Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mauby's Binding Series. Part Five: Machine Stitching Binding

Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers

Machine Stitching Binding

Another way to finish attaching your binding to your quilt is to stitch it with your machine.
There are several methods of doing this and here is the one I have developed for when I machine stitch it.  

Nine times out of ten I hand bind my quilts, I really like to hand stitch my binding.  Still, it's good to know how to attach your binding my machine! ;) 


1.  After attaching your binding of choice (Bias or Non-Bias)
I attached this strip with green thread on the back (bobbin thread) so you can easily see it in the photos.  
2.  Fold binding around back, laying edge of binding just over the bobbin thread and press.  
3.  I use wash away wonder tape, placing it on the edge of the binding.  
I read where someone (sorry I can't remember who!) else uses elmer's glue and then when you iron it it sticks the binding on nicely. 
4. Then I remove the paper backing on the tape and lay the edge of the binding just over the stitch line. 
5.  On the top of the quilt, stitch in the "ditch" between the binding and the quilt. 
6.  If you stuck the binding on correctly then your stitching should lay right on the edge of the binding on the back of quilt.  
Click on Picture to enlarge and see stitching. 
Better shot of the "stitch in the ditch"
Better shot of one of the backs after "stitching in the ditch"
Another method, used by Heather at Olive & Ollie is to stitch the binding onto the quilt along the back side of the quilt on the edge of the binding.  I tried this on another quilt of mine.  I really liked the way the stitching on the back of the binding looked.  
Shot of the back where I stitched the binding.
Front of the quilt where I stitched on the binding on the back.
The stitches on the front show like additional quilting.
Pat Sloan also has a tutorial on machine stitching your binding with a blanket stitch.  I might try this sometime as well. 

No matter the method, I always come back to really liking to hand stitch the back of my binding!
However, I definitely think you should try ALL of the methods before deciding which one to stick with.
When you get right down to it, it does not matter how you choose to finish your binding, as long as you finish it! :) 

7 comments:

Lindsay said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I always hand stitch the binding on my quilts, but I'm currently making a set of placemats that I am machine binding. I've been using a method similar to Heather's, but I think I'll give this one a try.

Elizabeth J. Neal said...

There are several methods of doing this and here is the one I have developed for when I machine stitch it. Lisa W. Degregorio

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