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Friday, November 27, 2009

Machine Binding

Red Pepper Quilts Binding

99% of all quilt binding tutorials online involve creating your binding, machine sewing it to your quilt and then hand finishing. I just found the perfect tutorial on Red Pepper Quilts for a technique I am definately going to try.

The techniques described for joining the binding overlap leaves a much less bulky seam than other methods I have seen. It looks like it may be hard to work out the first time, but I am sure once you get the hang of it that it is an easy method.

The best part is the description of how to top stitch the binding with your machine. I have been worried about stitching through all those layers and coming up with a straight seam that catches both sides of the binding. This makes perfect sense and it should be relatively easy.

I had to read through this four times, so be patient with it. If you have a little more experience it might make perfect sense first time.

Once I have finished my Invaders design I am going to try this method of binding as I will be using black binding on black fabric so any little mistakes will not be noticeable.

4 comments:

DianeH said...

Hi There, Just stopped over from Fiona's to read this post on machine binding. Thanks for the tip I'll check it out. Have you given it a try yet?

BlueRidge Boomer said...

Thanks for the tip about Red Pepper Quilts....gott'a try that binding....looks simple(?)...

Enjoy....LindaMay

Metanoia said...

DianeH - I haven't tried it yet. I don't have anything ready to bind! Hopefully I'll be able to try it soon and then I'll add a blog post about it, I'm sure.

Metanoia said...

It took me until now to have something I didn't mind destroying - or rather, if it came out bad it wouldn't be noticeable... and while it is harder than it looks and I did end up with a couple of mistakes I had to go back and fix it was definately quicker than hand sewing a binding. It was a bit hard on my hands so next time I'm going to iron the binding out before trying to machine sew it. The project I tried this on was my space invaders wall hanging.