Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quilt Binding - by Machine


So I've been wanting to try binding quilts with my machine, instead of by hand. A queen sized quilt can take me 10-12 hours of hand stitching to get that binding done, but machine binding is so much faster! Rita over at Red Pepper Quilts does most (if not all) of her quilts this way, and so I thought, hey, why not atleast try it? Click on her link and it will take you directly her to binding tutorial.

So I did. And it was quite successful! I finished the binding on two stroller sized quilts (about 17" x 21") in 30 minutes, including pinning! I placed a quilting pin ever 3-4" to keep it nice and flat, and voila! Really not hard! I'd suggest you try it... unless you enjoy hand binding... which I used to... but with an almost 6mo old... my time is limited! Now off you go! Let me know if you have or will try it!

I still think hand binding is superior to machine binding, but I'm old school. I consider it the "proper" way to finish a quilt... but if I just need to getRdone, I'm all for it~

10 comments:

Anja said...

Yes, hand binding is superb, but when I do the binding on wallhangings, I prefer binding by machine (´cause the backside isn´t that interesting anyway). But on Quilts I really try to do it by hand everytime (except the backside is made of Minkee, I´ll get lost on this!).
Your machinebinding looks really good!

Elena said...

I'm a lazy bones and have no patience for hand binding. I've never tried Red Pepper's way, but I usually attach to the back, then turn to the front and machine stitch it down. I'm still working on how to make the back turn out prettier, though.

Brighton Breezy said...

hmmmm ... tricky one ... I actually like the whole process of handbinding: I get to revisit my quilt inch by inch ... but then I only make small ones!

I can see that machine binding is really useful for all you quilters out there making huge quilts and also for those making commercially, but no ... hand binding for me every time ... (never say never ... heh heh heh )

Stephanie said...

I use to only machine bind, but then attempted hand binding and never looked back. Well I did once this year machine bind due to time restrictions as well. It does come in handy when you just don't have the time. And I really think no one else really notices (those that don't sew).

Laura said...

i heart this post, so very much. and agree with the sentiment. will be sure to check out rita's post... thanks!

ps can you believe it's been 6months?! my ellies a 'dainty' lil thing-- only 13lb 7oz! .... how bout eli?

Mary said...

Thanks for the post and link for machine binding. I also bind by hand...old school as well...but am curious about machine binding. I am wondering if you used an edging foot? Looks good!

Cristin said...

Laura, Eli is almost 6 months and over 17lbs! He's a healthy boy :-)

Mary, I just used a regular old walking foot. I don't think I have an 'edging' foot... unless thats the same as a zipper foot.

Becca-Lou said...

Thanks for the direction and tip. I've usually machine stitched one side and then hand stitched the other with practically bleeding fingers by the end of even a small quilt, will definitely give this a try with the next one.

randi---i have to say said...

thanks for the link! i am working on a quilt now that i am already feeling ready to be done with, and i haven't even started quilting it yet. i should try this for the binding, for sure!

Larissa said...

I do both, depending on time. I agree that people who don't sew never notice the difference.

Your little guy is beautiful - wish i had a blog when mine were that little.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog - you have a wonderful space here. I totally enjoyed the photos of your sisters wedding - the happiest, most fun photos ever.