Lay the pinned binding out BEFORE you sew. With all the work you’ve done so far, I can pretty much guarantee that this will be cake. The seam allowance used to attach the binding should be equal to the desired finished width of your binding. If it doesn’t, then you need to adjust the seam allowance. Once all of the strips are connected, trim the excess fabric so each seam is a ¼". Nothing is worse than a wonky corner on your binding. 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. Slowly continue stitching until your needle goes through both corner pieces. 3. Piecing: sewing together pieces of fabric to form the top layer of the quilt, typically done in blocks. Using a guide on the Dual Feed foot to get the appropriate seam allowance. Elaine Theriault is a teacher, writer and pattern designer who is completely obsessed with quilting. These stitches are much more obvious and are visible on both the front and the back of the quilt. [shareaholic app=”follow_buttons” id=”23735596″]. You need to figure out what seam allowance will work for you. I’ve heard too many times from quilters that their binding got twisted or they sewed the seam in the wrong direction. Well, we’re going to take the tail on the right (looking at the BACK of the quilt) and place it face up. Thanks for the information. 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 raw edge of the binding should stay in line with the raw edge of the quilt. 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. 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. (Look at the picture below.) Don’t forget to use the extension table as well when applying binding. The fold should line up perfectly with the corner of the quilt. In my case, the overlap will equal 2½”. Unfortunately many quilters think quilt binding must be finished by hand. Large work area to the right of the needle makes for easier quilting. 1. I realize this is only a table runner, but imagine what it would be like to quilt a larger quilt! When you get to the final side, stop about 6 inches from the beginning stitching. It should come through the backing. Learn how your comment data is processed. Before we dive into the binding section, I have a couple of notes about quilting on the Epic 980Q. Lay the binding strip on the outside edge of the quilt’s back side, aligning its raw edges with the quilt edge. TIP I set up a table to help support the quilt. And here, when I have to fold in the ends, there’s so much space. Place the binding along the right edge (with the fold placed towards the center of the sandwich): Start sewing the binding close to the bottom edge of the potholder, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. If you’re stitching it down with the sewing machine, then you want to stitch the binding onto the BACK of the quilt. 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. TIP Sew about 8 – 10″ of the binding and remove it from the sewing machine. TIP As you’re sewing that binding on, give the binding a bit of a tug all the way around. Press the strips in half so that the right side of the fabric stays on the outside. Use your quilting glove to assist in maneuvering the quilt. Overlap the beginning tail of binding with the ending tail of binding. Privacy Policy - Contact us Copyright © 2021 A Needle Pulling Thread. So, place your quilt sandwich (quilt, mug rug, potholder, etc) with the back side facing up. The two ends of binding are overlapping each other by the width of the binding. Trim the binding ¼â€ from the stitched line. Completely pin the binding in place around the edge of your project. Then there’s no mistaking what the width of the binding measurement is. I was zipping along at a very fast pace with the Dual Feed Foot. You want to use the FIX function at the corners to help anchor the ends of the seams. Making beautiful borders with your walking foot. Turn the quilt and fold the binding at the corner. 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. Using strip sets to make quick and easy quilt blocks. TIP Do NOT leave extra binding here. 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. Don’t forget to tug up or down to line up the quilt properly. Use the seam allowance you chose when you made the quilt binding. Remember we chatted about the width of strips to cut for binding. And I use the changeable dual feed 1/4″ guide food to sew on the binding. If you leave more here, you’ll get a bulky corner that doesn’t look pretty. This took no time at all to quilt. But I’ll investigate that other method so when I’m back, I can let you know what I found out. Remember back on day one, I talked about consistency in joining the strips? This is absolutely critical. From the batting and backing, make a stitch. This will help prevent a wonky seam allowance. 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. In the table runner above, the quilting comes right out to the edges and are sewn in regular intervals on the quilt. No binding (pillowcase method). Choose a spot to start stitching the binding on, but not a corner. This process looks cleaner because the finishing stitches are invisible. At this stage, it doesn’t matter what color of thread you use. You want to attach the Dual Feed foot. To make binding that will bend around curves, you will need to cut the binding strips along the bias of the fabric. The joins are all done using the same method. Very great info some I new some I didn’t tyty will s3nd my friends here to help them. Quilt … Fold the quilt binding wrong sides together and clip or pin to the raw edge of the quilt. I use whatever bits happen to be left on my bobbins. This may not look as nice as the first option, but it is much faster. Fold the binding down so that the raw edge of the binding is still parallel to the raw edge of the quilt. No need to get picky as this stitching won’t ever be seen. It makes it a lot easier to sew the binding on if the edges of the quilt are secure. Binding can make or break your quilt. I start with that corner, so I don’t forget to insert the label as I’m stitching. Start in a corner with a square ruler when trimming a quilt. When machine sewing binding to your machine, shift your needle position so it’s 1⁄3 of the folded binding strip minus 1⁄8in. The extension table is a must if you’re going to do any machine quilting. The Needle Stop Up/Down light on the Function Panel indicates this feature is engaged. You might even wish you had sewn your binding to the back of your quilt so you could stitch it by machine. When not quilting, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Lexi and Murphy, or can be found cycling across the country. Continue around the quilt, using the large square in each corner and the long ruler along the sides and top and bottom. This one is definitely stable enough and doesn’t need any further work before the binding goes on. This is very important and will help to prevent wavy edges on your quilt. There are some useful functions on the Epic 980Q to make the task of sewing a binding on much easier. This will make a nice, uniform appearance on both the front and the back. Sewing the binding on the quilt is the last step of the quilting process. Begin stitching your binding to the quilt about 10″ to 12″ away from the start of your binding. Stop ¼ inch away from the next corner and repeat these steps for all four corners. 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. It’s not a difficult process, but I’ve included over 20 pictures below in an attempt to be clear and thorough. Starting ¼ inch away from the corner of the quilt and using a ¼ inch seam allowance, stitch your binding to the quilt. In the table runner above, the quilting comes right out to the edges and are sewn in regular intervals on the quilt. Press seams open with an iron. And the speed of the Epic 980Q is unbelievable. In the last couple of days I talked about several options on how to cut fabric to make the binding. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. If you’re going to stitch the binding down by machine, this is part one. This will give you a nice miter when you do the second part of stitching the binding to the quilt. Unfold the binding and lay it right side down on your quilt front with raw edges aligned. Click here for supplies: http://missouriquiltco.com Jenny Doan demonstrates how to bind a quilt with a sewing machine. 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. 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 like to use a small label inserted into the bindings for my quilts, so I get one of those ready before I start stitching. More space means less time fussing and arranging the quilt as you work. 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. Press the quilt sandwich and trim the edges so they are even with the quilt top all round. Sew the them together on a 45° angle across the diagonal. So if you’re going to stitch the binding down by hand, this will work for you. This cutting method won’t work if your quilt has curved edges. 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. 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. 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. It’s brilliant. 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. That fold at the top should be parallel or just slightly less than the edge of the quilt. Stitch the binding to the front of the quilt, just inside the folded edge. In this case, there’s no extra hanging over the ends. You’re going to need this room to attach the ends of your binding … Using a long ruler to trim the edges of a quilt. Prepping the quilt edges to sew the binding on It makes it a lot easier to sew the binding on if the edges of the quilt are secure. Binding Your Quilt – Quilting for Beginners Part 5. It is the second step that allows for a couple options. 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). Today, we’re only sewing the binding to the quilt on the one side. While some people sew the binding on before they trim a quilt, I like to trim my quilt and then put the binding on. Sewing mitered seams like this helps them blend into the fabric better and lessens bulky seams. A quick tap on the Presser Foot Up and Extra Lift function at the corner will raise the Dual Feed foot slightly higher so it’s easy to get all that bulk under the foot at the corner. Take your quilt to the machine and begin stitching your seam. Sew a Continuous Binding Strip. Check the quilt is right-angled. Preparing a Quilt for Binding by Machine. I used the “baste” sewing technique from the JoyOS Advisor on the Epic 980Q and all the settings were chosen for me! TIP Use your quilting glove (on the left hand) to help maneuver the quilt. Our goal is also to keep viewers abreast of new quilting products, and how to use them effectively to make quilting easier and enjoyable. This is the simplest way to finish your quilt. The Epic 980Q has no issues going through many layers especially at the corners. 40 = 6.4. Backstitch a few stitches to secure. You can see that in the picture below. Just make sure the edge you are trimming is flat and not falling off the cutting table which can distort the edges. Start sewing where you pinned, making a straight line through both layers of binding, making sure the right sides are together. Fold the binding over your corner on that edge first, then fold the other edge over. The top fold should be parallel or slightly less to the edge of the quilt. Based on our amazing quilty math skills, we know that we need 7 strips of fabric. Time to get out that bundle of binding that you made yesterday and we need some thread. FREE PDF download is available for a limited time only. Choose a Binding Width If the quilt doesn't have borders, a binding sewn to edges with a 1/4" seam is the best choice, since that width matches the 1/4" seam allowance that's built-in to the edge of most quilt blocks. Then, eliminate the extra backing. I really appreciate just how detailed all the tutorial are on quilt social. Again, do NOT start in a corner. I start by leaving a beginning tail of binding of about 6″. Binding: the edging of a quilt - it encases the raw edges. Does the quilt fill the binding and still cover the seam that was used to do the first line of stitching? It’s time to start sewing the binding onto the quilt. There are way fewer vibrations, even at high speed than with other machines. Her blog is crazyquilteronabike.blogspot.com. Large work area means you spend more time quilting and less time arranging your quilt. Then open the binding up so you can see if you’ve got it correctly before you sew. THE formula for calculating the necessary yardage for... 3 essential tips for binding a quilt, turning... 7 tips for successful applique every time! Press the seam open. Continue around the quilt until you’re about 12″ away from where you started. The steps to quilt binding by machine: 1. 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. How to Sew Binding on a Quilt With a Machine. And use the FIX function to anchor the start of the seam. To sew a curved corner, you don’t have to do anything special. (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. In the picture below, I’m in the middle of quilting a table runner. 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. Now you want to trim the ending tail so that it overlaps the beginning tail by the WIDTH of your binding. If so, you know you have the right seam allowance. I haven’t figured out what the advantage of doing it the other way is, but I’m comfortable with trimming first. Line your needle up with the first crease mark (the fold line that is closest to the raw edge of your quilt), and begin sewing about three inches down from the tail of your binding. Stop sewing before you reach the corner of the quilt, ending the seam the same distance from the approaching quilt edge as the width of the seam allowance. You need to sew the strips you’ve just cut into one long strip of binding that you will then sew all around the edge of the quilt. TIP Intentionally wavy lines are way easier to stitch than straight lines. Stop before the edge of the quilt and anchor the end of the seam. The FIX light on the Function Panel indicates that this feature is engaged. The edges of this quilt are slightly wavy. Press in place. But now you have a little boxy flap of binding in the corner. End your line of stitching 1 ⁄ 4 in from the first corner of the quilt. They’re fast and there’s no right or wrong. The first technique (demonstrated in the video) uses a whip stitch to hand-sew the folded part of the binding to the quilt. Here’s a picture of the quilting I did on the table runner. Sometimes also called “birthing” a quilt. Fold the binding over. Remove the quilt from the sewing machine and lay the binding “north” of the quilt, keeping the raw edges of the binding parallel with the raw edge of the quilt. I also want my binding to be filled with the quilt. Sew the quilt binding to the side of the quilt, leaving the beginning tail free. 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. This would make it difficult to stitch the binding on without some sort of shifting or tucks on the front. The worst is that it’s pulling the quilt which can cause broken needles, an uneven seam and lots of other issues. I like to use 2½” strips. In the example below, I used the three-step zigzag on the Epic 980Q to secure the long edges of the table runner. Elaine’s Tech Tips column (originally published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine) is now available online in e-book format at QUILTsocial.com. Finishing the Binding by Machine. See all our, 9 steps to making continuous bias binding, Stitching down the binding: thread color, stitches and stitch length. The first technique (demonstrated in the video) uses a whip stitch to hand-sew the folded part of the binding to the 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. Use the end of the actual binding to measure the overlap and then trim with scissors. I find it much easier to manipulate the quilt when I have my quilting glove on. Then trim. That curved front edge will help the binding glide more easily under the Dual Feed foot. Thanks for your efforts, to all of the team who post. Not all projects need dense quilting. I have pictures to show you in tomorrow’s post which shows you exactly what I mean. When you sew the binding in place, sew in the ditch of the fold, this way you can be sure that your stitching and binding will be accurate and neat. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Sewing with a wider seam will chop off important design elements. Dark thread for the top and bobbin to stitch on the brown binding. 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. Blocks: a piece of fabric made from sewing 9 squares together. Bias-tape: strips of fabric used to bind the edges of a quilt. Starting at the centre bottom of your quilt and following the traditional or seamed method (see below), attach the double-fold binding with raw edges aligned using a 1 ⁄ 4 in seam. You can see in the photo below that I’m using the right-hand side of that long opening in the Dual Feed foot as my guide. The extra table is a blessing. Use a ruler to measure the overlap and scissors to trim the excess away. You know what they say, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. 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. All rights reserved. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the binding onto the quilt, stopping 1/4″ before the corner of … Fold the binding up at a 45 degree angle. So PIN where you’re going to stitch. 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. 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