Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday Tip # 6 - Four Helpful Tips When Attaching Quilt Binding



Binding is my sometimes nemesis. You can read about my battle with binding here, which is funny in retrospect. At the time? not so much. This has led me to find easier ways to attach my quilt binding to lessen my frustration.


  • 1 --  WALKING FOOT IS YOUR FRIEND
This tidbit of wisdom was shared with me at a guild meeting and has made a world of difference for me.
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Use Walking Foot when Attaching Quilt Binding

The walking foot will feed the top layers through your sewing machine, similar to your feed dogs below, and will keep all your layers from shifting.



  • 2  --  WEAR QUILTING GLOVES

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Quilt Gloves
You are handling multiple layers of fabric and batting. Quilting gloves will allow you to easily grip the fabric as you move it through your machine. 


  • 3  --  PRESS SEAMS OPEN

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Press Seams Open

I hate to press seams open, but here it makes sense. You want as little bulk as possible on your binding, especially if you are hand sewing it in place to finish the quilt.

  • 4  --  PIN IN PLACE

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Pin Binding in Place

To avoid binding seams in the corners of your quilt, always take a few minutes to pin your binding in place. Yes, the binding shifts a little (even with a walking foot) but this will give you a guide of where to start your binding and the general area where the binding seams will be. If needs be, adjust your binding. This is so much easier to do before the first stitch than later. You do not want any extra bulk as you fold fabric to miter your corners. 


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