But first, I guess I should tell you which technique I have been using. There are a lot of tutorials out there, including one at Pat Sloan's site, and even videos at You Tube. Basically, you trim the backing and batting (cutting from the front, approximately 1/8 inch from the edge of your top) before you sew the binding onto the BACK of your quilt (with a 1/4 inch seam). You then flip the binding over onto your front and sew it into place using a decorative stitch making sure you cover the stitch line that is there from sewing the binding onto the back. I used this technique to bind the peacock quilt at the beginning of the year.
|this is the view of the binding from the front of the quilt|
In this technique, you machine stitch your binding onto the front of the quilt as usual, trim the edges as usual (3/8 inch from the stitch line), and then press the heck out of it. The tutorial I read, said to then wrap the binding around to the back side, using your fingers to hold it in place, and stitch in-the-ditch from the front, making sure you caught the binding on the backside of your backing. I thought that sounded pretty hard, so I pinned mine in place about every 4 or 5 inches, and especially around the corners. The result is a nice clean look from the front, and the stitching on the back is no worse than the first technique (for some reason mine is a little wavy in places). Although....even pinning, I did manage to miss a few spots and had to go back and re-stitch them. Here are the pics.
|In-the-ditch stitching, but see that nice crisp edge!|
|This is one of the spots I missed even with pinning|
I think all in all, I liked this machine binding technique better than the old. However, I will need to continue to pin the binding in place, and should probably pin closer together in the future. I just don't see how you could do this with just your hands unless you trimmed closer to the edge and really stretched the binding into place.