Decorative Potholder with Painted Ladies
Sewing on a Binding, front and back, and using Edyta Sitar's method of binding
Sooner or later, you're going to want to machine sew a binding to a quilt, one that won't come undone.
I've reached that point. I have a quilt I use everyday, and the thread used to sew the binding to the back has broken.
I finally took the time to learn how to sew the binding by machine, and without any fancy stitching, or piping or anything, just plain straight stitch.
And, I decided to use Edyta Sitar's method of a non-bulky binding.
First of all, I never trim the raw edges of the quilt, until AFTER I've sewn the binding to the front of the quilt. The binding must be filled with the raw edges. Many quilt instruction books, if not all of them show that you should trim your raw edges down to 1/4 inch before sewing on binding. This is a mistake. If you binding strips that are 2 1/2 inches wide, I can almost guarantee you your binding will not be full, and it looks funny
If you place this quilt into a show, you'll get counted off for that, because your binding will be thin. So, after quilting, I generally leave about 2 inches of raw edge around the quilt, and trim it to fit the binding as I go.
What can go wrong? You can get a spot that didn't stay in place while sewing:
Now you have a binding that's securely sewn to the back of your quilt, and if it gets lots of use, it won't come undone!
And as for Edyta's method: I like it! the binding IS less bulky. I think this method is perfect for machine sewing a binding to the back of the quilt.