Natalie Doan Weight Loss

Natalie Doan Weight Loss

Welcome to the Final Stitch! I’m Natalie, and today we’re going to dive into the world of machine binding for your quilts. If you’ve ever struggled with machine binding, I’ve got two easy techniques to share with you. Let’s get started!

Natalie Doan Weight Loss
Natalie Doan Weight Loss

Flange Binding: The Decorative Touch

Flange binding is a simple yet elegant technique that adds a decorative edge to your quilt. It creates a straight line to follow while stitching in the ditch, giving your quilt a professional finish. Think of it as faux piping that simplifies the process. Don’t worry if it looks complicated, it’s actually quite easy!

To create flange binding, you’ll need two different-sized fabric strips. The larger strip will be the piping, typically cut at 1 ¾ inches, while the smaller strip will be the outside of the binding, cut at 1 ½ inches. Stitch the strips together using the plus or T-cross method, creating a mitered piece. Press the binding, fold it in half, and voila! You have a beautifully flanged edge to attach to your quilt.

Joining Flanged Binding Strips

If you need to join pre-made binding strips, fear not! You can still use the T-cross method to ensure a seamless transition. Simply cut the ends of both binding strips straight, overlap them, and sew them together diagonally. Press the seam flat and continue with the rest of your binding.

Attaching the Binding

Once your binding is ready, it’s time to attach it to your quilt. Start in the middle of one side, leaving about eight inches of excess binding hanging. Remember to sew with the flange side up and the binding side down. Stitch a quarter of an inch seam all the way around the quilt’s edge, pivoting at the corners.

Finishing Touches with Appliglue

To keep your binding securely in place before flipping it to the front, apply a thin line of appliglue along the seam edge. Press it down with an iron to instantly dry and set the glue. Appliglue is great because it doesn’t gum up your needle and washes out easily. It ensures that your binding won’t shift or come loose during the final steps.

Topstitching for a Polished Look

Finally, topstitch your binding from the front using a thread color that matches your flange. Stitch in the ditch between the flange and the binding, guiding your needle along the pressed seam. Take your time, pivot at the corners, and continue until you reach the starting point. And that’s it—your machine binding is complete!

With these easy techniques, you can achieve a professional finish for your quilts without the hassle of hand stitching. So go ahead and give flange binding a try, and enjoy the beautiful results it brings to your quilting projects. Happy stitching!

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