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Date: 3/26/12 4:10 AM

Hi Everyone,

First, I have to mention that I don't have much experience with quilting. I have mostly sewn garments.

I am seeking your advice on some issues I have with attaching the binding to a quilt I am making.

I am sewing a baby quilt, and I am putting on the binding. I am using a contrasting color Double Fold Bias Tape Quilt Binding, 7/8 in (22 mm). I sewed one side down and now I am trying to stitch-in-the-ditch to catch the other side on the back of the quilt, but I keep getting puckers and ripples. The other side seems to be stretching as I sew.

Any suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong? I am using a regular sewing machine foot, not any specialty foot. Should I be using something else?

I have ripped out the binding 3 times so far :(, so I am turning to you, experienced quilters for help. Any suggestions as to how to attach the binding?

Thank you very much!

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Date: 3/26/12 7:27 AM

Hi HSB,

Just joined this forum today and saw your post. By far the easiest way I've found adding the binding is to:

1) Open one side of the binding
2) Sew the opened edge (over the fold) of the binding RIGHT SIDES FACING to the back of the quilt.
3) bring the binding to the FRONT of the quilt, pin and sew to the top of the quilt.

Ensure the bobbin thread is VERY unobtrusive on the back, OR oyu could of course, pin well and hand-sew the binding to the top of the quilt.

I apologise if I haven't made myself clear with these instructions, if you can't understand them perhaps someone else can re-word it please??

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Date: 3/26/12 4:30 PM

Hi Ange,

First, welcome to the forum!

Thank you for your suggestion. If I understand correctly, I should sew the binding to the back first and then sew the front part to the top of the quilt.

I have been doing it reverse; maybe that's the issue?

Thanks!
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Date: 3/26/12 4:35 PM

Also, considering the number of layers you might want to use a walking foot
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Date: 3/26/12 9:10 PM

I too second the recommendation for a walking foot but bias tape is stretchy by nature so that it can be applied to curves. If the edges of the quilt has straight sides, then bias tape is not needed. The bias tape may be creating the problem but at this point unless you wanted to start over which I do not recommend, then go with what you have. I also suggest pinning but you are probably aready doing that.

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Date: 3/26/12 11:58 PM

The first thing I would do would be to pitch the purchased tape and make my own.

Cut strips 2 1/4 inches wide. Sew them together for a long strip. Fold in half lengthwise and you have French Folded Binding that is stronger than the single fold and will hold up to wear and tear.

Straight cuts will not wrinkle when applying to the quilt.

This video will help you with sewing the strips together and turning the corner when applying to the quilt.

There is a better way to join the ends than what is shown in the video. Over lap the ends the same width as the binding (2 1/4") then place right sides together and sew at an angle as described in the video for joining the strips.



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Date: 3/27/12 5:16 PM

THAT'LL teach me to READ before I dive in there! 7/8 in (22 mm) ? That's really very narrow - PattiAnnJ has the right idea - FAR easier to manipulate and work with. BUT cut the strips on the biased, not just strip after strip from the length of fabric. Don't forget to post an image of your work when you've finished!

Good luck,

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Date: 3/27/12 7:58 PM

Alternatively, hand-sew the back down instead of trying to do it by machine. You will be able to control it much better, and ensure you won't have puckers. Doing it by hand is much quicker than doing it by machine and pulling it out 3 times!
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Date: 3/28/12 4:30 AM

Hi HSB!
I am mostly a dress-maker, but I quilt a little. I always machine stitch the bias bind initially to the top side, and then I hand sew it down to back side. It actually doesn't take that long and that way I can make the mitres on the corners perfect, etc. It's kind of nice to sit down under a quilt in the evening with the tv on and do a little simple hand stitching.
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In reply to twinkle72

Date: 3/28/12 1:01 PM

I do it the same way as twinkle72. After decades in industrial sewing, I thought I should save time and close my binding by machine, but it never came out to my satisfaction. If you do it by machine, definitely close it from the top side, as one previous member stated.

Now, though, I love the controlled results I get by closing on the back side with hand-stitching. There is that zen-happy-place that results from the hand-stitching experience, and no ripping out. oh, how I hate ripping seams out.
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