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Date: 4/2/12 4:56 PM

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http://www.made-by-rae.com/2010/10/rae-pretends-she-can-quilt-and-shares-a-quick-quilting-tutorial/

I have made and done my own proper straight grain binding before, but I was wondering if I could still use this "cheater binder" technique, yet hand sew the binding down using a slipstitch (or hidden stitch) just so it looks a bit more polished (and so I can make sure those mitered corners are nice and tucked in and have some invisible stitches to secure them).

I don't know how "crucial" it would be to have the binding machine stitched down for this particular cheater technique so that's why I'm asking if I can hand sew. (The items will end up being machine washed and dried at some point).

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Date: 4/2/12 5:12 PM

I've used this technique many times, when I want something done in a hurry and I don't want a separate piece for binding (which can take a while just to make before you put it on). I get lazy!

You can machine stitch this down; just make sure your stitching runs close to the folded edge and use a clear foot so you can see what you're doing. You can use monofilament thread (clear thread) so your stitches don't show, but stitch up to the corner, and then hand sew the corners down.
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Subject: question about Raes cheater binding method Date: 4/2/12 6:22 PM

I use it all the time on my "serviceable" quilts. I machine sew it through all the layers.

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Subject: question about Raes cheater binding method Date: 4/2/12 6:51 PM

bookwormbethie, I've sewn this kind of binding several times and don't see any reason that you can't hand sew it. The more widely used name for binding this way is "self-binding."

I have used it on charity quilts and machine stitch it down because I'm a guy and don't like hand stitching. I even use my machine for sewing on buttons.

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Date: 4/3/12 8:24 AM

thanks, i have done this type of "self-binding" before and have machine sewed it down, but i'm not overly fond of the visible stitching (and i don't have time to go to the store to buy different threads) however, i do like this quick and easy way to bind small projects like hots pads/potholders/mugrugs, etc....

glad to know that this technique doesn't rely on machine sewing to make it work. i will hand sew the "self-binding" down just to have a bit prettier/polished look even though it will take a bit longer.

for quilts i do make my own binding and machine sew it down on one side and then finish it by hand on the other, this is the traditional method i suppose
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Subject: question about Raes cheater binding method Date: 4/3/12 1:21 PM

This isn't cheating, I've seen this technique before. I woudn't recommend on big quilts as it might be hard to get an accurate amount about the quilt. Has to be accurate for it to work right.

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Date: 4/3/12 1:49 PM

My DM and DGM did all their bindings this way, and they were all bed-sized quilts. I didn't know there was any other way to do it until I started taking classes and reading books in the 90's.

I have used self-binding recently with placemats, but I have difficulty with scissor work due to my RA. French binding means all the trimming can be done with a rotary cutter which is easier for me. Although I suppose if one were really, really careful to keep the back folded under, one could use a rotary cutter to trim the batting for self-binding...

Forgot to mention DM and DGM folded the backing to the front and hand-sewed down.



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