Tuesday, April 5, 2011


LOL, going from "lesson 1" to bindings...that was a quick trip, huh?  ; )

As I am just learning, there aren't any more lessons right now. I'll leave that to the pros. But I did want to talk about binding.

There are many reasons that people don't want to hand stitch the back of the binding down. Some people have hand/nerve problems, some people don't want to take the time, and some people just HATE doing it.

I fall in the first catagory, so I've needed to figure out how to machine bind my quilted stuff. I was surfing some blogs and came across a great tutorial at redpepperquilts.  Thank you Rita!

So I want to hit on a few key points here.

This is how you DON'T want it to look. I used to sew from the BACK, but now I know, you sew from the FRONT.

See where the arrows are pointing...your sewing line isn't straight, unless your binding is perfectly straight. Sometimes I would even sew off the binding it's self...not pretty.

So you want to make sure you sew from the FRONT, after pinning.

After you stitch the binding down on the top, bring it around to the back and pin, just covering the sew line from sewing on the front. This is important, to make sure you cover your stitches. This is what happens when you don't....

Point 2, make sure you stitch in the ditch...and I mean RIGHT in the ditch...

'Cause if you don't....see where my off-white stitching is just a SMIDGE outside the ditch....

Then this also happens..

So if that happens to you, you can either resew from the front with your machine. Or you can just whip stitch that little bit down by hand.

There is my 'lesson' on machine piecing bindings. They really are soooooo easy this way.

Now you can put those bindings on much quicker...for those times when you are in a hurry.

Thanks for stopping by....Till next time....

Copyright D. Lucas, 2011 This is my tutorial. You are welcome to use any of my tutorials for personal use. You are not permitted to use my pictures or my words without linking back to the original and giving me credit for them.


Thimbleanna said...

I always admire anyone who can do a good machine binding -- I have trouble getting them even. I either have to sew it on to the back and then do my topstitching from the front, or use a decorative stitch so it isn't as obvious when I make a mistake!

Lynn said...

All the sewing and projects I have done over the years...I'm ashamed to admit I have NEVER, EVER done bias binding. Intimidated by my not doing very straight, perfect stitching! ha! Thanks for the info/link on this. Going to TRY it today!