And use the FIX function to anchor the start of the seam. Then there’s no mistaking what the width of the binding measurement is. TIP As you’re sewing that binding on, give the binding a bit of a tug all the way around. Before you can sew on the binding, you need to gather up the supplies. Welcome back! Unfold the binding and lay it right side down on your quilt front with raw edges aligned. Pin the seam to join the two ends of the binding. There are way fewer vibrations, even at high speed than with other machines. Begin stitching your binding to the quilt about 10″ to 12″ away from the start of your binding. See all our, 9 steps to making continuous bias binding, Stitching down the binding: thread color, stitches and stitch length. Use a walking foot if you find that the binding is scooting as you sew. It’s not a difficult process, but I’ve included over 20 pictures below in an attempt to be clear and thorough. In the picture below, you can see that most of the quilt is on the extra table that I set up which is BESIDE me and not directly on the left of the sewing machine. But now you have a little boxy flap of binding in the corner. Better handling of the quilt will help to give a smoother seam allowance which will give a more even binding on the front. So PIN where you’re going to stitch. You need to figure out what seam allowance will work for you. I have pictures to show you in tomorrow’s post which shows you exactly what I mean. Sew the them together on a 45° angle across the diagonal. Now if you’re going to hand stitch that binding, you’re finished with the sewing machine, but if you’re going to sew the next step by sewing machine, then be sure to come back tomorrow. Continue around the quilt until you’re about 12″ away from where you started. Sometimes also called “birthing” a quilt. Large work area to the right of the needle makes for easier quilting. The top fold should be parallel or slightly less to the edge of the quilt. Today, we’re only sewing the binding to the quilt on the one side. Press in place. Use your quilting glove to assist in maneuvering the quilt. Check the quilt is right-angled. Start in a corner with a square ruler when trimming a quilt. TIP Do NOT leave extra binding here. Preparing a Quilt for Binding by Machine. TIP PIN the seam line. While some people sew the binding on before they trim a quilt, I like to trim my quilt and then put the binding on. Once all of the strips are connected, trim the excess fabric so each seam is a ¼". I start by trimming a corner and using a large square ruler, I tug the backing and batting to get the quilt corner square under the ruler and then trim up the right side of the ruler and across the top. With all the work you’ve done so far, I can pretty much guarantee that this will be cake. The FIX light on the Function Panel indicates that this feature is engaged. Not all projects need dense quilting. I also want my binding to be filled with the quilt. If you leave more here, you’ll get a bulky corner that doesn’t look pretty. I’ve been playing with all kinds of stitches and threads and of course, the Husqvarna Viking Epic 980Q and I think you’re going to be impressed. End your line of stitching 1 ⁄ 4 in from the first corner of the quilt. There’s no stitching along the edges of this table runner to secure the three layers together. Here’s a picture of the quilting I did on the table runner. More space means less time fussing and arranging the quilt as you work. Sew a Continuous Binding Strip. In the last couple of days I talked about several options on how to cut fabric to make the binding. Pay close attention to this next step. Privacy Policy - Contact us Copyright © 2021 A Needle Pulling Thread. Really a big help. Use the Needle Stop Up/Down so that when you stop sewing, the needle stays in your quilt and helps to hold it in place. I haven’t figured out what the advantage of doing it the other way is, but I’m comfortable with trimming first. Then, eliminate the extra backing. These stitches are much more obvious and are visible on both the front and the back of the quilt. TIP Intentionally wavy lines are way easier to stitch than straight lines. Quilt … Then, I’ll press that last seam open, give the binding a little press at the seam so the fold is nicely pressed and go back to the sewing machine to finish sewing that binding to the quilt. The joins are all done using the same method. That curved front edge will help the binding glide more easily under the Dual Feed foot. So, place your quilt sandwich (quilt, mug rug, potholder, etc) with the back side facing up. Use the end of the actual binding to measure the overlap and then trim with scissors. You can see in the photo above, that there’s a large white selvage. Blocks: a piece of fabric made from sewing 9 squares together. Let’s just say that that table runner was quilted in a very short time. TIP I set up a table to help support the quilt. In the table runner above, the quilting comes right out to the edges and are sewn in regular intervals on the quilt. No need to get picky as this stitching won’t ever be seen. Time to get out that bundle of binding that you made yesterday and we need some thread. It’s time to start sewing the binding onto the quilt. Sewing with a wider seam will chop off important design elements. That fold at the top should be parallel or just slightly less than the edge of the quilt. If you only take ONE thing away from the blog posts this week, this should be it. So if you’re going to stitch the binding down by hand, this will work for you. Before binding your quilt, make a quilt sandwich (we show you how here), compete your desired quilting and then remove any tacking or pins and deal with thread ends by burying them in the batting. Well, we’re going to take the tail on the right (looking at the BACK of the quilt) and place it face up. This cutting method won’t work if your quilt has curved edges. Elaine Theriault is a teacher, writer and pattern designer who is completely obsessed with quilting. For example, if you’ve cut binding strips 21⁄2in wide, this will become 11⁄4in once folded. Keep on with the process until you sew the whole binding. I start with that corner, so I don’t forget to insert the label as I’m stitching. Use a ruler to measure the overlap and scissors to trim the excess away. Then I place a long ruler parallel to the edge of the quilt and extending back over the part that has already been trimmed to ensure the trimmed edges will be straight. When you get closer to a corner, stop stitching about 4” away from the edge. That’s enough to secure the edges so they don’t shift while the binding get stitched on. Very great info some I new some I didn’t tyty will s3nd my friends here to help them. I find your articles so informative. From the batting and backing, make a stitch. The first technique (demonstrated in the video) uses a whip stitch to hand-sew the folded part of the binding to the quilt. I like the small label to be on the left-hand side of the quilt as you look at the front. If you’re stitching it down with the sewing machine, then you want to stitch the binding onto the BACK of the quilt. But I’ll investigate that other method so when I’m back, I can let you know what I found out. The final join is done and there’s no guesswork, no extra bulk, and NO ONE will be able to tell which of your joins was the first one or the last one. I like to use 2½” strips. Backstitch a few stitches to secure. If you are pressed for time or are mass-producing quilts, this will be the better option. On the quilt below, the edges were serged to secure the three layers together. I should mention that not only the speed of the Epic 980Q makes attached a binding a very fast task, but there’s a lot of power in this sewing machine. At this stage, it doesn’t matter what color of thread you use. I use whatever bits happen to be left on my bobbins. Remember we chatted about the width of strips to cut for binding. The extra table is a blessing. The extension table is a must if you’re going to do any machine quilting. Stitch the binding to the front of the quilt, just inside the folded edge. The steps to quilt binding by machine: 1. Does the quilt fill the binding and still cover the seam that was used to do the first line of stitching? 1. If you still have a selvage on the beginning tail, trim that away with scissors. As easy as that, the binding is on the quilt. 11⁄4in minus 1⁄8in divided by 3 = 3⁄8in. This took no time at all to quilt. (Reminder: clip binding to quilt, sew the binding, stop sewing 1/4 inch from the end, clip thread, make your corners, start over) Stop sewing and backstitch when you’re about 8-10 inches from your starting point. Now the two tails overlap each other by the width of the binding. Remove the quilt from the sewing machine and overlap the ending tail onto the tail that you left at the beginning of the binding seam. In the table runner below, which was quilted on the long arm, you can see there’s a basting stitch that runs around the perimeter of the quilt. Unfortunately many quilters think quilt binding must be finished by hand. Binding a quilt with the quilt back (Cluck Cluck Sew) […] Two Types of Quilt Binding | Life + One Degree - October 17, 2016 For those of you who want to know how to do this, a tutorial I came across that I found the most useful for a mitered finish was on Cluck Cluck Sew. This is the simplest way to finish your quilt. Sew in place using a straight stitch – don’t use anything too tight and small as this may cause your fabric to pull and wrinkle. The second technique uses a sewing machine to tack down the binding. Remember back on day one, I talked about consistency in joining the strips? I needed to trim my quilted items before I could bind them and I thought I’d share how I do that in preparation for sewing on the binding. When machine sewing binding to your machine, shift your needle position so it’s 1⁄3 of the folded binding strip minus 1⁄8in. This process looks cleaner because the finishing stitches are invisible. Fold the top binding section down over the quilt’s edge, forming a neat miter in the corner. The worst is that it’s pulling the quilt which can cause broken needles, an uneven seam and lots of other issues. The edges of this quilt are slightly wavy. Double-fold binding is cut six times the desired finished binding width plus 1⁄4" to allow for turn of cloth (the fabric take-up resulting from folding and wrapping binding around the quilt edge). Open density quilting with easy wavy lines of stitching. So today, we’re sewing the binding onto a quilt using some of the amazing features of the Husqvarna Viking Epic 980Q to make this job super easy. Cut three inch strips of fabric until you have enough to go around the perimeter of your quilt. I am not going to give directions for machine binding, as there are so many out there, my favorite is Allison’s at Cluck Cluck Sew. The edges of the table runner have now been secured with an overcast stitch. Self-Binding Quilt Tutorial Self Binding means: Bring the quilt backing to the front and using it as your binding, I am bring this over from The Quilt Ladies, this post is used and asked for all the time, Thank you for that. But your binding might make all that hard work go unnoticed! Take your quilt to the machine and begin stitching your seam. I like to use a small label inserted into the bindings for my quilts, so I get one of those ready before I start stitching. Completely pin the binding in place around the edge of your project. If I’m using a ⅜” seam allowance, then I stop ⅜” from the bottom of the quilt and I use the FIX function to anchor the seam. Thanks for your efforts, to all of the team who post. Fold the binding over your corner on that edge first, then fold the other edge over. To sew a curved corner, you don’t have to do anything special. Fold the binding up at a 45 degree angle. Then take the tail on the left and place it at right angles and face down to the beginning tail. Starting ¼ inch away from the corner of the quilt and using a ¼ inch seam allowance, stitch your binding to the quilt. We’re FINALLY back in business with the last part in our 5-Part quilting series, How to Make A Quilt for Beginners, and we’re going to finish off the series and your quilt with binding. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the binding onto the quilt, stopping 1/4″ before the corner of … Binding: the edging of a quilt - it encases the raw edges. Our goal is also to keep viewers abreast of new quilting products, and how to use them effectively to make quilting easier and enjoyable. I used the “baste” sewing technique from the JoyOS Advisor on the Epic 980Q and all the settings were chosen for me! To make binding that will bend around curves, you will need to cut the binding strips along the bias of the fabric. Just a few days ago I received this comment on my original post: … Continue reading "Self-binding a Quilt Tutorial" Otherwise, you’re tossing and turning that quilt and it’s falling all over the place. Using a rotary cutter, cutting mat and a ruler, cut 2 ¼" strips of fabric. Fold the quilt binding wrong sides together and clip or pin to the raw edge of the quilt. If the edges of your quilt are not secure, it’s a good idea to finish them off. No binding (pillowcase method). The edges of the table runner have been secured in place by basting during the quilting process. Lay the pinned binding out BEFORE you sew. That’s enough to secure the edges so they don’t shift while the binding get stitched on. You can start wherever you would like, but NOT at a corner. Give your binding a bit of a tug as you apply it to help prevent wavy edges. Instead of applying a binding, you simply sew around the edges of the quilt sandwich as if it were a giant pillowcase, leaving an opening on one … Sew to the end of the quilt, stopping at whatever distance away from the corner by the width of the seam allowance. In the example below, I used the three-step zigzag on the Epic 980Q to secure the long edges of the table runner. And here, when I have to fold in the ends, there’s so much space. If you’re hand stitching the folded edge of the binding in place, then you want to be stitching the binding onto the FRONT of the quilt. Sewing the binding on the quilt is the last step of the quilting process. Or you could twist the very end of the binding around and use that as the guide. Elaine’s Tech Tips column (originally published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine) is now available online in e-book format at QUILTsocial.com. The quilt below was quilted on the Epic 980Q and while the ends of the table runner are well secured as the quilting ran right off the ends, the sides have no quilting that comes to the edges. QUILTsocial was created for all quilters, beginners and experts alike, to empower them with the skills, techniques, and creativity required to make quilts that will be cherished forever. In this case, there’s no extra hanging over the ends. In order to present you with ideas and options for the remainder of the week, I had to get my act together and finish quilting a few items. This will make a nice, uniform appearance on both the front and the back. Then, fold the strip down in the new direction you will be sewing so that the folded edge of the binding is even with the edge of the quilt. You know what they say, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. (Using the example above, you would need to cut 7 strips of fabric.). The two ends of binding are overlapping each other by the width of the binding. Just make sure the edge you are trimming is flat and not falling off the cutting table which can distort the edges. Sorry for such a long post. Then trim. If so, you know you have the right seam allowance. This will help prevent a wonky seam allowance. You want to use the FIX function at the corners to help anchor the ends of the seams. FREE PDF download is available for a limited time only. This would make it difficult to stitch the binding on without some sort of shifting or tucks on the front. That means I’ll need to take a wee bit wider seam allowance (a GENEROUS ¼”) than I’m used to in order to get the same width of binding on the front as I do on the back. Using a long ruler to trim the edges of a quilt. The Needle Stop Up/Down light on the Function Panel indicates this feature is engaged. Fold the binding over. Slowly continue stitching until your needle goes through both corner pieces. Then open the binding up so you can see if you’ve got it correctly before you sew. It is the second step that allows for a couple options. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. It makes it a lot easier to sew the binding on if the edges of the quilt are secure. You can see that the binding looks great as I have pinned it. 6. Start in an inconspicuous place on the side or bottom of the quilt. Step 7: Stitch the Binding on the Front. Press the seam open. The fold should line up perfectly with the corner of the quilt. Project ideas for using leftover fabric applique pieces! If you just let the binding guide itself, you will get “extra” binding that you don’t need and there’s a good chance that the edge of your quilt will be wavy. The Epic 980Q has no issues going through many layers especially at the corners. Now you want to trim the ending tail so that it overlaps the beginning tail by the WIDTH of your binding. Sew the Binding to the Back Side of the Quilt First, trim off extra batting and backing and square up the quilt, if needed. Using a guide on the Dual Feed foot to get the appropriate seam allowance. TIP Sew about 8 – 10″ of the binding and remove it from the sewing machine. Bias-tape: strips of fabric used to bind the edges of a quilt. Binding Your Quilt – Quilting for Beginners Part 5. Turn the quilt and fold the binding at the corner. You want to attach the Dual Feed foot. [shareaholic app=”follow_buttons” id=”23735596″]. And I use the changeable dual feed 1/4″ guide food to sew on the binding. I realize this is only a table runner, but imagine what it would be like to quilt a larger quilt! To work around the corner of the quilt with the binding, turn the quilt and fold the binding up and away from the edge you have been sewing. Click here for supplies: http://missouriquiltco.com Jenny Doan demonstrates how to bind a quilt with a sewing machine. You could have done it all right from start to finish: getting straight cuts, squaring up each block, snipping every thread, and pressing every seam perfectly. A sewing machine will … Lay the binding “north” of the quilt, keeping the raw edges parallel. You can use a ruler to measure the overlap and scissors to cut it. I was zipping along at a very fast pace with the Dual Feed Foot. It helps to keep the quilt as flat as possible when doing this step, but most of us don’t have a space large enough to do that. 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