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    lhayes1976's Avatar lhayes1976 is offline Senior Member
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    I am determined to master machine sewn binding--quick question. Do you sew it on the front or back of quilt? I'm sewing it to the front just like hand sewn, but I think I may be doing it wrong. My machine sewn binding for lack of a better word is just CRAP. It's crooked and I always end up with some I missed sewing.

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    Default Re: Binding Machine Sewn--Front or Back?

    Quote Originally Posted by lhayes1976 View Post
    I am determined to master machine sewn binding--quick question. Do you sew it on the front or back of quilt? I'm sewing it to the front just like hand sewn, but I think I may be doing it wrong. My machine sewn binding for lack of a better word is just CRAP. It's crooked and I always end up with some I missed sewing.
    I was taught to sew it on the back and then flip it over and sew from the front. That may not be how seasoned quilters do it though.

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    lhayes1976's Avatar lhayes1976 is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: Binding Machine Sewn--Front or Back?

    Sew on front for hand sewn--Sew on back for machine sewn? Makes sense to me--I don't know why I did think of that--next time I'll try that. I like to hand sew my gift quilts, but things like table runners, wall hangings, etc I just want to machine sew, but I'd still like it to look nice.

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    Default Re: Binding Machine Sewn--Front or Back?

    I sew mine on the front then flip to the back if I'm sewing down by hand. if i want to machine stitch it on both sides, ,I sew it to the back then bring it a round to the front and pin, pin, pin to keep it lined up .I then use a decorative stitch. I find i like that better than using a straight stitch.

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    I sew from back to front and I use store bought quilt binding and blanket binding. Because that is how I was taught also by my Mother and Grandmother Attie. I like to looks of it better and I didn't like it when I made my own.

    Hope this helps!!
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    I like how Jenny does it, sewn on machine on the front and hand stitched to the back.

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    Default Re: Binding Machine Sewn--Front or Back?

    i saw a lady on youtube machine bind a quilt and she machine the back on first than machine the front with a zig zang stich......i thought it was a good idea.......and i was thinking of taking scrap and trying it to see how it would look.....or stich in the ditch for binding

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    I have to machine bind since I have a problem hand sewing. My first binding project was a large potholder. I used the method of attaching the binding from the back, wrapping to the front and then attaching with a blanket stitch. It looked ok from the front, not so good from the back, but still a workable method and I believe what is usually done for machine binding.

    I just tackled my second binding project yesterday but used a different method which allowed me to sew the binding completely from the front. I really did not want to use a blanket stitch on the front and wanted the binding to blend in with the quilt top. I recently saw a brief YouTube video where a lady was experimenting with machine binding and I decided to try her method.

    I learned a lot doing it this first time, made some mistakes but all in all I am very happy with the results. I think with some more practice I will get better at placing the binding so that I successfully catch the edge on the back of the quilt more consistently. I had to do a few extra "stitch overs" this first time around. I think I will try to post more pics in my album showing the process I used just in case anyone else is interested in trying it out.

    Here is my finished project....a 68" x 25" bedrunner for a little girl:
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    Great job on the whole project, and the binding looks great!
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    Fantastic job, sew.... it's gorgeous

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