Monday, March 16, 2020

MACHINE BINDING

Over the last few months I have been busy making table runners and placemats for my quilt guild's boutique booth at our quilt show coming up in January 2021.  I made about 50 table runner late last year and now have been adding a few more to that.  Sewing binding by hand just didn't seem reasonable, so originally I sewed them down by machine in the ditch.  That takes a lot of ver precise sewing and it was a slow process.  So just recently I decided on a faster way that still looks nice.  And it seems to really work well. 


The front of the runners have this nice straight line that looks nice.  
The back of the binding also looks nice too.

And even the corners came out nicely.
And the trick is this little baby.  I have a Bernina and this #10 foot labeled edge stitcher works great.  I just run that middle blade down the ditch on the front of the runner and move my needle over two or three clicks.  I pin my bindings down from the front and within just 5 minutes I and done.  I do know that the feet are called several different names.  There are feet called Overcast or Blindstitch that are very similar and can be used.  My Janome didn't have one so I was able to find one on Madam Sew on the internet.  They have every foot you could want and more and adapters that fit most machines.  
Now I know that binding this way is not the thing for a nice quilt, but for runners and placemats that get washed a good deal it does work well.  
For those fans of my daughters peacocks.  This is a picture of her front porch and notice the  peacocks that seem to think they are gargoyles.  My other daughter arrived at the house and couldn't help but laugh at them and said they reminded her of gargoyles on ancient building in Europe, and snapped a photo of them.  

15 comments:

  1. Hi Donnalee! WOWEE - what a beautiful front door and ceiling on the covering. I couldn't even see the peacocks for enjoying the wood. That trick looks great on the binding - nice and neat. I'll have to look at my feet to see if I have anything similar. Thanks for linking up this week. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. Love the peacocks. What a lovely thing to come home to.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

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  3. She has peacocks?! That is amazing!

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  4. That's a great way to do bindings. I use it for baby quilts and wallhangings too. I have a Janome and use a Flat Fell foot. Wow! Love the colorful "gargoyles" at your daughter's house!

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  5. Great idea for the bindings! And those peacocks - something else!

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  6. Your binding looks great and, as you said, it is very practical for placements & tablerunners. I use the ditch walking foot too when ditch stitching. Easier on the eyes! Loved the picture of the peacocks ... funny!

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  7. Gargoyles!! Yes! Nice job on the machine binding.

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  8. Great binding, and those peacocks are so fun!

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  9. Slick trick for PERFECT binding every time!!

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  10. That is a great way to do binding for a finished look! the other thing that I do is stitch it to the back first, then turn it to the front and do a fun decorative stitch on it... Easy peasy! Congrats on getting SO many done!! and the peacocks- that is just perfect!!

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  11. Great binding too and those peacocks are amazing!

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  12. Will see if I have a foot that does the same thing, or better yet, that foot. I think the peacocks are feeling left out. They just want to see what is going on inside. They would make spectacular gargoyles though.

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  13. Your binding is perfect! Looks like that for did the trick. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  14. Bindings are not my strong suit but yours looks great. Gonna go shopping for that foot. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

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