Binding by Machine
Susan Brittingham

Step 1: Stitch a single layer binding strip to the edge of your quilt. The width of the strip is 4 times the finished binding width plus 1/4". The width of the seam allowance, from the raw edge of the quilt to the stitching line, will be equal to the finished width of your binding. Stitch up to the corner, stopping and backstitching one binding's width from the corner.

First fold: Make a 45 degree fold at the corner so that the loose binding strip forms a straight line with the next edge of the quilt.

Second fold: Fold the binding strip down so that it follows the edge of the next quilt and forms a 90 degree fold at the previous edge.

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Step 2: Fold over the raw edge of the binding to meet the raw edge of the quilt, or at least 1/4".  It may be folded more in some places, less in others. Your goal is to make the binding look even on both the front and the back AND for the folded edge to cover the previous stitching when folded to the back.

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Step 3: Pin in the ditch from the right side. This is the most important part!

Make sure to pin the binding very thoroughly so that it covers the edge of the quilt when folded to the back. On the back the folded edge extends just slightly past the seam which joins the strip to the front.  Pin the binding around the edge, pinning parallel to the edge in the ditch from the front, as in the photo below.  

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If the pins catch the folded edge on the back, then I can assume that when I stitch in the ditch to finish,  the stitching will also catch the binding.  Notice the pins on the back side in the photo below. The pins all grab the folded edge, so you know that when you stich in the ditch, the fabric will be caught in the stitching on the wrong side.

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Step 4: Stitch in the ditch from the right side, removing the pins just before you reach them.

Unfilled Piping

The picture below has a thin strip of contrast fabric sandwiched between the border and the binding.  This is quite easy to do.  You need to know how wide you want your binding and how much of the contrast strip you wish to show.

Length of strip: As long as the side to which you are adding it. 

Width of strip: Cut a strip of fabric double the (width of your binding plus the amount you want to show).  In the example, my binding was 3/8" wide, and I want 1/8" to show, so I cut my strip 1" wide ( 3/8" x 2)  + (1/8" x 2).

Fold the strip in half length-wise.  Pin or baste the strip along each edge, with the fold toward the center of your quilt.  Do not try to miter the corners of the contrast strip, just let one side overlap another.  Baste only in the seam allowance. Add binding as normal.  The result will be about a 1/8" contrasting strip left showing when the binding is finished.

Learn more tips and techniques by taking Susan's Classes at Academy of Quilting www.


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