Thursday, May 10, 2012

It's All In The Touch/Label On The Binding

What's the most difficult thing about machine binding? I think it's the fact that you are sewing blind....you can't see if you are catching the binding as you sew, and who wants to use multiple pins that just seem to make matters worse.

 The answer is in the tips of your fingers...sort of like touch typing. 

This isn't a full on binding tutorial, but just a little tip that I read somewhere, that makes all the difference. 

When everything is pressed, including corners....something I don't do for hand-binding, I stitch in the ditch on the front of the quilt.

As I'm slowly stitching, I run of tip of my finger (left hand), in the ditch....and trust me, you can feel the edge of binding on the back of the quilt. You can now feel what you are doing, with your fingers. For me this makes all the difference....give it a try, it might surprise you. When  I first read this, I thought what????? Then I tried it and haven't done any hand-binding since.


I don't know about you....I get lazy when it comes to labeling my quilts. Sharon Pederson in her book, More Reversible Quilts, has a nifty way of labeling  and since  I was already trying something new, with the reversible binding, I gave this a shot as well. 

You can put the info right onto the binding....how nifty is that!!!



Now let's get this quilt clipped (you know all those pesky little threads that come from who knows where) and washed. 

24 comments:

  1. I'll have to try that tip! YOUR QUILT IS FANTASTIC, HOLY COW!!

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  2. Your quilt is extraordinary and thank you for the tutorials for us quilting mortals!

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  3. woah woah woah and I have to try that machine binding trick - what do you do about corners - do you keep on going or stop and fold or pin before?

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  4. I do love your posts. Always a feast for the eyes and you learn something too! Thank you!

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  5. I was wondering about the corners too! I'll have to look for a tutorial and give it a try. Love the idea of labeling the binding. Is it embroidered? Can hardly wait to see this treasure after it has been washed and dried! Thanks for the great tips.

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  6. Oh I have about four quilts that are ready for binding so will try this out. Thanks for the tip. I know by the sound of the stitch if it has clipped the back of the binding. I di use LOADS of pins but will try this out!

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  7. I have one side left on the quilt I am binding this morning and have been planning on labeling it on the binding before I stitch it down.

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  8. Very interesting tip! I was just reading a toot about using fusible thread to hold the binding in place.
    Must admit I haven't had the greatest results with machine binding, but I'll give this a try one of these days.

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  9. very cool! I to want to know how you do the corners. And how wide you cute your binding strips

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  10. Thanks so much for the tip, a definite must try.
    Your quilt has turned out so beautifully, it's been great to "be along for the ride"!

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  11. Yes, both tips are very cool...cannot wait to try them.

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  12. Sheer Perfection. Thank you for the tips.

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  13. I love the idea of using the binding as a label!

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    1. I know, isn't that a fabulous idea. I've known about it for ages and finally got around to trying it. I love it. I think all my quilts will be labeled after this.

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  14. It is a great tip, thank you. I love the quilt and the embroidery on the binding is brilliant.

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  15. Your quilt is beautiful and you are so smart regarding the machine stitched binding and label.

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    1. Thanks....I'm a bit of a technique junkie, so if I read a good one I hang on to it.

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  16. Oh look at that beautiful quilt....shot cottons?
    What great colors and flow...lovely lovely lovely!
    Thanks for your great tips....I can try but looks like it might take some practice?

    Happy Sewing

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  17. OMG - I have to finish a quilt so I can bind and LABEL it.

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  18. Thank you so much for the tip about the label in the binding! Just what I was looking for!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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