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From: SewingStephanie
Date: 02-28-2006, 10:28 AM (1 of 12)
I have not quite mastered the binding of the quilt. The binding looks curled, if you will after I attach it. DO you have any pointers or helpful hints?

I've been using the Double Fold store bought kind, but am willing to make my own.

Help if you can!
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Member since: 02-08-2006
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From: Pudge99
Date: 02-28-2006, 10:50 AM (2 of 12)

I am by no means an expert on quilting (still working on my first one) but I have been reading a lot of books lately. I have read that binding cut on the straight grain can cause curling or rolling. I don't know if the stuff you bought was bias or straight but that would be the first thing I would look at.
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From: dmoore
Date: 02-28-2006, 12:46 PM (3 of 12)
I find that making my own binding works best for me. I prefer not to make it bias unless I am binding a scalloped quilt. I cut my binding wof and sew strips together with a diagonal seam. The width of strips should be 6 times the finished width you prefer for binding. I like mine finished approximately 3/8 inches wide so I cut 2 1/4 inches wide. I fold my binding in half, wrong sides together and press. To attach to quilt it is very important you have a walking foot for your machine. This will help elimate stretching and curling. Do not stretch your binding as your sew, just let it flow smoothly. I do a miter turn on the corners. Hope this is helpful and Happy Quilting.
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From: Clarkia
Date: 02-28-2006, 12:47 PM (4 of 12)
I make my own binding and sew it on in two steps, first right sides together on the front, then press it carefully and sew the back on by hand, because for the life of me I can not sew both sides by machine at once and have it look good. Wish I could, as hand sewing is slow.

There is so much good information on binding a quilt on line, and at the library. It is a really important step. Good luck!
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 02-28-2006, 04:53 PM (5 of 12)
I've attached links that show the process that I follow -

1) I cut and sew strips together joining strips via a diagonal seam - see first 3 pictures - and join enough strips for the total length of all four sides plus approx. 20" extra.
How to cut and sew Binding Strips Together (

2) Then I press the binding strip in half lengthwise.

3) This is how I sew the binding onto the quilt :
Starting and Ending Your Binding (

4) I miter the corners like this
Mitering the Corners (

5) Then after the binding is sewn on the right side, I turn it over and sew it by hand on the back. This is how to miter the corners when sewing by hand on the back.
Mitering Corners on the Back (

Hope this helps explain the process. :smile:
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From: CodyGramma
Date: 02-28-2006, 05:00 PM (6 of 12)
Here is a link that might help you out:
quilt binding instructions
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From: plrlegal
Date: 02-28-2006, 07:41 PM (7 of 12)
Packaged binding is cut on the bias and applies really easily to a quilt, at least for me.

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From: Yakityak
Date: 02-28-2006, 09:50 PM (8 of 12)
Packaged binding is 50/50 cotton/poly (at least Wrights is). So if you A) don't pre-wash your fabrics, B) use all-cotton quilting fabrics and C) use a poly-blend binding you can get differential shrinkage between quilt and binding. (A 50/50 blend will not shrink in the wash but a 100% cotton fabric can shrink between 5 and 15%. And I've worked with flannel that has shrunk considerably more than 15%.) This difference in shrinkage can cause curling or even fluting of the edges of the quilt.

It may not be your problem, but it's something to remember when using store-bought bindings. If you pre-wash or use poly-cotton fabrics to quilt with (heresy to some, I know) it isn't an issue. Thought this might help someone.

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From: SewingStephanie
Date: 03-01-2006, 12:24 PM (9 of 12)
Thanks sooo much!
And the pictures, how helpful!

I haven't washed it yet, so that can't be it and the binding I buy is Wrights bias quilt tape. I'm going to try to make my own and apply it using your advise. I appreciate your help!!

User: SewingStephanie
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 03-01-2006, 05:38 PM (10 of 12)
Just thought of something else, I always use my walking foot to sew the binding onto the quilt. That makes the binding and quilt feed evenly on both top and bottom.
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From: vasallese
Date: 03-01-2006, 08:10 PM (11 of 12)
Dear Sewing Stephanie, I used to have the same problem when sewing bias binding. Remember, bias stretches so easily, that you do not realize you have stretched it. I no longer pin mine in place, & I use the walking foot like someone else reported. Hold the binding up as you sew, lowering it onto the quilt as you get closer to the foot. If you want to practice, cut your binding on the straight of grain, which does not stretch nearly as much, & when you realize you're comfortable & the binding no longer curls, try the bias again. Just keep at it, & you'll get it very soon. By the way, I sew a lot of baby & kid's quilts, cause babies & kids don't care if your points don't match or the binding curls. Take care.
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From: SewingStephanie
Date: 03-02-2006, 03:15 PM (12 of 12)
I have a walking foot and havent used it, I will definatley give that a shot.
I really appreciate your help.

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Member since: 02-08-2006
Total posts: 40
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