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    Machine sew binding, and still look nice!

    Ok, your local Hillbilly (that would be me) has been working on perfecting (Hillbillies are not perfectionists) a method of finishing the binding without having to hand sew it!

    I saw the idea on the Janome blog. But, they gave few details. I had 4 placemats, a table runner, and a trivot I just finished and wanted to get the binding done fast and move them on their way to their new home. So...I piddled around with it all morning, and I've got it all figured out now! (too bad the same doesn't hold true for life, huh?)

    No more hand sewing binding...yippee!! Maybe I'll pop in the store and show the RockStars, and they will do a video of it? Otherwise...I just HAVE to get this t-shirt and photo quilt order done, and then I will post step by step photos on my blog.

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    Teaser! Can't wait to see it!

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      Hehe! I agree I'm interested to see perfected machine sewn binding Good luck with your t-shirt quilt! I have one to start that is way at the bottom of my list! I'll be calling Natalie when I decide to because I've never made one before!
      To stitch or not to stitch... There is no question.

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        I watched that video demo also on binding foot from Janome,I think i have one similar its called a roller foot which can travel over heavy awkward fabrics.The binding attached part i don't have though.thanks hillbillie for sharing with us here.
        Quilting is good therapy.

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          Re: Machine sew binding, and still look nice!

          Originally posted by quiltnut View Post
          I watched that video demo also on binding foot from Janome,I think i have one similar its called a roller foot which can travel over heavy awkward fabrics.The binding attached part i don't have though.thanks hillbillie for sharing with us here.
          I have talked to my Janome dealer, and the foot they have is over $100!!
          I did talk to Jenny about the method that I saw, and it requires sewing in-the-ditch. I did discover that she and I have something in common--hating to sew in the ditch!

          I don't know when I'll get to it, but I will post this on my blog eventually.

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            Try cutting your binding 1x wider ( I cut mine 3 " for a 1 1/2 "binding), fold it in half wrong sides together . Sew it on the backside of your quilt first then when you turn it over to the right side , , just covering the stitching , I use a zig-zag stich to attach it and it comes out looking much better than a straight stitch . Hope this helps.

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              For quilts that I need to be quick and easy or for childrens quilts that are going to get a lot of washing and wear and tear I machine stitch my bindings. I do much the same as Aud, attach binding at back instead of front, then fold to the front to stitch but instead of a zigzag I use one of the many decorative stitches that my machine has. I coose something suitable for the quilt, like stars for a christmas quilt and stitch away. The other alternative is if you are using a a suitable backing fabric simply turn that to the front and proceed as before. This is almost better because you then dont have your decorative stitch going onto the backing fabric if it is a different fabric.

              I look forward to seeing how you do it Hillbilly.
              Lynn

              "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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                Jenny didn't want to do a tutorial on it because she hates sewing in the ditch.

                Just attach the binding as normal, then turn it to back, pressing it real good. Pin it from the front making sure you get through all layers, and stitch in the ditch where you attached the binding on the front. It should catch it from the back, and is not noticeable from the front.

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                  Have any of you seen how Ricky Timms does his bindings, they are awesome and create such a lovely finish. They are a little more work to set up, although this is balanced out by being machine stitched which saves time.
                  Lynn

                  "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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                    Re: Machine sew binding, and still look nice!

                    Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
                    Have any of you seen how Ricky Timms does his bindings, they are awesome and create such a lovely finish. They are a little more work to set up, although this is balanced out by being machine stitched which saves time.
                    What does he do?
                    Home, where each lives for the others and all live for God! ><(((((o>

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                      He uses a 'piping' that ends up sitting between the binding and the quilt giving it a very lovely look and finish. I can hear you all groaning, doing piping is tedious but not the way he does it. This method enables him to machine stitch the bindings with a quite neat appearance even on the back. Sorry I can't be more specific about 'how', I think you would need to see him do it to fully appreciate it. If anyone has access to his Grand Finale dvd, he shows how in detail. This is an excellent dvd actually, it is mainly about free machine quilting for those interested in doing that, I'd recommend it. I've watched mine many time and keep picking up new tips and ideas, he is an inspired quilter.
                      Lynn

                      "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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                        Re: Machine sew binding, and still look nice!

                        Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
                        He uses a 'piping' that ends up sitting between the binding and the quilt giving it a very lovely look and finish. I can hear you all groaning, doing piping is tedious but not the way he does it. This method enables him to machine stitch the bindings with a quite neat appearance even on the back. Sorry I can't be more specific about 'how', I think you would need to see him do it to fully appreciate it. If anyone has access to his Grand Finale dvd, he shows how in detail. This is an excellent dvd actually, it is mainly about free machine quilting for those interested in doing that, I'd recommend it. I've watched mine many time and keep picking up new tips and ideas, he is an inspired quilter.
                        I am going to have to look for that when I get a spare penny. I would love to see how he does his quilting too!

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                          Originally posted by hillbilly View Post
                          I would love to see how he does his quilting too!
                          All I can say is BEAUTIFULLY
                          Lynn

                          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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                            Re: Machine sew binding, and still look nice!

                            Originally posted by aud View Post
                            Try cutting your binding 1x wider ( I cut mine 3 " for a 1 1/2 "binding), fold it in half wrong sides together . Sew it on the backside of your quilt first then when you turn it over to the right side , , just covering the stitching , I use a zig-zag stich to attach it and it comes out looking much better than a straight stitch . Hope this helps.
                            What a good idea i must try that next quilt i make.Thanks for sharing I do love tips about sewing etc. ))
                            Quilting is good therapy.

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                              Originally posted by hillbilly View Post
                              Jenny didn't want to do a tutorial on it because she hates sewing in the ditch.

                              Just attach the binding as normal, then turn it to back, pressing it real good. Pin it from the front making sure you get through all layers, and stitch in the ditch where you attached the binding on the front. It should catch it from the back, and is not noticeable from the front.
                              Dear Hillbilly, I've tried machine binding, and I have to agree, it is much faster and using the decorative stiches does look very cute! how wide do you cut your binding and when you sew that in front do you sew that with the 1/4" ?
                              thanks!
                              Virginia

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