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Thread: Why Not to Press Binding in Half -

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    Why Not to Press Binding in Half -

    I don't Press my binding in half because the pressed in crease is not where the final fold ends up.
    I do baste the raw edges together to keep them even and prevent puckering because I use bias binding.

    The red and orange represent the two sides of a folded piece of binding.

    The orange has to make four "outside curves" while the red one has a shorter distance to travel.

    Hence - letting the fabric find its own "half" works out better for me.

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    I saw the light some time ago and stopped pressing my binding. It was very liberating!

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    i press mine. the fold always stays in the same place for me
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    I have been making some small things and practicing my binding. I usually press my binding and have noticed that when I am sewing down the back, the crease is not always the place it wants to meet the backing. Then I tried [I]very lightly [I] pressing that crease and had much more success. But on these small things, I have been folding and just lightly finger pressing and it has worked very well. Not sure if I would fold and baste before trying this on a large item. Shall have to think about it.
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    I quit ironing the binding based on a tip from someone on the board. It works well for me.

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    Once my double fold binding is sewn to the front, I press the edge along the quilt so it completely lays flat. I find it is easier then to fold to the back.

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    never happened to me, I always press!

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    I always press my binding in half. Once I sew it on the front, I press it to the outside, then I use hair clip to hold it to the backing all the way around. I have not had any problems this way.
    Not sure how it would work without pressing it in half.
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    I too used to always press my binding til I too read somewhere that the fold is a forced fold and not the true fold, so since then I've not been pressing it; works much better for me too; think it 'fill's the binding better instead of leaving the outer edges rather on the thin side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Once my double fold binding is sewn to the front, I press the edge along the quilt so it completely lays flat. I find it is easier then to fold to the back.
    I do this, too. This step does help.

    The bottom line - whatever works for you.

    For me, because I prefer bias binding - I've found that if I lay the binding out on the ironing board, fold it to make sure that it is laying smoothly , pin the edges together, and then machine baste it about 1/8 inch from the edge with a longish, shallow zig-zag stitch is worth the effort to me. Sometimes I have to do a bit of "smoothing" to get the areas where the joins are to lay the way I want them to.

    When I skipped this step, sometimes one layer would creep ahead of the other layer - even with a walking foot - and I did not care for the wrinkles/puckers that occurred in the binding. I also sew the edges of the quilt sandwich together about 1/8 inch from the edge.

    That way I only have to worry about "matching" "two" sets of edges.

    Maybe I am making way too much work for myself - but I am pleased with how my bindings turn out.

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    I totally agree with you.....that's how I do it

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    I've been pressing my binding since I started quilting. I will try this on my next quilt and see if I like it. I'm open to new ideas.

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    I did try this on a Table topper. I found where I had missed part of matching the raw edges(solid black), not convinced at the moment this is the method for me but I plan to try again when not working with black. I did see where the fabric seemed to lay nicer.

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    Bear, I'm going to try your method. Thanks!!

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    I always press because that's the way I was taught to do it, but I think I'll try not pressing next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Once my double fold binding is sewn to the front, I press the edge along the quilt so it completely lays flat. I find it is easier then to fold to the back.
    I think I did this "automtically" - so did not even think to specifically mention it!

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    I never press my binding. I like the softer rolled edge to hand stitch in place. I do stitch my quilt sandwich close to the edge to hold it together then all I have to worry about is having the two raw edges of the binding aligned with the sandwich and stitch away. The stitching I did to hold the sandwich together is hidden in the seam allowance.

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    Don't press mine either.

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    I have always pressed my binding, but after reading about not pressing it I decided to try it. I basted the edges before I put it on the quilt, but was not happy with the way it turned to hand stitch on the back. I don't believe I will be one to change my way of doing on this.... always nice to give things a try, and a lot of times it is for the better!

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    I fold my binding in half and press, its always worked for me. My binding is sewn entire binding by machine, no hand sewing at all.
    I don't want to baste the edges together, otherwise I'd have to undo it when I sew the final seam to finish the binding.
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    I always iron my binding in half before attaching. I figure the fabric isn't "a quarter inch thick" LOL, and after folding, it doesn't really make much difference.

    I just feel the raw edges of the binding stay together better after being ironed and won't go sliding up or down.
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    Pressing the raw edges evenly seems to "marry" the fabrics together so that one side does not creep while being sewn on. Then, like Tartan, I give it a light press and it works like a charm.

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    I also press my binding lightly then do as Tartan. It has worked well. If I were using bias binding I might try not pressing.

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    I always press and never had a problem with the crease. I am very happy with the way my bindings look.
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    I always press my bindings in half. Always cut WOF, always goes on real good, looks neat. Willing to try other ways but, not this one. I only machine sew on bindings.
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