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    Default adding binding by machine...Why is it SO MESSY for me?

    I use my machine to attach my binding, and it is always so frustrating and my seams are a mess! My machine just doesn't want to feed the extra layers of fabric, so I end up pulling and pushing and stretching and bending...a Yoga fiasco! I'm glad no one can see the terrible seam I sewed.

    I have used bias binding and WOF binding, so far. WOF gave me the worse outcome...I had too much fabric after I joined my ends. I watched a tutorial by Jenny and she was using WOF, so that is how I cut mine. Yes, I cut the end exactly as I was supposed to.

    Any suggestions to clean up the messy seam? and How about type of binding? Is bias, WOF, or LOF best?

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    Default Re: adding binding by machine...Why is it SO MESSY for me?

    I only make bias binding for curved edges, which I haven't done yet in a quilt. So far, all my quilt bindings have been WOF.
    I use the method explained here:
    https://whatwerks.wordpress.com/2017...t-buy-awesome/

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    Default Re: adding binding by machine...Why is it SO MESSY for me?

    I machine sew all my bindings now. This is what I do.

    First I measure my quilt sides so I know approx how many inches I need.

    I cut strips of fabric 2 1/2" wide. I don't do it on the bias.

    I sew the strips together so it's one length.

    I iron the strip in half lengthwise. I then turn under 1/4" on one side and press that down too.

    I pin the binding on the back side of the quilt, right sides together. When I start the binding I start attaching it at a mid point on one of the sides leaving about 6" unsewn at the start. The side of the binding I attach is the side that does not have 1/4" ironed, it would be the straight edge side.

    And of course I miter my corners :-) (Jenny has a tutorial for that too)

    I straight stitch this part using a little more than a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

    I stop attaching approx 12" from the end and again leave approx 6" tail unsewn.

    Attach the two unsewn tails to the edge using one of Jenny's binding tutorials.

    Turn the binding over to the right side of the quilt, pin. This way your 1/4" is already turned under and will lay nice and flat. For this part of the sewing I don't use a straight stitch.. It always came out looking wonky to me and I hated it. I use one of my decorative machine stitches that has a curvy line. It's more forgiving.

    Anyway, that's pretty much how I do it. I hope it works for you too
    Last edited by Carlie Wolf; August 12th, 2017 at 08:12 PM.

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    Default Re: adding binding by machine...Why is it SO MESSY for me?

    If you use a walking foot to help feed it all through the machine you will have a lot less struggle with the extra layers.
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    Default Re: adding binding by machine...Why is it SO MESSY for me?

    Forgot to mention. I only seem to have that type of problem when I have a dull needle.

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    Default Re: adding binding by machine...Why is it SO MESSY for me?

    I like to use Jenny's method for flange binding. All machine sewn!

    https://quiltingtutorials.com/tutori...flange-binding
    Vonnie

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    Default Re: adding binding by machine...Why is it SO MESSY for me?

    Check out Sharon Schamber's YouTube video. I don't glue everything. Just the join at the end, but they turn out so much better now!

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    Default Re: adding binding by machine...Why is it SO MESSY for me?

    I use almost exclusively bias binding. however, I starch my fabric before I cut the bias strips, cut the strips, sew them into one continuous strip, and then starch again as I press the strip in half lengthwise. The starching makes a huge difference, and I use a walking foot to attach the binding to the quilt, with the foot pressure reduced. It makes a beautiful binding.

    I sew the binding but leave about 12 inches free at the beginning and at least 8 at the end, and then join them this way:
    www.mccallsquilting.com/mccallsquilting/articles/Quilt_Binding___Joining_the_Ends. There is a video there too. It works really well and no one can tell where the join is.
    Last edited by Julie A; August 12th, 2017 at 10:23 PM.

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    Default Re: adding binding by machine...Why is it SO MESSY for me?

    Jordan Fabrics has a binding video, where she sews the binding on the front, then instead of hand stitching it to the back, she folds it over and stitches in the ditch from the front. This way, the front is pretty, but you could still have issues on the back. I haven't tried it yet.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQgjp4Upt8w

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    Default Re: adding binding by machine...Why is it SO MESSY for me?

    I use only WOF binding, 2.5" wide. I sew by machine all the time. I use a walking foot and a sharp quilting 90-14 needle. I don't have time now to list my step-by-step method, but I do SITD on the front & it catches it evenly on the back. The secret, IMO, is to use a sewing gauge & pin the binding the same width all the way around & have your joined binding rolled up on a cardboard tube so that it feeds a little bit at a time & isn't all over the place. I do not press my binding strips. Just fold it in half, being careful not to stretch the fabric. Be sure to leave adequate space to join the ends when you get all the way around the quilt. I usually leave at least 12" or more on either end. I think there are pics in some of my albums of my process.

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