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Date: 12/14/12 3:33 PM

I am sewing the binding down on my larger quilt using the walking foot on my Bernina 630. I had a size 12 sharp in the machine, but the needle did not sound right. I want to change it to either another of the same or a 14 sharp or topstitching. What do I choose?

Also, I do not remember if the stitch length should be longer than 2.5 or not. Should I use a 3.0?

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Date: 12/14/12 3:58 PM

I think I usually use a 90/14, and these days I usually use Superior titanium-coated topstitching needles (unless I'm using a Schmetz 60 or 70 for fine threads and fabrics).

I use either 40 or 50wt thread, whatever is convenient, to machine sew the binding to the front before flipping it to the back to hand sew down, and a stitch length of 2.5 sounds right. I use 2.0 for piecing and *maybe* as long as 3.0 for quilting.

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Date: 12/14/12 4:00 PM

Do I need the walking foot or can I just use the number 1 foot?

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Date: 12/14/12 5:25 PM

I would use the walking foot.

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Date: 12/15/12 3:07 AM

I'd use the walking foot, it has nice 1/4" markings and it'll prevent the layers from creeping or shifting.

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Date: 12/15/12 5:50 AM

The walking foot will definitely make this easier

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Date: 12/15/12 11:30 AM

Last night I got out the topstitching size 14 needles and put them next to my machine. We have famly obligations all weekend, so this might be all I get done for a bit. At least I am ready. I have the walking foot already on the machine. I had sewed half of one side, mitered the corner on the binding and started down the next side. I did not like the sound the machine was making, so I thought I should change the needle, but to what, I was not sure.

The first mitered corner was done and I kept looking at it. I had taken it out of the machine and just looked. Something was not right, as I could not get it to turn. I thought since this is my 2nd quilt and all, maybe I should check myself on it. I had done the miter going the wrong direction, so it was sewn down tight and would not turn. I took it out and redit it and it turns nicely, but that was when I decided to change the needle.

Stitch length is still set at 2.5. I seem to think for my class I took in June we were told to change the length to 3.0, but I will have to check my notes to be sure. The stitches look really small to me at a 2.5.

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 12/15/12 9:07 PM

I use a 2.4 stitch length for bindings. Definitely use your walking foot, and if you've cut your bindings in 2.5 inch strips, and your batting isn't super lofty, use a 3/8th inch seam instead of a 1/4 inch seam. Simply put your needle position all the way to the right and line up your walking foot to the edge of the quilt.

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Date: 12/16/12 10:39 AM

Why will a smaller stitch length be better than a longer one for sewing down the binding? I cut my bindings 2 1/2 inches wide. Batting is warm and natural.

I have checked and I am making a quarter inch wide stitch. Just not as straight as I would like. This is my beginners class quilt I am finishing up. I already finished and reviewed quilt 2. I did that one first so I could learn to bind on one that was much smaller and easier to work on. The class one is much larger in size.

I will have to open up the back flap on my Unique cabinet to do this binding. So much fabric.

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 12/16/12 4:40 PM

With a 1/4 inch seam on warm and natural, either you binding won't be "stuffed" or you will have a much wider binding on the back, but that's okay! I'm just saying with those dimensions a 3/8th inch seam is a better choice.

I prefer a shorter stitch length to help secure the quilting that was done, if any of it got cut off during the squaring up of the top after it was quilted.

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