I have spent many hours binding by hand. In fact, it took over a month to hand bind Jimmy’s bed quilt. I really like the way hand binding looks with the blind stitch, but sometimes time doesn’t allow for hand stitching. When I was at one of the PMQG sewing nights earlier this year, it was mentioned that Red Pepper Quilts had a great tutorial on machine binding.
When I attempted machine binding in the past, I sewed my binding onto the back and then stitched it down in the front. It worked, but the back was a little all over the place (probably the sewer!). Using Rita’s tutorial, I now add my binding on the front, pin it to the back, and then stitch in the ditch along the front. I have a few change ups for next time to use 2.25″ binding and to pin evenly to not exceed the ditch by varying lengths. Overall, the outcome was great! I won’t be going back to my old ways of machine binding.
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