Monday, June 3, 2013

Machine Binding Tutorial from our May Meeting

Hope everyone's staying cool! I took some notes at our May Meeting about Jessica's tutorial for machine binding. Because it happened at the meeting, I was only able to write down the tips (though filming it could have worked as well, come to think of it!). If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or email the account.

Jess's method:
1. First, sew the binding to the front of the quilt as you normally would.
2. Two options: Either use Clover clips to hold to binding down, or apply Elmer's washable school glue (heat set) on the back of the quilt along the seamline from the front, to hold the binding to the back. You do this in sections on the quilt: apply glue (see below to purchase special glue tips), and press the binding, with your iron, onto the back of your quilt. Jess highly recommends trying the glue method; it really works!
3. Stitch in the ditch from the front to secure the binding to the back for good.

Tips:
1. First, don't be afraid to practice! Make some practice quilt sandwiches (practice your FMQ while you're at it) and then bind them.

2. Jess highly recommends using Sharon Schamber's machine binding video. This is the video that will teach you to bind to competition standards. It is very clear and easy to follow.

3. To buy special glue tips for this method, go to Purple Daisies LLC.

Good luck!
-Jess S.

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