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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Bernina Binder Attachment Foot ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 8/12/08 11:40 PM

I've been playing around with the Berning Binder Attachment Foot #84 with presser foot#94. I had it for years but never really got a chance to use it. Now I want to use it to put seam binding around a sleeveless dress. Does anyone have this attachment and know how to use it fairly well. It takes lots practice but I'm learning from my mistakes. One thing I cannot figure out is getting the binding around the fabric at the start of the fabric. After I've sewn a couple of inches the binding looks good, it's just the first couple of inches is giving me trouble. Anyone have any tips or techniques on how to use this attachment? Thanks.

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Date: 8/13/08 9:58 AM

Have you tried starting the binding and stitching on it for a short distance and then feeding in the garment seam?

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Date: 8/13/08 7:15 PM

Mandi,
Yes, I thought of that after I posted the question. Then I went and tried it. It came out better but it's gonna take lots of practice to get it perfect. But I really appreciate the tip. Thank so much!

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Date: 7/11/11 6:14 PM

I too got one of these ridiculously expensive (but isn't everything sewing these days?) binder feet after failing miserably at the ones that use premade tape because I wanted to eliminate the step of making the bias tape. I am taking tonight to do nothing but work on learning to use the foot, having finally conquered the ruffler and elastic thread shirring. I found several good videos,l free and provided by Bernina for Bernina here: http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/bernina_videos.php. This is the Alex Anderson/Ricky Tims site where you can subscribe to videos but the Bernina collection is a sponsored freebie for all kinds of Bernina topics, and there are 3 on using the binder. May we all benefit!

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Date: 7/11/11 7:40 PM

I have that same foot combo but haven't tried it yet. I already know it will require practice and then some less than perfect sleep shirts with some wonky bindings from testing. That aspect is a little frustrating as I can do a pretty decent looking binding with out one. I was sort of thinking of long straight things with the foot like home dec but it would be nice if it would work on neck areas. Please tell us if any of you get it to work as it should. I bought mine from someone selling but it was still beyond ridiculous in price . Bernina feet usually work really well -hope this one is not an exception.

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Date: 12/22/12 7:44 AM

Can I use this binder for attaching knit bindings to clothing? I'm thinking it would give a more professional finish and save me hand finishing the other side which I think looks homemade unless one is doing couture sewing. I think it is too narrow for quilting- at least the quilts I've made.

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Date: 12/22/12 12:27 PM

Yes you can. Connie Long shows how to do this in her "Sewing with Knits" book. I haven't tried it yet but I plan to practice this technique during my holiday break. I'll let ya'll know how it turns out.

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Date: 12/26/12 5:57 PM

I also have this binder and foot. I also had it for a number of years before I tried to use it. Then messed up so much that I put it back in the box and let it sit for a year before I took a class on how to use it. In the class we put binding on an apron. We used a quitling cotton so the fabric had lots of body. The instructor had me start sewing on the binding then slip the flat fabric inbetween the folds and continue sewing. It went fairly well till I came to a long curve. The flat piece of fabric wanted to slip out of the folds of the binding when going around the curve.
You end up with a 1/4" bound edge. I am not sure how well this attachment would work with a knit. I could see that knit stretching out. I have Connie's book so will have to pull it out and see how she did it.

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Date: 12/26/12 7:44 PM

Binding works better when cut on the BIAS and starched.
Make sure it is cut to the proper width. Work with the needle position, can't remember if the needle goes right or left, but when you start a few inches off the piece to be bound, you can adjust the needle position at that point. The Quilt Show has a video using the old binder with the one toed foot. Sandy

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