This year I decided to make some holiday placements. There are so many fun and modern holiday prints and I found one with owls that I thought was just the ticket. Its got lime green, turquoise and red colors, which are all my favorites. I decided to use a red fabric for the flip side that can be used for Valentine's. So two holiday seasons worth of placements!
I've written this blog about the machine binding for these placements. I made 8 of them, 14" x 20", which meant that I needed 45 ft of binding. The thought of handing stitching down this much binding on the back side just wasn't appealing. So I thought about and remembered a technique that one of my fellow Clark County Quilters uses on all of her quit bindings. It uses two passes with the machine. One to attach the binding and the second one to finish to top.
|Finished binding on the top|
|Finished binding on the back|
|1/4" seam sewn on the back side|
The binding was then flipped to the front, and the corners were all pinned in place.
|Corners pinned in place|
The stitch that I used was on the Bernina 440, and is #45. I reset the stitch to 2.9 W, 2.7 L, and hit the reverse key. Here is the screen showing the stitch.
|The alignment of the walking foot|
I used the walking foot due to the bulk of the seams and lined up the outer edge of the binding with the inner edge of the foot. This put the seam right inside the edge of the binding and pretty close to right on top of the seam underneath.
|Alignment of the binding on top of the seam|
I hope you can use the machine binding technique.
I hope to get better at this technique because like you sometimes I'm just not "in" for sewing many feet of binding!! Yours looks great!!--TerryReplyDelete
I so want to improve my machine bindings. I don't do many quilts that warrant all the hand sewing, most are utilitary. Thanks for the tips!ReplyDelete