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in a bind?

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I don’t know about you, but hand stitching a quilt’s binding to the back is not my idea of a good time. I know there are quilters who love that, for a variety of reasons. Stitching in front of the tv is a relaxing time, the end of the quilt is in sight, love to hand stitch are a few I’ve been told. Only very special “heirloom” quilts get a hand stitched binding from me. Although I do it well, I’d rather take the faster machine stitched route on most of my quilts. Most my quilts are going to be used, (hopefully not abused), and will be going in and out of the washer and dryer. I’d rather use a decorative stitch to make it a bit more fun and snazzy and “git ‘er done”.

Here’s a new technique, new to me anyway, that might give nicer results on the back for many of us. I’m going to try it on a small project to see if the extra effort is worth it. It requires an extra type of thread (water soluble), some cotton thread, and 2 specialty feet for the machine. Luckily all are items I already have. I wonder though if the threaded side came to the front, would it look like a piping? Hmm…

Click here to see how she does it.


  1. Karen G. says:

    Very interesting! I haven’t seen this technique before, might have to give it a try. I love machine binding.

  2. I agree with Mary Ellen. Most of my quilts will be machine washed, so I usually sew the binding on the machine. I have never seen this technique before. It seems like more work, but maybe it’s worth the extra set up time (sewing the cotton yarn to the middle of the binding) because your have that as a guide. I’ll have to try it on my next quilt.

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