Today I am sharing with you my 3 methods for machine binding. Hopefully you'll take away a skill that will help you finish a few of those projects with ease while creating professional results.
On so many occasions ladies come into the shop and while taking a look at all the samples (over 1000!) the most commonly asked question is how our bindings are so neat and even on both sides. So, today I'm spilling the beans on my bindings....tricks I talk about in the shop almost daily.
The first thing I can tell you is that all of our binding are cut on the bias. Not only does it hold up longer because of having two fibers in a 'X' running the length of an edge, but it also hides any discrepancies because its so pliable. When binding a scallop quilt or apple core quilt its a must to prevent any bunching.
Some general notes on my binding:
•I cut most all of my bindings at 2.5" then use a 3/8" seam allowance for application.
•I also always use a walking foot (and most of the time while sewing too!) and a Schmetz Microtex needle or any 'sharps' needle.
•As a rule of thumb when top stitching you're suppose to lengthen your seam, so while applying bindings I use a stitch length of 3 for the final step.Method 1: Only seeing top stitching on the front of your quilt.
Method 2: Even top stitching on both top and bottom.
To do this I apply my binding to the back first, using a 3/8" seam allowance like before.
Now I use this method when I don't want the bulk of a binding to deal with, normally on small projects like mug rugs, reader wraps, etc.
• Cut bias binding 1-3/4" wide, iron in half, then open with your fingers. Next iron both raw edges towards center crease, then in half again. Should look like this:Now for application:
Apply binding to the back of your quilt, using only a single layer, follow the first crease which is about 3/8" seam allowance.
Once you pull the binding to the front, your binding should snap close, hiding the remaining raw edge.
You can use either your awl to pull it and hold it while you sew or place a few pins around to secure while you stitch.
So thats my 3 machine binding methods that I use in the shop. I'll tell you it takes some time to perfect this, I've been sewing for years and had extremely awesome teachers. The lessons I've learned from both my grandmother and my mother have been invaluable and enabled me to create professional looking goods. I pass these onto you in the hopes you'll use them to quickly finish any unfinished project you may have. Give them a try on something small to practice and be patient with yourself. I'll be bringing that sample from this post to the next meeting so you can see it in person. If you have any questions, be sure to ask! xxSteffani