Quilting Needles. Line up the raw edge of the binding to the raw edge of the quilt. I like to start attaching the binding about 3/4 of the way down the long side. The purpose of a quilting foot (usually called a walking foot) is to evenly feed all three layers of your quilt sandwich through your sewing machine during quilting. Use a walking foot if you find that the binding is scooting as you sew. Step 8. Traditionally, the binding is sewn to the front of the quilt and wrapped to the back and sewn down by hand (or machine). Binding size refers to the width of the finished binding as it appears from the front of the quilt. I use my darning foot almost exclusively these days. • Sew the binding strip to the BACK of the quilt instead of the front. Here is the decorative stitching on the front: You are in charge of moving the quilt sandwich through your sewing machine and creating the stitch length. If you have that feature, use it to your advantage. Supplies You Will Need For Quilt Binding; How To Bind a Quilt: A Step by Step Tutorial. With determination I set off to purchase Lap Seam Foot #71, a foot used for sewing flat-felled seams. • Prepare the binding strip the same way as above. Attach binding to back of quilt. Stitch the binding to the front of the quilt, just inside the folded edge. It just works better and feeds evenly. Leave about a 6-inch tail. Of course, quilt binding can be wider but we are making quilt binding with a serger so don’t cut the binding strip wider than 2 1/2 in. Place the binding strip on top of the quilt, aligning the raw edges of the strip and of the quilt and matching the centers. Fold the top binding section down over the quilt’s edge, forming a neat miter in the corner. Apple Core Quilt with Bernina Decorative Stitch #57 (Aurora 440) This was an apple core quilt that I made years ago as a class sample. Be sure to back stitch when you start and finish. Press in place. The decorative stitches in this post are different than the one I used in the “How to Attach Binding by Machine” tutorial, and I think I like them better…. Let’s set a scenario for you. If you wish to avoid using a walking foot altogether, then your alternative quilting foot is a darning or hopping foot. I used a Hera Marker on this quilt since it was smaller. Lift up the foot. When creating your binding, try your best to cut it on grain. The Pfaff Quilt Binder includes the Quilt Binder, foot to use with the Quilt Foot, binder plate, and screws. Make sure you leave long thread tails. 2. Step 7: Stitch the Binding on the Front. : ) Hopefully that makes sense. To top stitch my binding, I use a zipper foot. When sewing binding to the quilt, are you using a walking foot that is feeding the layers well through your machine? Using a Quilt Binder takes LESS fabric. Tip: 3: Use a walking foot to attach your binding. Binding size is a personal preference, but there are some general guidelines. “What do I need to bind a quilt?” Binding Clips. Tip 4: Start by sewing your binding to the BACK of your quilt. When you get to a corner, release the foot, and just turn your quilt and start sewing again. Stitch the binding tape to the quilt sandwich using a ¼” seam allowance. For machine-finished binding, this foot will help you achieve a flawless finish by … This foot accommodates the difference in thickness between the body of a quilt and the attached binding. Ditch Quilting Foot. I made my binding with the ends at 45 degree angles. Quilt Binding in Bias Grain This binding is cut at a 45 degree angle to the selvage. You are quilting with your standard foot, not a walking foot, and as you quilt your project is moving through the feed dogs that lie just beneath your presser foot. Binding clips are a lot easier to use than pins because they easily clip over the multiple layers used in binding. Pull the quilt directly to the back of the machine, finger pressing the binding as you pull it out. Stop about 2 inches from the beginning of the binding. The size of the binding is determined by the size of the seam allowance used when the binding is sewn on and how loosely or tightly the binding is folded to the back. Binding and presser foot alignment when quilt is trimmed 1/8″ outside the quilt top. It is flexible with most amount of stretch and can be used on any edge. The binding could be wavy for a couple reasons: 1. Fold over the end of the start of the binding a quarter inch so no raw edge is showing. The regular thickness section is designed to be just outside of the 7mm stitch width, allowing for uniform and precisely-spaced top-stitching. How to Bind a Quilt with Mitered Corners. What made my day was the fact that she was using a BERNINA sewing machine. Secure the stitches and cut the threads. Finish sewing your binding 1/4″ before the end of the quilt. Theoretically. I do usually use my open toe walking foot to stitch the three layers together with a very large stitch length, like 3.5 or even 4. The underside of the foot has a deeper section and section with regular thickness. By doing so, it allows me to get an even 1/8” stitch all the way around. NOTE: You can use a regular presser foot, an Even Feed or Walking foot or a Quarter Inch Seam foot. My presser foot, has a red line that is 1/4″ in front of the needle which tells me where to stop. On one 60″ side, and leaving about 6″ loose at the head, pin the binding to the right side of the quilt with raw edges even. Continue stitching until 1/4″ before the quilt edge and stop, leaving the needle down. When wrapping the binding to the front, make sure to fold your binding beyond your original stitch line. Slowly sew around the curved edge easing the binding into place. Step 3: Attaching the binding to the top of the quilt. It can still work. I stitch approx 1/8" in from the edge, so these big stitches are covered by the binding. Since this is such a small piece modifications were done to how I normally finish off the binding. My walking foot casing broke that holds my guide so it’s not as reliable as marking the lines ahead of time. Use a Walking Foot if you have one available. Stitch a 1/2-inch seam from one end of the quilt to the other. Start sewing 8-10 inches from the end of the binding. Continue stitching the binding fabric to about ¼” from the edge of the fabric. We chose the ¼” Seam foot. This will prevent you from accidentally stitching over the binding on the back of the quilt. Do everything else the same. Align the binding along the edge of the quilt, and mark on the binding where the quilt edge ends. Align the raw edges of the quilt sandwich and the binding tape. When you get to the corners, do the following four steps (a, b, c &d): a) Stop sewing 1/4″ from the bottom of the corner. Using a Walking Foot. ... we get to the end of the quilt and realized we have used some of the fabric that was supposed to be saved for the binding. Place the binding on one side of your quilt close to the middle matching the raw edges of the binding and quilt together. Using a walking foot sew the binding to the quilt with a 1/4-inch seam allowance removing the pins as you advance. If you have straight edges you need to cut it at a 45 degree angle. With either method, it helps to use a walking foot (even feed foot) to keep the three layers of the quilt sandwich from shifting and puckering as you sew. The Beginning Quilter's Best Friend. Starting at a corner, start stitching in the ditch of the seam of where you just stitched the binding strip to the quilt top. Strips are cut 1 3/4” instead of 2 1/2”. If you have a walking foot you can use that, I am using an old vintage 15-91 Singer and the walking feet I have don’t really work well with it so I just use a regular foot. For this quilt binding method we will attach the binding to the back of the quilt first. We will use this unsewn binding to connect the beginning and ending of the binding strips later in the tutorial. You’re actually going to be sewing with the quilt top facing up. • Use a walking foot if you have one for your machine. Other than the way the binding application is started and ended (when the ends are joined), the two methods are identical. Use pins to help keep the binding in place. The inside edge of my binding is up against the left of the zipper foot’s edge guide. Pin the binding in place, and stitch to finish, overlapping the stitching by 1". A walking foot guide or Hera marker to mark your lines. Avoid letting the machine push the binding to the beginning stitching spot, resulting in a wrinkle. It will keep your fabric from stretching. Then you lift the foot and pull the quilt straight back about 10-12 inches (away from you) and put the foot back down on top of the binding and finger press the folded binding hanging out the back of the machine. Using your ruler and rotary cutter, trim the batting and backing to the desired width after you have finished sewing the binding to the two opposite sides of the quilt. Continue sewing until you get 1/4″ away from the edge of the corner. This post contains affiliate links for which I receive compensation.. When you get to the corner of the quilt stop stitching a 1/4″ from the edge. When you get to a corner, you stitch right up to the edge. Binding a Curve. Use a 2-1/2″ binding strip. If you use an even-feed walking foot instead of the regular presser foot, it will be easier to keep the binding and the quilt … So that's why I use the 1/4" foot first and the ditch foot second when machine binding. A Quilting Foot is a MUST HAVE. I use the ¼″ foot for this. I place the project to the right side of the presser foot. Step 4: Attach the binding to the back of the quilt. With this foot, the you must drop your sewing machine's feed dogs. • When you’re ready to sew the binding strip down to the front, barely cover the stitch line with your binding and sew down right Lift the presser foot and rotate the quilt so that you can stitch to the outer corner of the quilt, stitching a 45* line. For tightly curved edges, you absolutely NEED to use bias to get a nice flat binding that doesn’t pucker and gives you a smooth curve. End your stitch with a back-stitch. Step 2: Sew strips together and iron. Create a miter fold by opening the binding and bringing it forward at a 45˚ angle, and checking the back. Step 6 – Continue sewing the binding to your quilt top. Tip: use a walking foot … The tutorial is called Happy Feet – Quilt Binding Edition. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the binding onto the quilt, stopping 1/4″ before the corner of the quilt. 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