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    I use my walking foot to stitch my binding on the front of my quilts. I use the edge of the foot , which is a little more than 1/4 inch. I then hand stitch at the back of the quilt. Even if I want to add a decorative stitch to the front, I still
    hand stitch the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramarraine View Post
    I do mine the width of the presser foot, I think it is 3/8". I cut the binding 2 1/2" wide and that gives the binding just the right amount of fill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    Depending on the size of the quilt I have sewn it on the front with a 1/4" seam then pulled to back. That way if I need to do any fudging at all it is on the back. I either use glue, pins or clips to hold binding in place and then stitch on the top in the ditch.....when done go to back and do some hand work if necessary to catch anything that was not caught....... I would also strongly suggest doing a couple samples on what IS COMFORTABLE for you to handle....
    Again there are not any Quilt Police,......1/4" or 3/8" front or back....what ever works for you and this quilt...the next one could be totally different...
    This is exactly what I do and I've never had trouble with it not being caught on the back. Of course now that I've said this I will next time. I cut my strips 2 1/4 and sew with 1/4 in. seam.
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    Before you bind your quilt watch this Sharon Shambers video
    http://quiltinggallery.com/2008/05/1...s-school-glue/
    I started using this method and it makes the bindings beautiful!!! It is fast and easy and will never pay to have someone bind your quilt again!

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    Your binding should have the quilt sandwich in it so that it doesn't lay flat. I off set my binding 1/4 inch and leave a 1/4 inch of batt and backing extending so that when the binding is rolled, the entire binding is filled with batt and backing.

    And don't just stitch from one end to the other. Measure the center, both width and length, to get the proper edge measurements for binding. For example, if the center length measures 95", but your border edge is 97", cut the binding 95 + extra for turning the corners. Mark the half way points of both the binding strip and quilt, then the mark quarter points of both. Pin the binding to the quilt edge, matching the markings. Fit the quilt's longer edge to the shorter binding and pin in place. When stitching have the binding on top. The extra length of the quilt's edge will be worked in and the edge of the quilt will not be wavy, but square after the binding is rolled to the other side and stitched in place.
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    I usually leave enough batting along the edge to fit "under" the binding. In other words, I cut the edges of the quilt leaving about 3/4" of batting around the edges....then sew the binding...2 1/2" folded in half, to the back. Then, when I fold the binding to the front, none is left to show on the back, I have an easy 1/4" or a bit more, to fold over the quilt edge and then I sew a decorative or straight stitch. Sometimes I stitch two rows of straight stitches if it's a kid's quilt that will be washed a lot. I hope I made that clear. It's such a great finish that I use it most of the time.

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    I never ever sew my binding to the back, always to the front. I cut my binding 1 7/8 and fold in half and sew a .5 to the right on my Pfaff. Which is just a fraction smaller than a 1/4 inch. My binding is full of quilt not binding. Turns out to be a perfect 1/4 inch binding finish. And I do what I have developed and call a "Hidden Binding Stitch", when I am finished you cannot see my thread and always by hand.
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    Whatever method you do, I recommend basting (by machine) the first 3 or 4 inches of the binding. Remove it from your machine, fold it to the front, or back, and see how it looks. If you need to adjust the seam narrower, or wider, it's easy to remove the basting threads. Every quilt is different.....based on the fabrics and batting in it. This works for me!
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    I make a 2-inch bias strip, folded in half.
    I stitch a scant 1/4-inch seam on the front, fold to the back and do hand stitching on the back side. The front has a more finished look. Never even considered sewing to the back and folding to the front!

    Obviously, if you do a 3/8-inch seam you'd need wider bias strips, but then if the fabric is cool, sounds like a good idea!

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    Whatever method you do, I recommend basting (by machine) the first 3 or 4 inches of the binding. Remove it from your machine, fold it to the front, or back, and see how it looks. If you need to adjust the seam narrower, or wider, it's easy to remove the basting threads. Every quilt is different.....based on the fabrics and batting in it. This works for me!

    Good idea.
    Sometimes I find I cannot get the binding all the way around to the back...or worse, it is loose and so the binding would wear more quickly than where it is tight.
    Last edited by LindaMRB; 08-15-2012 at 05:47 AM. Reason: left off quote...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dollyo View Post
    I only use Sharon Schamber's Elmer's School glue method. If binding has not been your thing, then you need an expert's advise (hers not mine). This is the easiest, most precise way to do binding. Once you learn this method, you won't send your quilt out for binding. Here is the link to her youtube video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE I personally use 2 1/2" strips, glue, press, stitch to the front 3/8", press from the front (setting the seam), press from the back (making sure everything is laying flat), trim the corners, fold to the back, glue, and stitch it down from the back using monofilament thread in the top and bobbin (depending on who the quilt is for). I don't use monofilament for baby or soldier's quilts. Those I use a decorative stitch with whatever thread that I used for quilting the top. I really like variegated, so it is usually that. The first pics binding is just using a decorative stitch from my old Viking. The second quilt is using a star stitch from my embroidery machine. And sometimes, I hand sew them.
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    That was the most interesting video on binding. I am going to use her method and try binding my quilts (only machine bind instead of hand bind). Thank you for sharing.
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    I cut my binding strips 2.5" wide and my S.A. is the width of my presser foot. I am sewing with an old Pfaff 1222E that has the IDT(built in walking foot). I sew the binding to the back first and then turn over to the front, stitch down with either a decorative stitch or a straight stitch 1/8" from the folded edge. I use the method that Kaye Wood shows in her video on bindings, it works nicely and the miter is sewn in. I have to sew my bindings entirely by machine as I have repetitive motion injuries; lots of hand sewing causes days of pain...not worth it. I make many charity quilts for both a local organization and Quilts of Valor. The quilt pictured is one of the charity baby quilts I made, this one is all flannels. Its a Bonnie Hunter pattern, "Crayon Box".
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    I cut 2 1/4 or 2 1/2 inches, bias or straight stitch them together and then start at the bottom right, which is the last place a person sees usually (at least according to the 'experts'!) I sew the usual 1/4 inch, or sometimes more, depending on the thickness of the quilt. I like to have the binding 'filled', rather than 'empty' when flipped and finished, so it is a guess-timation. The trick is to be consistent and to fill the binding and to have enough to cover the machine stitching when the handwork is done on the back. IMHO!

    Another tip: When doing the hand sewing, I use the thinner thread (not cheaper, just thinner! like is found not the pre wound bobbins) because I find that my stitches 'sink' into the seam, and never show.
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    i cut it 2 1/2 inches wide....fold in half.....put cut edges together on right side. fold over and hand stitich. I guess you could start with the back side and flip to front and fancy stitch. I don't care for a wide binding. What I get this way is just right for me. Had to learn on my own, so please don't let the quilt police see this. LOL....

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    oh and I use 1/4 inch foot when I do it. works for me...........

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    and the bindings are always full. sorry for the disjointed posting. been working in the flowers and am a bit tired. smile

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    Am I the only one that uses 3" binding? I sew down about 8" with maybe a 3/8" SA. I wrap the binding around to see if it's going to cover. If it is too wide I adjust my needle so I can end up with the right amount for both sides. Sometimes I sew mine down by machine and sometimes I like to hand sew it. Usually small projects I sew down by hand and use only 2 1/2/ wide binding.
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    I do it the Sharon Schamler does; I use 2 1/4" and cut the binding the length of your fabric, this makes for a more stable and straight binding (and border fabrics too) then I will take small drop of Elmer's School (washable) glue and iron it down doing one side at a time and stitch it down, doing this all around the quilt. You will have even binding and it will not wave or pucker on you. Yu also do not need a walking foot and I stitch it with the 1/4".
    Go to you tube and check out her "Angel binding method" it makes dooing binding so much easier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missus Fear View Post
    I sew my binding to the front and also use the edge of the walking foot. I hand stitch to the back for I cannot sew a straight line
    Glad to know I am not the only one out there who can not sew a straight line.
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    1/4 for me

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    I sew the binding to the back using my 1/4" foot as the guide; then turn it to the front and sew the edge with a straight seam or a decorative stitch. With a straight seam, on the back it often looks as if I had sewn an outline stitch in the border along the binding to match the outline stitch I do on the other side of the binding. I cut my binding strip to 2.5" as so many of you do.
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    I do the Sharon S. method, "it works for me' ,come's out right everytime. DottieBug

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    I also like Sharon's method. I always trim after attaching the binding that way my walking foot is completely supported. If I have way too much extra I will cut the majority of it away and do a finish trim after attaching the binding. And I can't say enough good things about using Wonder Clips instead of pins. I was never happy with the results of my attempts at machine finished binding til I tried them. I still prefer hand finished binding. I use a ladder stitch with 1/8 to 1/4 inch stitch length. It's invisible and stands up to machine washing.
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    Depends on the size of your binding. I usually cut 2 1/2" for large quilts and 2 1/4" for small wall hangings. You are supposed to sew 1/3 of the way in from the raw edge. Just experiment a little. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristakz View Post
    I cut mine 2 1/2" wide. And sew with a "wide 1/4" seam". That means (to me) that rather than a scant seam, I go about the same distance the other way so I have slightly more than 1/4" seam in the end. probalby almost 3/8, now that I think about my trimming activity (I attach binding, then trim).
    That's how I do mine, too. Well, I trim first but the rest is like I do it. I'm sorry you don't like to bind... it's one of my favorite parts of making a quilt! I find it relaxing somehow... I know -- I'm weird!
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