Hold in place with your fingers or a pin if you prefer. Step 2 To add mitred corners on quilt binding, use a binding clip to hold the corner, fold the binding back down onto your quilt, aligning the raw edges along the next side. There are. And I use the changeable dual feed 1/4″ guide food to sew on the binding. 3. No, it's not the end of the world and your quilt will not be ruined if a seam allowance happens to hit a corner dead on. I like 2 inch wide binding, but when I first started quilting I was taught to cut it 2 1/2 inches wide. When you stitch a diagonal seam, it spreads the seam allowance out over the length of the seam so it doesn't look like your binding has a strange bulge only in one spot. Check out the other binding tutorials I've created so you can complete that step and finish your quilt today! The next step of this process is to piece an extra long strip of quilt binding. 2. Preparing a Quilt for Binding by Machine. This is the little 45-degree angle fold in the corners of the quilt that looks super cute on the front and back and also allows you to stitch the entire long binding strip all the way around the quilt in one pass. Click Here to find this marking pencil. It does make the process a bit more fiddly so take your time arranging the strip around your quilt so you can avoid the extra stress and blood pressure spikes. You can pin all along the side or use just a few pins and move them as you sew. This stitch that imitates hand quilting is my favorite. The trickiest part of binding a quilt is turning and folding the binding strip to create nicely mitered corners. 3. And who has that kind of time? The Binding Tool. 2. Once binding is clipped to back of your quilt, sew it down with a standard foot 1/4 inch up to 3/8 inch. i learned how in the quilt class i took in nov, but couldn't remember exactly. A neat binding makes the quilt look professional, crisp and finished. Warm Cool Quilt Along - Binding, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr. You'll learn how to master quilting techniques, quilt beautiful designs, and make whole quilts step-by-step! This is an essential step because it prepares the edges of your quilt so they're stable and easy to stitch the binding along the edge. In these online classes, I share every tip and trick and go slowly through each step of the process. Stitch along that line and trim down to ¼” seam. Machine Quilt Binding Tutorial Monday, July 4, 2011 This post is a part of the Warm Cool Quilt-Along! Yes, this is a big choice and will decide if you finish this quilt project today or...some indeterminate time in the future. The steps to quilt binding by machine: 1. Fold the binding strip up, away from the quilt, so that the raw edge is even with the raw edge of the quilt. Your stitches should look like this: Fold the binding up, then down again to make a fold that looks like this: This will make a mitered corner when you fold the binding to the front of the quilt in the next step. Then press that whole long strip in half, wrong sides together. The steps to quilt binding by machine: 1. You can back stitch here, or I usually just change direction and stitch straight off the edge of the quilt onto a scrap of fabric. Rotate the quilt so the next edge you're going to stitch along is facing the machine and fold the binding strip straight up, away from you. When you get back to the beginning, attach the tails of the binding together and sew them down. That's all thanks to stitching the Victory Lap and carefully squaring the quilt. Take the quilt to your ironing board and lay it down with the back of the quilt facing up. I like to cut my quilt binding non bias, parallel with the selvage of the fabric and 2.25″ wide. Any suggestions for next time? A 1/4″ binding will just cover the ¼” seam allowance built into the blocks. Precut Fabric. Your long binding strip is now secured to one side of your quilt all the way around. Learn how to make your own binding strips with mitered corners and attach it to a quilt. When you are finished, you should have a binding strip that looks more or less like this: I like to use my sewing machine’s decorative stitches for this step. See several options for machine binding that make use of the binding tool, a lapel stick, wonder clips, and Steam-a-Seam 2. Pick one corner of the quilt and fold the binding into a mitered corner, then pin the miter in place: Pin the binding to the front of the quilt along one side, making sure to maintain a consistent binding width. Quilters like to argue about how wide to cut binding. Start at the corner you pinned and use your sewing machine to sew the edge of the binding to the front of the quilt. This is a tutorial for double binding – there are two thicknesses. How to Machine Bind a Quilt (No Hand Sewing!). Preparing a Quilt for Binding by Machine. Decide How Wide to Make the Binding. I cheat by inserting the tail end of the binding inside the starting end, aligning the joined ends with the edge of the quilt, and stitching them down. My Waterfall Bargello hangs in my dining room and makes me smile every day. Create the Binding and Stitch it to the Quilt. Draw a line along that edge with your water soluble marker. If you're in a hurry, go with option A. This should create a nice 45-degree fold in the corner. This is an essential step to preparing your quilt binding because it reduces the stretch and movement of the fabric and makes it much easier to cut long straight strips. I just read the tutorial on quilt bindings. Let's try quilt binding without tears, shall we? yay! This is a really fun quilting class that covers lots of different quilting techniques: how to piece a small Bargello wall hanging, how to audition designs and make a quilting plan, how to machine quilt with a combination of walking foot quilting and free motion quilting. I use straight of the grain fabric strips for almost all of my quilts. Unfortunately many quilters think quilt binding must be finished by hand. That’s why I was so pleased when I stumbled on this clever way of attaching quilt binding to the body of the quilt entirely by machine. Let's begin by learning how to prepare the quilt for binding. Repeat this step until all your strips are sewn together. Fabric by the Yard. If you're looking for a fun project to stitch your quilting skills up a notch, check out the Waterfall Bargello Workshop. I learned the hard way that quilt show judges like fat, plump, rounded edges because this will wear better over time. This never resulted in a plump, cushy edge to the quilt. 1. But for most quilts that are intended to be drug around the house and used on your beds, couch, and tablecloth, machine binding is perfectly fine and you can complete the entire process in one day. Most of us are taught to bind a quilt by machine-sewing the binding to the front side of the quilt sandwich, then folding the binding to the back and whip-stitching it down by hand. Clip binding strip to the back of your quilt making sure there are no seams landing at the corners (8:10) Remove the quilt from your machine, and fold the binding up, away from the quilt, at a 90-degree angle. Fold the binding strip in half – wrong sides are inside, the right sides facing out. In this tutorial I'm going to teach you how to make Straight Grain Binding. Join the Ends. Now that the binding is sewn together nicely, trim the seam allowances and press them open - that also reduces their bulk inside the binding - and press the entire strip in half. It works out perfectly every time and creates a plump, rounded edge for the quilt. The fabric I chose for my binding is from a fat quarter, 18″x21″, so I will totally be doing a few cuts. Whenever you reach a corner, stop stitching 1/4″ from the corner. Quilt Binding can be an easy, fun process you can complete in a day on your home sewing machine so your quilt can be used and enjoyed. You'll need to fold the binding over and secure the folded edge. If the fabric is moving and wiggling, it's going to fight you every step of the way and probably won't look very good in the end. I also often use. B - If you plan to hand stitch the binding down, arrange and stitch the binding to the quilt from the RIGHT SIDE. That's why I cut my quilt binding 2 inches wide. Once you have the corner folded, slip the quilt back into your machine and stitch straight down the edge. Mark a dot on the fold of both binding strips in the middle of where they stack up together. With the binding in place, the quilt is all finished except for trimming stray threads and adding a quilt label. As you can see I use LOTS of pins, although I know of quilters who can do this without pinning! If you stitch this in the opposite direction, you will create a twist in your binding! Done! If you've been cutting strips that have a little "V" in the middle on the folds, this is a sign your fabric isn't properly square before cutting. Finishing the Binding by Machine. First arrange it around the quilt so the seam lines don't line up with the corners. Folding the Binding to Create Mitered Corners. I just finished a quilt and struggled with the binding bunching when I sewed. About This Tutorial Rob demonstrates how to finish a quilt with machine binding done a home sewing machine. This is exactly as I bind except I prefer to hand stitch the back of the binding down. Two methods will be discussed: the “tucked” and the “seamed” techniques. This will create a 45 degree angle in the binding on the corner. If you want to use a decorative stitch to secure the binding, it’s definitely easier to go wider. Click Here to learn how to properly starch, square, and cut long strips. Sew the binding onto the quilt … - 1/4 inch is taken away in stitching the binding on the quilt. It can be hard to fit a decorative stitch onto a narrow strip of binding. And yes, it's important to stitch this in the right direction! When attaching binding by machine, begin by sewing the binding to the back of the quilt. Turn the quilt so the side just stitched is across the top and the edge needing binding is along the right. and the idea of doing the front side with the machine is intriguing, too. Then take that binding strip and fold it straight down towards your body. If your quilt has curved edges then you will want to use bias binding. Start with 1/4 inch, it will give you more wiggle room. Keep sewing around the quilt, following the steps above at each corner. This reduces the bulk of the seam when you fold the binding strip in half. This should line up with the next side of the quilt you're going to stitch and create a straight fold, level with the edge of the quilt. Now, I will give you forewarning, this is a very photo heavy post! Here’s a tutorial on how to do it. First stitch your binding pieces together with a diagonal seam like this with one binding strip right side up and a second binding strip right side down: Why a diagonal seam? To Machine Bind a Quilt, Just Sew the Binding to the Quilt’s Back Side 1. It’s machine quilting all the way for me, baby! I used pins, would clips have been a better way to hold fabric straight? Unfortunately many quilters think quilt binding must be finished by hand. If you'd like to get started on quilting and need supplies, come on over and check us out at or take a look at our awesome deals every day at. Start by smoothing down the end of the binding strip along the edge of the quilt, then smooth down the beginning of the binding strip on top. Mitering the corner on the front requires some “fiddling” to get it just right. Clip or pin to … This type of binding is also very easy to cut and piece, however, there are a lot of steps in this process and some of them, like starching your fabric, you may have never tried before. Create the Binding and Stitch it to the Quilt. Lay your fabric strips right sides together as shown, sew a diagonal seam from corner to corner, trim the corner, and repeat until all of the binding strips are sewn together into one long strip. For this reason, after stitching, open up your quilt and smooth the binding along the edge and make sure it lies flat and smooth to the edge. Which quilt binding group do you belong to? Click Here to learn how to prepare your quilt for binding. I even added a bonus video on adding glittery thread to the surface with bobbin thread work because I thought it would make the quilt stand out even better, and it was the perfect choice. There are a lot of binding tools and fiddly gadgets for putting your binding edges together. 2. When you get close to the next corner, a corner, fold the binding into another mitered corner and pin or clip in place. Now for a few handy dandy diagrams to guide you through the machine binding process. Reply Click Here to learn more about the Waterfall Bargello Workshop. On a large quilt, this method can take quite a lot of time. If you use a straight seam, you'll have a big chunk of 1/4 inch seam allowance landing only in one spot on the binding. Here’s how to use the back-to-front method of binding a quilt: If your quilt is made of blocks without borders or has a pieced border, use a narrow ¼” finished binding width. Press the binding so you have a nice crease on the fold, the raw edges will line up. I try to catch the mitered fold so I secure it with my first stitches. Copyright © 2021 LeahDay.com. If it's twisted or not lying smooth, rip out that seam and stitch it again. Use a 1/4″ quilting foot and a seam guide if you have one. If you have a favorite, jump ahead … Yes, you can do this with far less space and binding strip, but you will probably end up crying in frustration at least once. Today we're going to talk about machine binding! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The right-hand side of the foot runs along the outer edge of the quilt sandwich and the binding edge runs along the blade – 1/2″ seam from quilt edge, binding edge is 1/4″ from quilt sandwich edge, binding … Check out that beautiful mitered corner on the front and back! Start by folding the right … You can use a ¼” foot, regular foot or a walking foot to attach the binding to the back of the quilt. i've been looking everywhere for a tutorial on how to match up the last seam on the binding, which you included here. - 1/4 inch is taken away folding to the front side of the seam allowance. We don't want a binding bulge! (Finished binding width x 2 + ¼” seam allowance) x 2. Sewing the Binding onto the Front of the Quilt by Machine by Ann Johnson How do I start sewing the binding to the front of the quilt? To make perfectly mitered corners, the first step is to stop stitching 1/4 inch before the corner. Unfold the binding strip where you stopped stitching first and place it right side up on your table. I also like the contrast a wider binding gives to the quilt. I've created a three part quilting tutorial to guide you through every step of the process. 74 thoughts on “ Machine Binding Tutorial ” Pingback: Grey Goose Quilt | Beech Tree Lane Handmade Karen @ Pieces of Contentment November 29, 2015 at 8:18 pm. Of course, this is only one step of the stitching process. Start in an inconspicuous place on the side or bottom of the quilt. If you have a curved quilt, this tutorial might not be for you. First, you need to prepare your binding strips and then sew them onto the back of your quilt using a 1/4″ seam allowance. - 1/4 inch of fabric covers the curve on the edge of the quilt and the fold which should rest just inside the stitching that holds the binding down on the opposite side of the quilt. Make sure to start with preparing your quilt for binding. Make your life easier and leave lots of extra binding strip at the beginning and end to work with. MACHINE STITCHING THE BINDING: Pin the binding to the back of the quilt so as to just overlap the stitching line made when sewing the binding to the front of the quilt. Does this seem like a lot of work? Pin the binding strips together, then take it to your machine and stitch another diagonal seam from the upper left corner down to the lower right, just like the diagram above for connecting your binding strips together originally. If you enjoyed this tutorial and you're eager to learn more about the quilt-making process, please join me for a quilting workshop! How to machine bind like it looks hand sewn tutorial: 1. Use your ruler as a straight edge, lining up the bottom left corner with the top right corner. Single binding is done by using one layer of fabric and folding it over on to itself. Cut and Sew a Continuous Binding Strip. I also needed help with mitering corners. Wider binding is easier to work with and more forgiving of mistakes. Once you have your binding cut and prepared as you saw in the video, it's time to stitch it to the edges of the quilt. The binding flatted out and the edge was very pointy and sharply folded as it wrapped around the quilt. Return the quilt to your machine and stitch that last open space to the edge of your quilt. If you'd like it to be fun instead of a fight, make sure to follow all the steps I share in this quilting tutorial: I use a Ceramic Marking Pencil to mark my binding so I don't stitch too far on the corners and to line up the loose ends perfectly. Then you fold the binding from the back to the front and use your sewing machine to stitch it down on the front side with a blanket stitch, a satin stitch, or one of the decorative stitches that imitates hand quilting. Preparing the edges of the quilt is especially important when you're working with a tricky material like Minky fabric on the back of the quilt as you can see in the photo above. You can do this entirely by marking and carefully aligning the ends of the strips together. Double fold straight of the grain quilt binding. By taking the time to complete each step, it will make it so much easier to stitch the binding on by machine. With the needle down, turn the quilt 90 degrees and back stitch off the quilt’s edge. A sharply folded edge which will eventually cause the fabric to split in that one spot. Using Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer fabrics, Christine Baker made this cheery sunflower quilt. Leave a tail of about six inches at the beginning. It helps to fold your entire quilt in half to bring the binding strips closer together. Feel free to join in the fun at any time! If it lies perfectly flat and looks consistent with the rest of your binding, trim the seam allowance down to 1/4 and press it open, then press that open area back flat to your quilt. Once I learned this, I shrank the cutting width of my binding down to 2 inches wide due to this simple math: 2 inch wide binding folded in half = 1 inch wide binding strip. The end result looks great, and it takes a lot less time than hand sewing. You might never have starched or squared fabric before. Line up the binding and quilt raw edges. Next week we’ll finish by talking about hand-done bias-binding. If your quilt doesn’t have pieced sections in its borders, I’d recommend using a wider binding strip. Sew the binding to the FRONT side of the quilt top. Now is the time to decide how you want to finish the binding. This leaves the whole block visible, while a wider binding would cover up some of the block. It is a lot of steps to prepare your quilt binding. I've created a three part quilting tutorial to guide you through every step of the process. - 1/4 is taken away to fold over the back side of the seam allowance. It can also provide a cute ‘frame’ for the design. 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