Friday, July 27, 2012

No, Not Stitching Under the Table

It's all about under-stitching.

Of course, I don't mean sitting under the table and frantically stitching to finish my quilt. (Although, this may have happened when I was trying to complete a last minute gift.)

If your quilt is not a candidate for a traditional binding, a faced binding may be the perfect solution. To get that sharp, flat edge to finish your quilt, understitching is the key.

Stitch the binding to the quilt, matching raw edges, just as you would do for a traditional binding.

Fold the binding toward the quilt edge over the seam allowance.

Understitch the faced binding by stitching through the binding and the seam allowance. Your stitching will be approximately 1/8" from the folded edge.

As you can see the stitching is close to the fold and catches in the seam allowance.

Press the entire binding to the back of the quilt.

Hand-stitch the binding to the back of the quilt.

The flat, sharp, bound edge of the quilt.

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