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Thread: Why do we do it this way??? Ever wondered

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    Super Member seamstome's Avatar
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    This is one of those "why do we do it this way" questions that has always bugged me.

    We use a double folded binding so it doesnt wear. I get that part. But why is the most accepted way to attach it hand stitching on the back? I would think the hand stitching would not be as sturdy as machine stitching.

    Do you have other "Hmmmmm" things about quilting that you wonder?

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    well since the binding isn't stressed (the stitches) if you use good strong thread, make small stitches and pull them tight, they should never come undone. If they're left loose and can be toe hangers, then it aint gonna last. and that's the only way mine looks decent on the back.

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    See I never thought of it that way. I figured if the binding would get as much stress as the rest of the quilt, maybe more because it was on the edge.

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    The binding will get as much stress as the rest of the quilt that's why it's double fabric but the stitches won't because they are not on the edge but 1 inch inside the edge and under the binding where they are somewhat protected.

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    Also, the binding usually wears out first. Would you want to have to take out 2 rows of machine stitching to replace a binding? I also think hand stitched binding looks so much better. I tryed to machine stitch the back side of a binding. It was terrible. I ripped it out and hand stitched it. I've done it that way ever since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momymom
    I also think hand stitched binding looks so much better. I tryed to machine stitch the back side of a binding. It was terrible. I ripped it out and hand stitched it. I've done it that way ever since.
    Too funny! I machine quilt my binding on for this same reason! It looks reeeealllly bad when I try to do it by hand, plus I just don't have the patience!
    I sew it on to the top with 1/4 inch, then fold it over to the back, pin the heck out of it, and SitD on the front, being sure to catch the binding on the back.
    To each their own! We all just need to do what works for us! :D

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    Machine stitching to the front ensures an even edge on the front. Not everyone's hand stitching on the back looks that great!

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    I personally like the look of hand stitching better than doing it by machine. You need to understand that I do like a lot of hand stuff though (handquilting, applique, etc.). Just floats my boat!! :lol:

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    I just wondered why it was the standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome
    I just wondered why it was the standard.
    I think it's just one of those things, for a lot of us, it's just the way we were taught. Because that's "the way it's supposed to be done" so to speak. Just like when every quilt used to be totally done by hand. Nowadays ( :lol: :lol: I feel funny saying that!) you can choose to do everything by hand, or everything by machine, or a combination of both.

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    Sometimes I sew the binding down on the back by hand, sometimes I sew it by machine onto the back first, then bring it to the front & machine stitch it down. Often I use a 'fancy' stitch when I do it that way too.

    There are no quilt police! Just do what feels & looks right to you!!! :D

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    we hand stitch them on the back because no matter how we try we can not get a decent looking binding by machine stitching it. . . and some of us do try again every once in awhile, i guess just because i haven't ruined anything lately...but the best looking bindings are going to be hand stitched because it's the only way to have an invisible stitched binding.

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    I hand sew my bindings on because I like the look of it. It's easier for me in the long run.

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    Me too!!
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    Too funny! I machine quilt my binding on for this same reason! It looks reeeealllly bad when I try to do it by hand, plus I just don't have the patience!
    I sew it on to the top with 1/4 inch, then fold it over to the back, pin the heck out of it, and SitD on the front, being sure to catch the binding on the back.
    To each their own! We all just need to do what works for us! :D[/quote]

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    When I make baby quilts, I sew the binding on by machine. When I am making other quilts, I love to sew the binding on by hand. I love the feel of the quilt around my lap as I sew. I do a little praying for the recipient as I work my way around the quilt. Simply personal preference ...

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    Well I guess I listen to a very different drummer, I sew all my bindings by machine ONTO THE BACK of my quilts. turn to the front and hand stitch them down, on the front!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaha
    Well I guess I listen to a very different drummer, I sew all my bindings by machine ONTO THE BACK of my quilts. turn to the front and hand stitch them down, on the front!
    I do most of mine this way also but have machine sewed down to the front & hand-stitched to the back on several. Also, I thought the traditional method was to bring the backing over to the front, fold & hand stitch down. That's the way my grandmother and her mother did it. They didn't have time for all the fussy double fold bias binding and remember--there were no rotary cutters back then. Those are a new invention.

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    actually, I have some things that have bits of hand sewn pieces and machine sewn pieces and the machine stitches come loose first. I have seen this several times where the hand stitching outlasts the machine stitching.

    As for me, I machine sew the binding on the back and fold it to the front and hand sew it down. But, I do a pretty good hidden stitch and you can't tell it is hand sewn.

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    I have tried over and over again to machine my bindings, but they always turn out so terrible: bumpy and awkward looking. I know people that machine bind their quilts, and they turn out looking very professional, but not me.

    I really like the look of the hand stitched bindings, and the machine ones, but not mine. My hand stitched ones turn out really good. It just takes me so long to do it, my hands always go to sleep.

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    I agree with Scrappycats. I have made numerous full sized quilts that I hand stitched and hand quilted and I have never had to redo my stitching. I think we all discount how strong hand stitching really is.

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    I personally like the look I get better with hand stitching the binding to the back of the quilt. I have done several quilts where I stitched the binding to the back of the quilt with a machine decorative stitch (had to have some justification why I needed those built in stitches LOL) and that was a fun look.

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    Yup I did wonder with my 2 nd quilt or so and now I sew it on by machine. If I do hand sewing I like to needle turn Hawaiian style quilts and /or hand quilt.

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    I machine sew my binding onto the back first, then fold it over and machine stitch on the front side. I want my bindings to last. My hands can't take all that hand stitching either. But to each their own.............

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    Good point! I'm new at this and wouldn't have thought of that...

    Quote Originally Posted by momymom
    Also, the binding usually wears out first. Would you want to have to take out 2 rows of machine stitching to replace a binding? I also think hand stitched binding looks so much better. I tryed to machine stitch the back side of a binding. It was terrible. I ripped it out and hand stitched it. I've done it that way ever since.

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    I've sometimes sewn the binding to the back, then turn to the front and use a decorative stitch to attach the front side. You have the initial stitching from the back to make sure the front stays even. I do this a lot for kids quilts as they get really hard wear. I've gotten some nasty comments from the quilt police for doing this, but--who cares what they think? Its MY quilt and if I like it, that is it!

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