a pin will get pulled out as I'm working on it. Sure don't want to step on a pin in my sock feet.

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    Clips mean no puncture wounds from getting jabbed by pins. I love the clips!!!

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    I use the clips all the time...much better than pins for me! No more getting stuck! I machine stitch my binding (usually on the front) and hand sew it to the back. After I sew the binding to the quilt on by machine, I press it out then fold over and use the clips. It's easier on the hands if you do press it out. I space them about every 6-8" and that seems to hold it pretty well. They also help hold the fabric at the corners and make it easier to do them. I've had them for many years, so I guess I got my money's worth from them.

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    No pins or clips for me..... I glue baste the binding. Heard about it here - watched the tute - tried it - love it - never going back. :D

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    check an office supply store for the clip attacher shown at the martelli site. we use them all the time to clip bundles of paper too thick for staples. they come in several sizes.

    i know martelli makes great products but i think the price for the refills is a bit ... er ... ummmm ... muchish.

    for myself, i think the hair clips would be a more reliable way to attach the binding. i think the clippie thing would be clumsy to use on a sandwich of fabric and batting. the clips would also be more difficult to remove. they are designed to hold on for dear life.

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    i happen to love the binding clips. they look like the hair clips that spring open and then closed on your hair. they are curved a bit and i open them and close them over the binding. they don't stick you like pins could do. i use them a lot.
    if i machine stitch my binding though, i do pin. have to.

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    I use old wooden spring-type clothes pins instead of the metal clips. I machine sew my binding on and fold it to the back to hand sew. I was always sticking myself and was afraid of losing pins on the floor. I found a bunch of these clothes pins in a bag in the basement (why??) and started using them for binding-I like them and they don't leave marks on the fabric.

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    I don't use pins or clips. I just fold as I go along. It all turns out fine.

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    The clips are the best!!!! You just take one or two off at a time while hand sewing the binding down. Everything stays right in place till you need it and nothing to prick your fingers in the process.

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    clips just slide on, whereas pins have to go thru fabric(s) - they get in the way and poke me.

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    I love the binding clips. They are easy to use and don't poke holes in the binding (or in me!)

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    I use the clips and like them more than pins. As you all have said - the pins tend to poke you. I only use 2 clips at a time, clipping only several inches in front of where I am whipping it down. Since I also add a narrow strip of batting in the binding this is a good way to hold it in place.

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