Quilters: A Question About Hand Stitching Binding

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Posted 1/31/2013 by A Complicated Lady in NSBR Board
 

A Complicated Lady
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Posted: 1/31/2013 7:33:20 AM
I have been looking online for tutorials for hand stitching binding. The ones I am finding give instructions to machine stitch the binding to the front of the quilt and then hand stitch the back. This seems to be more for the look than for time saving.

I'm thinking that if I could get to my machine to do the first part, then I'd just machine stitch the whole binding and be done. My goal is to try hand stitching in an attempt to be more productive when I can't get to my machine.

Any tutorials or advice for completely hand stitching a binding, or is that totally contradictory to time saving?


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Posted: 1/31/2013 7:43:02 AM
IMO--unless you really want to hand stitch it is much faster to attach the binding to the front of the sandwich, turn it over the layers, then hand stitch.

There are people that do the whole binding process on their machines. They don't hand stitch a thing. I haven't tried that. But if you search you'll find those instructions too.

Anything hand stitched will take more time. If you want to do that and have the time--enjoy!


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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:21:35 AM
You can certainly hand stitch the whole binding, but it is not a time saving technique. You would just mark your 1/4" line and do a small running stitch all the way around. Turn the binding and hand stitch the back down with an invisible applique stitch.

Stitching the front of the binding down by machine is faster and stronger than hand stitching. When you wrap the binding around to the back the line of stitching is covered up. This would be the same if you hand stitched. When you then hand stitch the back of the binding it is as close to invisible as your ability to stitch. When you machine stitch the back you actually do it from the front. You wrap the binding and pin it, then on the front you stitch in the ditch of the front binding. The back stitching is clearly visible and there is the edge of the binding that is not stitched down, think seam allowance, and it is not always even. Try it on a small sample and see if you are satisfied with the finished look. Personally, I don't like it, but a lot of quilters do it that way.

Actually, one of my favorite parts of making the quilt is the hand stitching on the binding. I know its the end and it's kind of like bonding with the quilt.







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Posted: 1/31/2013 12:27:31 PM
I am with Kim...there is something psychologically freeing about finishing the hand binding part.

That said, I have a king sized quilt to bind soon and I am not looking forward to wrestling it through my machine to get the binding on the front. But I can't imagine trying to handsew it and get it (1) straight and (2) sturdy enough for the wear binding gets.

I've tried doing the whole thing by machine, but I find it very hard to get it to line up well.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 1:21:25 PM
Kim explained it perfectly. I do all machine binding in small projects, but for the quilts I've done I have machine stitched the front and hand stitched the back.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 1:56:12 PM
I'm great at starting quilts and not so great about getting them all the way to the binding part, so take this for what it's worth. I would be concerned that a totally hand-stitched binding would not be strong enough to withstand washing on any sort of regular basis. If it is a wall quilt, I would be okay with it.

Have fun, whatever you decide to do!

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Posted: 1/31/2013 7:01:15 PM

You can certainly hand stitch the whole binding, but it is not a time saving technique


I guess maybe time saving wasn't the phrase I was looking for. I was more thinking along the lines that if I could do it by hand, I could do it a few minutes here and there and actually get something done versus getting nothing done. KWIM?

Kim, thank you for the detailed description. It makes perfect sense to me. I have only machine quilted bindings. I'll have to play around with hand stitching.


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