quilt binding

I posted this over at 'that other place' and want to share it with those of
you who don't go there. I've always loved the look of hand-stitched quilt
binding but this looks pretty good to me. What do you think?
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Polly
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Polly Esther
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I love doing machine bindings on kids and baby quilts. I figure they will last longer than my hand stitching. I've used different stitches as well as just a plain old straight stitch and they all look nice.
marcella
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Marcella Peek
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DItto for me -- kid quilts and baby quilts need that extra strength. I also have used different decorative stitches; the feather stitch is one of my favorites for this job.
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Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas 
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Sandy Foster
I do almost all my bindings completely by machine. I enjoy hand quilting and hand applique, but do not enjoy sewing binding down by hand. I use a variation of Sharon Schamber's method. I stitch the binding to the front of the quilt. Then I turn it to the back and glue it down with a fine line of Elmer's School Glue, making sure the folded edge covers the stitching line by a bit. I use my iron to "seal" the glue as I go. Then I turn it over and stitch in the ditch from the front. I don't use glue to baste it down on the top like Sharon does. The glue washes out, which isn't a problem for me, because I wash everything after I'm done. Unless you look carefully, you can't see on the top that it is done by machine. I think it is more sturdy for quilts that will be used and washed often.
Julia in MN
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Julia in MN
I most wholeheartedly am for anything that is done by machine rather than by hand. The only problem is that to make my machine do the stitch required I would have to mess around with the cams to get the required stitch, or at least as close as I can come, that is, if I can find them. My machine is not electronic.
As an aside, one of the things that I prefer doing by hand is sewing on a button. The manual for my machine (if I could find that) gives instructions for sewing on a button, but I think getting out the machine for this purpose is way too much trouble (I tried it once when I was able to find the manual).
Well, anyway, I have been missing a button from my favorite shirt for several months, and it the shirt even has a spare button sewn to the inside of the shirt like many do these days.
However, because of inertia and a general dislike of hand sewing, I have not sewn on the button. The recent message about getting a sewing machine (I think it was your message, Polly) inspired me to get out a needle and fix it, but I cannot right now find my hand sewing needles.
I will no doubt find them as soon as I get to the store to get some new ones.
Brian Christiansen
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Brian
It's a little early but I'm thinking we just must come begin our Easter Egg hunt at your house. Can't find the cams? Can't find the hand needles? Don't make us come down there. I well remember the struggle to store/keep/find things. Begin with just ten minutes and just one drawer/box/bin. It is lovely to know where everything is - but wishing won't make it so. And it won't stay in place by itself. It takes time and what my Moma would call 'Hell bent' determination. Whatever that is. Polly
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Polly Esther
Nice site! I often do machine binding, usually with a straight stitch. With care and a little practice, it will fall right into the ditch on one side. The only other thing I would add: it pays to stitch down the corner miters by hand before doing the machine stitching. Takes only a few minutes, looks super-neat and saves lots of fiddling. Roberta in D

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Roberta
On the rare occasion that I make a garment and need to sew on a lot of buttons, it's worth setting up the machine IMO. But a single button takes about half a minute. Go ahead and get yourself some nice new needles. Buy a bunch of other cool tools, maybe a perfect pair of little thread snippers and a really beautiful thimble. Get some antique sewing tols if you can. Set them all up in a good-looking sewing box and call it a decorator item. then you'll always know where your mending kit is hiding. Roberta in D

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Roberta
I absolutely agree with Roberta on that. I do my binding the usual one - machine one side and hand the other. However, I always sew all the corners first - then zoom along the straight bits! I do the hand-sewing of the corners first also. . In message , Roberta writes
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Pat on the Green
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Pat S
Dose anyone know what the new sole - "stitch in the ditch" foot is? See Rebecca's message below.
Quoting Rebecca Grace from the website: Do you have that new sole for your walking foot that helps you stitch exactly in the ditch? I just found out about it and got one from my dealer, but haven't had a chance to use it yet. I wonder if it would be helpful with this technique or not? Hmmm.
Thanks Polly - this will save me hours and hours of cramped fingers.
Di
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Di Maloney
Please don't bother - I googled Janome and found exactly what she meant - at $90-00 approx. I will be saving up for one.
Di
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Di Maloney
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I have the Bernina version of that new sole for my walking foot. There's a slight learning curve, since it's somewhat larger than the "in-the-ditch" foot that isn't part of the walking foot. However, it does work, and I like it. It certainly wasn't anywhere close to $90, either, for the one I bought.
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Yikes! Not sure what Janome machine you have, but the accufeed ditch quilting foot is only $27.99 at Brubakers.
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If you're a member of the janome 6500-6600 group there's a %15 discount too.
marcella
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Marcella Peek
I think it's a foot that has a guide to go in the ditch. Here's one from amazon that's supposed to fit a lot of machines: . Here's a link to Janome's . I suspect other companies have them too. The blind hem foot for my Elna also has a similar guide and I have used it for SITD, but find it just as easy (or maybe easier) to use my open toe embroidery foot so I can see exactly where I am stitching.
Julia in MN
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The slot where you slide the little arm on my Janome walking foot broke and I missed it so bought a new foot. It included a SID guide which I thought would be brilliant but found I prefer to 'eyeball' it! I am glad to have the little arm for parallel lines though.
Sally at the Seaside ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~uk
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I went to this website
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I have a walking foot for my machine which I paid appox. $25 for a few years ago. It's the open toe that I would like. After doing a lot more research last night, I am going to look for just the open toe sole - hoping they can be bought separately.
Di
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Di Maloney
Mine was Janome Convertible Even Feed Foot Set Ref: 214517004 and comes with two sole plates - closed and open. I shopped around and found it much cheaper than Janome charge.
Sally at the Seaside ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~uk
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