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Thread: Why do the binding by hand?

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    I can't understand why it is so important to flip the binding to the back side and sew by hand with the blind stitch? We have these nice machines and why not put the binding on back and flip to front and sew on machine. You could even use the blanket stictch. Before I start this binding today I would like to make a decision on this. Years ago when I made a few quilts and took a class at the college, we sewed it on by machine. Why not now? Thanks for input. Suzanne

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    I feel the same way. I don't hand stitch that well, and my machine is capable of many stitches. I did not spend a gazillion dollars on a machine only to have to finish something by hand. GO FOR IT!

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    I sew mine on by machine. I just don't have the patience for hand-sewing. I don't enjoy it at all.

    I sew my binding to the front and flip it to the back. I use the glue basting method to hold it down then stitch in the ditch on the front.

    Works for me! :)

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    All of my quilts have machine sewn binding. I use the blanket stitch or other decorative stitch to sew them onto the front.
    I like the look, and my hands just cannot do the hand sewing :D:D:D

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    for me it is a personal opinion. I do not like the look of it done on machine (probably because I am not good at it therefore the ONE quilt I did to looked crappy). Others don't mind the look or even LIKE the look! I don't, thats why I take the time (although I hate doing it) to finish my quilts with a hand stitched binding! I have seen BEAUTIFUL QUILTS, turned them over and they had machine stitched binding, I didn't love the quilt any less!

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    I really prefer to hand stitch the binding. Don't know why but I do. I guess it is a little more of me sewn in the quilt.

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    My Aunt, whom has quilted for years, gave this answer...hand sew to back when heirloom or decorative, machine from front when you want it sturdy. Make sense?

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    Well, to each his own! :D As for me, I do my binding by machine on front then flip to hand stitch down on the back. I just like the look of this better. But I love that there are different ways to suit different quilters. As long as we do what makes us happy, it's all good! :-D :-D

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    I like doing the hand binding, it is the final act for me in making a quilt. I prefer the look. I have tried to machine sew the binding on but don't like the look, sometimes even get the puckers but again, that is my fault, too. When I take the time to cut, piece, square and quilt a quilt, the binding is my last hands on labor of love. Everyone has there own way of doing thing. I just prefer to hand stitch mine to the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    I sew mine on by machine. I just don't have the patience for hand-sewing. I don't enjoy it at all.

    I sew my binding to the front and flip it to the back. I use the glue basting method to hold it down then stitch in the ditch on the front.

    Works for me! :)
    Fantastic idea... (flip, glue, SID on front again). I've done fancy decorator stitches on the front (usually a pattern of little twined leaves, or hearts or even airplanes). The line of stitching is small, the binding is securely fastened. And best of all... I don't kill myself trying to hand stitch something like that.

    The funny thing is, I've now taken up cross stitching as an interest/hobby to learn. lol... guess I'll learn how to hand stitch after all!

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    I have done it both ways. I like the way the flip to the back and hand stitch looks the best and that's what I do for quilts I give away. For quilts for me I flip to the front and use a zig zag. I don't mind the hand sewing.

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    I love handstitching the binding and actually often handstitch onto the front b/c I like the look of it. Makes it look more homemade to me. Handstitching the binding is very relaxing for me.

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    I do mine by hand for the simple reason I do everything else by hand. I guess if I used a machine to quilt it, it would make sense to machine bind it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    I feel the same way. I don't hand stitch that well, and my machine is capable of many stitches. I did not spend a gazillion dollars on a machine only to have to finish something by hand. GO FOR IT!

    I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    I sew mine on by machine. I just don't have the patience for hand-sewing. I don't enjoy it at all.

    I sew my binding to the front and flip it to the back. I use the glue basting method to hold it down then stitch in the ditch on the front.

    Works for me! :)
    Exactly as she said! I hate hand sewing, besides, my quilts are to use, not for show. I guess if I were to ever enter a quilt show I would sew by hand, but I don't ever intend to do quilt shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink74
    My Aunt, whom has quilted for years, gave this answer...hand sew to back when heirloom or decorative, machine from front when you want it sturdy. Make sense?
    That's how I do mine, too. i prefer the look of hand-stitched bindings but when I do machine sew the binding I use the serpintine stitch. I have much better luck catching the whole binding using it.

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    This is a great idea!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    I sew mine on by machine. I just don't have the patience for hand-sewing. I don't enjoy it at all.

    I sew my binding to the front and flip it to the back. I use the glue basting method to hold it down then stitch in the ditch on the front.

    Works for me! :)
    Fantastic idea... (flip, glue, SID on front again). I've done fancy decorator stitches on the front (usually a pattern of little twined leaves, or hearts or even airplanes). The line of stitching is small, the binding is securely fastened. And best of all... I don't kill myself trying to hand stitch something like that.

    The funny thing is, I've now taken up cross stitching as an interest/hobby to learn. lol... guess I'll learn how to hand stitch after all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    This is a great idea!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Fantastic idea... (flip, glue, SID on front again). I've done fancy decorator stitches on the front (usually a pattern of little twined leaves, or hearts or even airplanes). The line of stitching is small, the binding is securely fastened. And best of all... I don't kill myself trying to hand stitch something like that.

    The funny thing is, I've now taken up cross stitching as an interest/hobby to learn. lol... guess I'll learn how to hand stitch after all!
    lol. What's a great idea? Having to learn how to Cross stitch/handsew??? I guess I agree, no skill that's learned goes to waste. But... Oh! I so lack the patience for big, handsewn projects! lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz
    I can't understand why it is so important to flip the binding to the back side and sew by hand with the blind stitch? We have these nice machines and why not put the binding on back and flip to front and sew on machine. You could even use the blanket stictch. Before I start this binding today I would like to make a decision on this. Years ago when I made a few quilts and took a class at the college, we sewed it on by machine. Why not now? Thanks for input. Suzanne
    I like the look of hand sewn binding, but have arthritis in my hands and wrists and can't do hand stitching for more than a few inches, so I sew mine on the sewing machine. Sometimes I use a fancy stitch, sometimes just straight stitch. I set my machine needle so it stitches just to the right of the edge with a part of the foot riding along that edge; I get a very straight stitch that way. We all find our own ways of doing things, and unless we are doing a competition quilt, I don't see any reason to do things any way other than what we enjoy doing. No quilt police here. There are no hard and fast rules for the majority of us.

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    I have asked that questions several time and everytime I get the same answer.....It gives your quilt a better professional finished look. It is my least favorite about quilting !

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    I just finished sewing the binding on the back by hand onto a very large queen because I'm not very good at doing it by machine. That experience & this post has motivated me to try my next project by machine again. Do you sew the decorative stitch from the front of the quilt and I will glue baste it first just for good measure.
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    I also like the look of hand sewn binding. I like my bindings to be really narrow (1/4") there is no way I could sew that by machine and have it done well and look nice. I also love the act of sewing the binding by hand, it is relaxing to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdiane318
    I like doing the hand binding, it is the final act for me in making a quilt. I prefer the look. I have tried to machine sew the binding on but don't like the look, sometimes even get the puckers but again, that is my fault, too. When I take the time to cut, piece, square and quilt a quilt, the binding is my last hands on labor of love. Everyone has there own way of doing thing. I just prefer to hand stitch mine to the back.
    I agree I have never managed to get an effect I am pleased with. Why spoil the final piece for the sake of a little time hand stitching. I must admit though I have never tried all the fusing the folded edge to the back in place or glue basting before machine stitching.

    I actually love hand binding the final edge. I always use double fold binding and mitre the corners. I never butt end the corners as again that just looks yucky to me and once you learn how to mitre there's no point!

    Each to his own. As I say to my students, if you are happy with it it really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. but if it's gonna bug you, pass the stitch ripper!

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    With hand surgery I had years ago, I am not able to do hand work for very long, so I do all my bindings by machine. Usually sew to front, bring extra to back and stitch in ditch, but sometimes will do a blanket stitch, feather stitch, or another decorative stitch as I sew. Machine bindings are very durable!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink74
    My Aunt, whom has quilted for years, gave this answer...hand sew to back when heirloom or decorative, machine from front when you want it sturdy. Make sense?
    Love that answer! I actually hand sew all of mine. I just like the way it looks and I enjoy hand sewing.

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