Thursday, February 16, 2012

Binding tutoral II

Sewing the binding to the quilt
drop the accordion folded binding on the floor between your feet

Use walking foot  The walking foot feeds the quilt and binding through the machine at the same pace so there is no slipping or sliding and no stretch marks on your binding.

move needle to the right so that both pads of the walking foot are pushing the fabric

Lay binding on the edge of quilt begin sewing 6-8 inches from the end of the binding leave a tail

move right
move right

The needle should  be 1/4 inch from the edge of the quilt and binding the right pad the the walking foot should be on the binding.

stop stitching 1/4 inch from the corner

I put a pin at the edge of the quilt, there is a mark on the walking foot that is 1/4 inch from the needle so when my pin reaches that mark I stop sewing with the needle down.

 turn and sew off at a 45 degree angle

lift presser foot and turn quilt 90 degrees

fold binding to the left on 45 degree angle stitching line is your guide

fold binding 90 degree line up with quilt edges

continue sewing
hold the binding snug to the quilt but don't stretch in excess I usually tug it  about 1/8 inch per 6 inches of quilt

nearing the end of the binding and no mess no twisted or tangled binding!!!

stop sewing 6 - 8 inches from the beginning tail  remove from machine lay quilt flat and binding straight
you should have 12-16 inches of unattached quilt and binding

fold back the end of binding leaving a 1/4 inch gap bias has a lot of stretch  If you don't leave a gap you will have too much binding for the space and you binding will be puckery or bunchy and bumpy from too much binding in too small a space.

finger press a sharp crease

open up bias right sides of binding together mountain folds together at a right angle

 insert a pin at the intersection of the long crease and the finger pressed crease in the valley fold

straighten binding, match creases and pin on seam line

oops my pins are backwards for the sewing machine

 check to be sure seam is right and center creases match and the binding is snug for the space left to sew
center needle and sew seam recheck trim and finger press

move the needle to the right to finish sewing the binding to the quilt

the 1/4 gap allows just enough stretch 

I can never tell where I joined the bias after the quilt is finished.

stitch by hand turn the corners tuck in at a 90 degree angle and fold down a 45 degree angle for a sharp square corner

happy binding,

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