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Has anyone tried it?
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Date: 8/11/13 3:46 PM

Any opinions about this system?

I like to do all-machine binding with stitch-in-the-ditch on the front of the quilt as the final step. I've watched all the videos, and I think it would help me improve the accuracy of my bindings. But, boy, is it pricey! I'd like to hear what some of the PR quilting experts think of it.

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Date: 8/12/13 5:18 AM

I am definitely not an expert, only a beginner. I bought the system, watched the videos, thought I was doing it right, but the darned things kept slipping. Maybe I need an expert to teach me what to do, too.

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Date: 8/12/13 8:56 AM

Thank you, Lisa, for your response!

The zip binder and stitch-in-the-ditch foot look so cool in the videos, don't they? But do they really work, is the question...your experience worries me. I have 12 quilts and 3 quilted totes to get done before Christmas, and I have recently lost some flexibility in my wrist due to an accident. I was really hoping these gadgets would help.

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Date: 8/12/13 9:16 AM

I am not an expert, but sometimes these gadgets need so much tweaking and fiddling, etc. that you'd be better off to perfect the simple traditonal way to put on a binding. Just my opinion, and I have no experience with this.

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Date: 8/12/13 9:46 AM

I agree usually if it sounds too good to be true it usually is. I found that out with pattern generated software.

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Date: 8/12/13 9:57 AM

I wouldn't use it if it was given away free, never mind spend money on it.

No matter what binding method you choose, you have to go through a learning process to get it right. This stuff does NOT change that. You STILL have to go through the same learning process to get it right, only for these tools the process is learning how to use the tools.

You might as well go through the learning process without them and save the money!

Especially that corner triangle clip thing for the mitered corner. WOW. All you have to do is fold your fabric! That tool actually turns that SIMPLE fold into a far more complicated thing. I can't imagine WHY they thought that was helpful in any way??

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Date: 8/12/13 12:09 PM

that looks like a complicated tool

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Date: 8/12/13 1:07 PM

Like this product, it takes practice and gives a less than desirable (IMO) result.

Neither product will give you the pristine look of hand stitching the binding to the back of the quilt.

Another option might be to first apply the binding to the back of the quilt and then flip to the front and use a decorative machine stitch to finish the application. Here are several samples.


-- Edited on 8/12/13 1:19 PM --

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Date: 8/12/13 1:19 PM

Thank you, all. I guess I'll stick to the gadget-free binding method I've been using. You just saved me $80! Hey...now I can go buy $80 of fabric, right?

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Date: 8/12/13 1:29 PM

well really since you are going to spend $80 anyway (that you would have spent on the gadget) you really should congratulate yourself for your frugality and splurge a little... maybe sped $100 on fabric :p

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