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How many ways can you think of to bind a quilt? There are tons of options for finishing your labor of love (I already have written a tutorial—Master Machine Binding—for? completing the task completely on your machine), and every p...


How many ways can you think of to bind a quilt? There are tons of options for finishing your labor of love (I already have written a tutorial—Master Machine Binding—for? completing the task completely on your machine), and every project requires you to assess what technique is best for that quilt. Single fold or double fold, bias or straight of grain, but what about visible or invisible?

Sometimes, you want to be able to bind your quilt without seeing anything at all on the front side. For this, I present to you faced binding. This technique creates an elegant, seamless-looking finish on the front side of the quilt that’s very popular for art quilts or wall hangings.

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While this technique is certainly beautiful in its simplicitypersonalized gifts for kids, it also has another benefit: there’s no need to stress over mitering corners on this technique. If you’re someone who can never seem to get those corners quite right, then I welcome you to give this a try. It’s a fantastic finish for both beginners and the most experienced sewists out there!

Step 1. Cut fabric for binding

Start by calculating how much binding you will need. Measure each side of your quilt and add up those lengths—that’s the total required length. Let’s say we’re binding a 40” x 30” wall hanging:

40 30 40 30 = 140 inches of binding

Since we can’t cut 140 inches of continuous length of binding, we next need to figure out how many strips will need to be pieced together, end to end, to create this length. Assume we have 40” of usable width of standard quilting cotton fabric:

140 ÷ 40 = 3.5

The answer here is the number of strips we need to cut from our binding fabric. We’ll be using 2” wide strips for this technique and since I can’t cut half of a strip, I will be cutting four strips from my binding fabric.

Unlike a traditional binding with mitered corners, there is a second element we need to cut from our binding fabric—our corner pieces. Cut four squares at 5” each.

Step 2. Press binding

Fold the binding strips in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press.

Fold the corner squares in half diagonally with wrong sides together and press those as well.

Step 3. Pin to quilt

Begin by pinning the corner squares (now pressed into triangles) to the right side of the quilt by aligning the raw edges to each corner of the quilt.

Next we’ll pin the rest of the binding. Take your continuous strip of pressed binding and place the end on top of one of your corner squares, overlapping the strip and the corner piece by at least 1.5” and aligning raw edges together. Pin all the way down this first side of the quilt.

When you reach the next corner, again make sure that the strip of binding overlaps the next corner pieceby at least 1.5” and cut the strip of binding with fabric scissors. Repeat this process along the remaining three sides of the quilt.

Step 4. Attach binding

Attach Walking Foot #50 to the machine, using the standard sole for this presser foot. Place the quilt under the presser foot and attach the binding with a 1/4″; seam allowance. Be sure to secure your seam at the beginning and end with a couple back stitches.

When you reach a corner, simply stop with the needle down, raise the foot using the Free Hand System (click HERE to read a blog post about the BERNINA Free Hand System), and turn the quilt to pivot around the corner. This is one of the best parts about this technique—no starting and stopping to miter corners!

When the binding is attached all the way around the quilt, use a hot iron to press the binding strips toward the seam allowance.

Step 5. Understitch

Before the next round of stitching, we need to change the sole on our walking foot. This is most easily done by removing the foot from the machine first. Use the small screwdriver that comes with the walking foot to loosen the small screw on the right side of the foot. The sole of the presser foot will separate from the main component of the foot when the screw is loosened enough.

Align the edgestitching sole with the appropriate holes on the walking foot and tighten the screw to secure it in place. With this sole in place, reattach the walking foot to your machine.

Next we’ll understitch our binding. This means we will stitch the binding to seam allowance. This will help our binding lay flatter and prevent the binding from shifting toward the front side of the quilt. To do this, move the needle position to the right to position 3.

Now place the quilt and binding under the presser foot, starting at the top end of one of the binding strips and nesting the center guide of the edgestitching sole against the seam of the binding.

Begin the seam with two or three backstitches then sew all the way down the strip of binding, securing the seam at the end of the strip as well. Cut your threads and repeat the process on the remaining three sides.

Step 6. Clip, turn, and pin

Clip the seam allowances at the corners of your quilt. This will reduce bulk and help create clean, sharp corners.

Now turn the corner pieces out so that they lay on the back side of the quilt and the ends of the binding strips are hidden. Use a point turner, like the OESD Expert Point &; Press Tool, to press the corners all the way out.

Press the binding smoothly on the back side of the quilt and pin it down all the way around. You can also use Wonder Clips by Clover for this as they work nicely to secure the bulky layers of a quilt and its binding.

Step 7. Stitch it down

Finally, hand stitch the binding to the back side of the quilt all the way around.

Now you have a beautiful, invisibly bound quilt to use or hang in your home!

UPDATE (4/2/15): Did you ever scroll down to see the bottom……APRIL FOOLS’!!!!

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