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Thread: How I machine bind

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKGranny View Post
    I do all my baby quilts and charity quilt bindings by machine, but my stitching on the front does not stay on the back binding. I've pressed, pinned, clipped and still go off on the backside. I usually use 2-1/2" bindings as well. Suggestions?
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    Have you tried moving your needle one or two clicks to the right?

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    Thanks for the great photos, Darren. I'm going to print those out and pin them to my design wall. What I've done up to now is play Emerald Meadows' video every single time I have to end off my binding. Thankfully, he speaks slowly enough that I can work right along with him.
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    Thankyou for taking the time to post this. I'm also another Emerald Meadows fan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang View Post
    I've never heard of sewing off the corner at 45 degrees to use as a guide for the mitre. Going to try that!
    I saw Patrick Lose do this on Fons & Porter...works! My corners have improved!

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    Thank you, Darren, for a great tutorial.

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    Thanks for the tutorial! I love your corner and ending ideas. I was just going to bind a quilt yesterday, but got lazy. Now I have a nice instructional to go off of and keep me on track.

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    Great Tutorial. Do you ever use your Walking Foot?

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    Great job..I have a bit of a dyslexia when it comes to right and left. I have found if I cut the first tail at a 45 degree angle from the start i will get my angle going the right way at the end. A couple of times I have cut then sewn it in the opposite direction and then I'm short of fabric to correct it....grrrr. Once I started cutting the angle before I sewed I have no problems.
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    wonderful tutorial. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram View Post
    Great Tutorial. Do you ever use your Walking Foot?
    Thank you!

    We use Pfaff machines with integrated dual feed, so the "walking foot" is always engaged.

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    How I machine bind part 2

    OK so I have felt badly that I forgot to take pictures of tacking down the binding to the front of the quilt when I did my first binding tutorial: https://www.quiltingboard.com/tutori...d-t288233.html

    I was binding a quilt for myself tonight and decided to make that right. Before I start let me just say that I have never entered a quilt in a show, but I understand most judges would take me to task for binding this way. My quilts are not made for entering in a show. I want the binding to cover the open edge of the quilt, be durable, and look similar in quality to the rest of the quilt. I don't hand sew anything for any reason. If I did, I doubt it would look as good as my machine bindings or be as durable. Besides all that, I didn't pay thousands of dollars for sewing machines so I could sew things by hand.

    Here is the quilt with the binding attached to the back. I start on the back because I will finish on the front and I can watch my stitches and keep them placed where I want them. If I have some inconsistency in my seam, it will show up on the back but the front will still look nice.
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    I press the binding away from the back of the quilt. This seems to help keep me from having tucks or gaps.
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    Here are a couple of pictures showing the measurements that I use. I started with a 2.5" binding strip.
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    This next shot is from the front of the quilt.
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    I start at the bottom of the quilt near a corner. I carefully roll the binding over and place it on the front. I generally only work on a section the same size as the width of my machine bed. I also included a shot with the measurement of the seam allowance.
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    That is similar to what I do. Thanks for the pics.
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    When I come to the corner, I pay attention to how the first part of the binding is folded. On this binding, the outer fold is from the bottom side, so I want the outer fold on the front of the quilt to be from the right side.
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    I fold the bottom binding up first, then try to make sure the edge that's folded up goes straight to the right. Then I lay my seam ripper or stiletto against the quilt and fold the right side over against the seam ripper. I can usually get a pretty join with a nice 45* angle by doing this. I hold the corner and sew slowly until I get to the place where I need to pivot. I stop with the needle down, lift the pressed foot, and turn the quilt 90*.
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    This pic is from the side so you can see where I stopped to pivot.
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    Here is one showing where I'm ready to start sewing again.
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    In this shot I've made it all the way around the quilt and am almost back to the starting point.
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    You can see I have a bit of thread buildup here where I backstitched at the beginning and end. If your thread is similar in color to your binding that won't be a big deal.
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    This shot shows where I just barely covered the first set of stitches attaching the binding to the back. This would not be noticeable if I had used a thread in the bobbin that matched the front of the quilt better. That was a stupid mistake on my part; I thought since it would be covered the color wouldn't matter. If I were giving this quilt to someone, I might try to disguise these few stitches with a sharpie maker.
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    In this shot you can see I veered a little to close to the edge of the quilt. It isn't horrible, so I will leave it.
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    Here is a good shot of what I tried to explain about the corner. You want your folds to go in opposite directions.
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    This corner isn't perfect. You can see it isn't exactly 90*, and it isn't "full." Again, if this was to be judged, this would be a major no-no, but most people would never even notice something like this.
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    This is the worst spot in the binding. I might try to correct this if I were giving it to someone, but since its mine it will stay like it is.
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    I hope this helps someone. I'd love to hear your feedback.

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    Darren

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    Oh I forgot one more really important part! After attaching to the back, and before you start sewing to the front, you can take a bit of bulk out of your corners. This video is way better than any pictures I could take: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MMsmEtonhoA&t=325s

    This really does help!

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    Thank you for the tutorial update and helpful link.
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    Thanks for your lovely tutorial.

    It was great to see how you do the corners as that it where I often go awry.

    Watson

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    Thank you for the tutorial. I went back and looked at your previous posts. I always have trouble with joining the ends of the binding. It hasn't "clicked" in my brain yet but I keep going. This post will certainly help.

    Debbie The Teddybear Lady

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    Wonderful clear instructions - thank you!

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