binding/walking foot

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Bay888 posted on Sun, Apr 24 2011 8:01 PM

I am new to quilting and can't seem to get the binding done right on my quilts.  Do any of you have any suggestions on how to make straight lines when doing the binding with the walking foot.  I don't like to sew by hand so I'm trying to do the binding all by machine and when I turn it over - I can't seem to get a straight line.  Thanks for your help!

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Are you sewing the binding on the back and then wrapping to the front?  That is what I do and then just fold it over as you go and use the binding edge as a guide to get the straight line.  You need a walking foot to do this neatly in my experience.

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I looked back to find a couple of threads where we've discussed this before.  Perhaps you'll find some helpful tips here...

On that second thread, make sure you click into Kris's link to see how she uses decorative stitches for this task.



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Nana replied on Sun, Apr 24 2011 9:33 PM

What brand machine are you using?  Janome makes a stitch in the ditch foot to use with the accufeed system that works great for bindings.   Otherwise it works best the way Jeanine described.  Good luck.

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Joy replied on Mon, Apr 25 2011 10:26 AM

I'm not sure what the correct name is, but I use a magnet thing with a straight edge. I place it where I want it and it keeps the fabric and sewing line straight while binding.


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I have the same problem so I have used a decorative stitch.  I prefer to hand sew the binding to the back.  It just seems to be much neater to me. Here is link to a video I did on my technique - Perfect Mitered Binding.

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Bay888 replied on Mon, Apr 25 2011 4:15 PM

Thanks so much for all of your answers.  I am checking out all of the links and all of the advice that you have given.  It's great to have a place to ask questions especially when you are a beginner.



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