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Machine Minute - Better Binding

Jennifer demonstrates an easy way to add binding to your quilt without having to cut binding on the bias!

Hi, I'm Jennifer, here with another Machine Minute brought to
you by Baby Lock and the Crescendo machine. Now, I'm
going to tell you something that might sound a little
controversial: I love binding. That's right, I love binding! It's
my favorite part of the quilt-making process. Maybe it's because
I get to hold that finished quilt at the end,
but I really do enjoy it. So let me show
you the trick to turning corners when it comes to
putting your binding on by machine. I like this method
because I don't have to cut any of my binding
on the bias. I can make the most of my
fabric, cut it on the straight grain. I have no
curves. I'm not trying to bend it around the corners
and make them come out square. This method will work
every time and it really is simple. Let me show
you how. Now I've prepared my binding, I've folded it
in half at the double-fold binding, and I've got it
placed against the quilt top. I like to sew with
the quarter inch foot in place because I want a
quarter inch of the binding to show on my quilt
top when I finish it. So I start a couple
inches in from my binding and I just sew along
the edge. Now I like to begin my binding on
the side of my quilt rather than the top or
bottom and I try to never put it in the
middle, I think it's less noticeable where it joins together
if you set it off from the middle or the
center where your eye often goes when you're looking at
a quilt. So I'll come to the corner and I'm
going to stop a quarter inch from the edge. And
when I do, I'll put my needle up and my
presser foot up and then I'll pull the quilt out
from under the needle. Now this is where some people
get a little nervous. I have my threads still attached.
I haven't cut them, but I'm going to make that
mitered corner, and the way I do that is first
turning the quilt so its parallel to the needle. This
is the edge I'm going to sew on next. I
take my binding, and I flip it up. Here when
I flip it up, I want the binding edge and
my quilt edge to be the same one long straight
edge, so once I get it folded up so that
edge is all the same I'll finger press a crease
right there and I'll take my binding and fold it
back down holding that finger press in place with my
left hand. And here when I fold it down I
just want the creased edge here to be parallel to
this side, so when I pull that down in place
and just hold it with my fingers what I've really
got is a little triangle of fabric right there at
the corner. Hold it down and go back under the
needle and just push those threads out of the way.
I'm going to start sewing again right on the edge,
put my presser foot down and needle down and begin
sewing again. Let me show you again as we get
to the next corner. I'm going to sew all the
way up until I'm about a quarter inch away from
the edge, raise my needle and raise my presser foot,
turn the quilt so that the next edge I'm going
to sew the binding on is parallel to the needle,
then I'll take my binding strip and fold it up.
Here's the part again where I'm going to make a
finger pressed crease and you can see that the line
goes straight here from the binding to the quilt edge.
It's all straight. That's where I'll get a nice miter
when I turn it back. So I finger pressed that
diagonal there, then I hold it with my left hand
and bring it back down with my right. Here I'm
aligning these edges and at the top edge where the
crease is in the binding or the fold I just
want to be sure it's parallel with the top edge.
So again what I have then is a little triangle
that is formed by how I folded the binding up
by taking that strip up finger pressing it and folding
back down. That's how I create that little extra fabric.
So I'm ready then to again slide it back under
the needle, keep those threads out of the way (I
haven't cut them) and again lower my presser foot, lower
my needle, and I'm ready to begin sewing down that
edge. So when you're ready to turn your binding, what
you'll do then is you'll have that little triangle of
fabric there, simply fold back or turn back the one
side of your binding. You have a nice quarter inch
binding and right here you can see you have that
little miter, that's caused by the way you flipped up
the binding and folded it back down. And what you'll
end up with when you turn that back is a
beautifully mitered corner on the front of your work right
there and its nice and square and on the back
side of your work you'll also end up with a
nice miter where things will match up, so it's a
great way to get nice sharp corners on your quilt
without having to cut bias binding. I hope seeing this
binding corner technique in action has given you the emphasis
to try it yourself. I'm confident you'll have nice corners
in no time.


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