Binding by Machine (part 2)
How to join your binding by machine to both sides of your quilt!
So now that you have made a nice long strip of fabric that is now pressed in half – and long enough to go all the way around your quilt plus some we can start to add the binding. again this is a picture heavy post – 🙂
My binding strip will look like this
I am going to start by attaching the binding strip to the BACK of my quilt. I am going to start joining my binging strip to the MIDDLE if one side of the quilt.
Leaving a 12″ tail (or there abouts) NOTE: this is a very small square that I am attaching binding to so go with the words – the pictures are as an example
Line your binding up with the edge of your quilt. I pin the binding on as I go – it makes the sewing part go nice and quick!
Now when I get to the corner I take binding all the way to the right … then I flip the fabric UP –
Making sure that a 45 degree angle is created – see the picture below
Then making sure that I keep the corner in place I flip the fabric down to line up with the next edge of the fabric.
This fabric flap will be created. This is what will make the mitered corner on the flip side.
Again, use your pins to make sure that your fabric stays in place. Keep the flap laying flat at this stage.
you do this for all four corners till they are all pinned. then you have two long ‘tag’ ends that we will join – in the same angle join that we did for the strips – once we have sewn the binding thus far.
Move your needle point to a right position to reduce the seam.
We start about 1/4 inch from the top edge. Note: I use my walking foot on both sides for my binding.
As you come to the end DON”T stitch down the corner flap. Flip the flap up and stop stitching about 1/4″ from the end.
Lay the flap back down to start the next side – again starting 1/4″ in.
Do this for each corner.
Now it is time to join the flaps.
Trim ONE end of the fabric – using the bit you have trimmed off – lay it on the other tail – you need to have an overlap the WIDTH of your binding. (I used the selvedge to show you in the image below)
without twisting your fabric – Open the fabric from the LEFT side and lay it right side up – with the fabric OPEN.
Then OPEN the fabric from the right – lay it right side DOWN at a 90 degree angle to the first strip – just as you did in joining your strips. This can be a little fiddly but it is VERY worth it. Pin these two together. You then stitch from the top left to the bottom right where the fabrics cross. You trim the corner off and press the seams open.
then fold back in half – and stitch.
Once stitched press the fabric away from the back
flip it all over
and press and pin
adjust your needle position to the far LEFT
Leave your needle down at the corners – lift your foot and pivot.
By moving your needle and sewing as accurately as you can – you will end up with a stitching line on the front close to the edge and it will be stitched onto the backing fabric not on the binding.
Sorry this post was so long and picture heavy – but maybe one day it will help a beginner out!