Put an end to UFOs with quilt-finishing smarts (tutorial + giveaway!)

It’s an ongoing conundrum for quilters: why do we let our UFOs (or WIPs, or whatever you might call your unfinished quilts) pile up?

If you’re like many quilters, the reason is this: the techniques you currently rely on to finish your quilts aren’t efficient or easy—and that can make finishing quilts feel more frustrating than fun.

Quiltmaking Essentials 2For 30+ years, prolific author Donna Lynn Thomas has been weeding out fussy finishing methods, forming an arsenal of go-to techniques that work every time (check out her free binding tutorial below). Now she’s ready to help you complete quilts like a pro with Quiltmaking Essentials 2.

Donna doesn’t encourage the use of her techniques so your quilts will be perfect. Instead, she’s a cheerleader for the “essentials” because she knows that once you establish reliable ways to finish your quilts, your quilting experiences will become frustration-free. That means you’ll finish more UFOs (and have a whole lot more fun doing it)!

Settings, sashings, borders, backings, and bindings—you’ll find Donna’s favorite methods for each in Quiltmaking Essentials 2. You can add Donna’s new finishing guide to your library for less than $20—but this week only, we’re offering a special bonus when you buy both volumes of Quiltmaking Essentials:

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Today Donna is our guest at Stitch This! to share one of her favorite techniques from Quiltmaking Essentials 2—mitering those pesky binding corners. Welcome, Donna!


Donna Lynn ThomasIt’s Happy Dance time! That exciting quilt you’ve been working on for what seems like ages is assembled to perfection, quilted beautifully, and now—dum-de-dum-dum—it’s time to bind it!

Well, binding’s not hard at all. With a few simple tricks and tips from Quiltmaking Essentials 2, it’ll be done in no time.

The easiest and most commonly used binding is a double-fold binding cut across the grain of the fabric. What that means is that the binding strips are cut selvage to selvage (along the crosswise grain), just like you cut strips for patchwork. Once strips are sewn together, they’re pressed in half lengthwise so there are two layers wrapping around the edge of your quilt.

Quiltmaking Essentials 2 will show you how to bind just about anything, but one really cool part of the binding process is making a square mitered corner. It’s like magic, finishes your quilt beautifully, and is as easy as can be. Here’s how to do it:

1. Sew the prepared binding to the edge of your quilt; stop ¼" from the corner.

Quilt binding tutorial 1

2. Flip up the binding so it is running in a direct line from the next quilt edge.

Quilt binding tutorial 2

3. Now, fold the binding straight back down on itself, being careful not to move the pleat you just formed at the corner. By doing this, you create the correctly angled pleat in the corner to turn to the back. Pin the pleat in place. Starting at the edge, stitch the binding to the second side of the quilt top, pin-marking and stopping ¼" from the corner as before. Repeat the process for the remaining corners.

Quilt binding tutorial 3

You’ll find my favorite way to connect the starting and ending tails of the binding in Quiltmaking Essentials 2.

Once your binding is machine sewn to the front of your quilt, you’re ready to roll the binding to the quilt back in preparation for slip-stitching it to the back of the quilt. Remember that neat miter on the front of the quilt? It’s just as important to do the same on the back. Here’s how:

1. Slip-stitch the binding to the back of the quilt, up to the first corner. Fold the binding on the next side of the quilt to the back to make a miter.

Quilt binding tutorial 4 Quilt binding tutorial 5
Stitch to the corner; fold to miter the corner.

2. Slip-stitch the diagonal fold in place. Then, slide your needle to the front of the binding and slip-stitch the diagonal fold on the front too. Once that’s done, slip your needle to the back of the quilt and continue slip-stitching the binding to the next edge of the quilt.

Quilt binding tutorial 6
Slip-stitch the miter in place on the front and back of the quilt.

3. Finish slip-stitching all four sides and corners and your quilt is done—except for that all-important label. But that’s for another day!


Thanks for dropping in to share a technique from Quiltmaking Essentials 2, Donna!

How do you typically sew binding to the back of your quilts: by hand or by machine? Tell us in the comments and you could win eBook copies of both Quiltmaking Essentials 1 and Quiltmaking Essentials 2! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Sandra, who says:

“I’m a novice quilter, but I machine sew the binding to all my quilts. They are not the fanciest quilts, but they will be durable. This includes the mitered corners…again, not fancy, but durable. I tried all sorts of binding techniques, but I find that by the time the binding is done, I’m ready to move on to another project, so machine sewing the binding is my preferred method.”

Sandra, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


276 Comments

  • I have hand-stitched all but one of my quilts. My new favorite binding for a rush finish is a faux flange – goes on by machine – the back first and then flipped over to the front! Super easy and super fast!!

    —Deb C on May 26, 2015
  • I do all my quilt bindings by machine.

    —Nancy Lanier on May 26, 2015
  • I have wrist issues that prevent me from doing a lot of hand sewing so I sew my binding on by machine.

    —Melissa on May 26, 2015
  • That depends on the intended use. If it’s a baby quilt for hard use or a charity quilt also intended for hard use, I put the binding on the back and bring it around to the front with a decorative stitch. If it’s for an adult, I consider hand-stitching the binding as an act of love.

    —Beth Strand on May 26, 2015
  • I usually sew the binding by hand. My bindings look neater that way. I can’t seem to make it look as nice with the machine.

    —Judy D on May 26, 2015
  • I attach the binding to the quilt by machine and then fold it to the back and stitch by hand. It has a much cleaner and neater look.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on May 26, 2015
  • I have sewn bindings both ways. I prefer the look of hand-sewn, but on simple things like pot-holders or a mini quilt for myself, I will machine sew. I appreciate your tutorial and photos!

    —Kathy E. on May 26, 2015
  • I always sew the binding on the backing by hand. To me, hand sewing the final step of the binding makes for a lovely finish on the front and the back of the quilt. I use the finest matching thread to complete my quilts.

    —Arlene on May 26, 2015
  • I’m a novice quilter, but I machine sew the binding to all my quilts. They are not the fanciest quilts, but they will be durable. This includes the mitered corners…again, not fancy, but durable. I tried all sorts of binding techniques, but I find that by the time the binding is done, I’m ready to move on to another project, so machine sewing the binding is my preferred method.

    —Sandra Laws on May 26, 2015
  • I prefer hand binding, just as I prefer hand quilting!

    —Cynthia Wilbanks on May 26, 2015
  • I’m probably split on finishing my bindings. I prefer hand finished.

    —theresa sheldon on May 26, 2015
  • I usually use the same method you demonstrate! Seems like the best way to go. If it is a charity quilt, and I know that it will get a lot of use and abuse, I might do a straight binding sides and then top and bottom and stitch it twice. Can’t come off no matter what!

    —Adeline on May 26, 2015
  • I do both. It depends on the amount of time I have. Thank you for the giveaway.

    —Janie on May 26, 2015
  • I always hand sew my binding to the back of the quilt. I did try sewing it by machine ONCE …never again. As careful as I was I could not keep it even enough to catch the back so that it would look good when finished. If it is to be washed regularly I do use a heavier thread and it always looks "finished" nothing worse than looking at a lovely quilt with an ugly looking binding !!

    —Ann Power on May 26, 2015
  • I do it by hand, I just like the way it looks.

    —Myra Sattler on May 26, 2015
  • I save the hand sewing for the "special" quilts. Dorm quilts and baby quilts get machine stitching since they are so likely to get less than gentle use and be machine washed.

    —Bev on May 26, 2015
  • I machine sew my bindings to the back first, then machine stitch the edge down on the front. It makes a clean, practical binding and who cares that there is an extra line of stitching on the back close to the binding.

    —Abby on May 26, 2015
  • There is something so satisfying about taking those last few stitches, knotting off the thread and knowing that my quilt is finished at last! I always hand stitch the binding to the back of my quilts – from the 2 California Kings for my tall sons, to small wall hangings. I have the ability to make the binding smooth and the corners perfect. I also use the ‘snap’ hair clips to keep from perforating my fingers with quilt pins.

    —Linda Voltz on May 26, 2015
  • Usually by hand. if I were more savy I would do it on the machine!

    Darlene Osborn on May 26, 2015
  • I much prefer hand binding; once I attach it by machine and then settle in to finish it off, it is so satisfying. And I think it looks much better, too. That stitching on the back just shouts "not quite good enough" to me. But–to each his own, yes?

    —Teresa on May 26, 2015
  • I always stitch bindings by hand.

    —Barbara Ostrander on May 26, 2015
  • Turning that binding by hand is the next-to-last step in finishing my quilts, with the last step being adding the label. It’s relaxing, and something I can do in the evenings in front of the tv – time that is no longer wasted with a project in my hands.

    —Marilyn on May 26, 2015
  • I hand sew the binding. You can fuss with it to make it nice and smooth if you hand sew it. Thanks

    —Sharon B on May 26, 2015
  • Depends on how much time I have, lots of time hand binding, little time machine.

    —Janna on May 26, 2015
  • Hand issues limit the amount of hand-stitching I can do, so with rare exception I machine stitch bindings, which are always double-fold. I attach it to the quilt front with a straight stitch, glue-baste to the back, then top-stitch on front with a decorative stitch, with both thread and stitch selected based on the quilt design and the fabric colors. Occasionally I’ll stitch first to the back and top-stitch the glue-basted front. Either way I do a decorative top-stitch on the corners as well to secure them.

    —Jane on May 26, 2015
  • I machine stitch the binding on the front and hand stitch to the back. It is very relaxing to sit and sew the last part.

    —Virginia Over on May 26, 2015
  • By machine

    —Marla merryman on May 26, 2015
  • I use a 2-1/2″ double binding. I sew it to the back side of the quilt, using the method shown, then turn it to the front. Using thread that matches the binding on top, and matching the bobbin thread to the backing of the quilt, I sew it down by machine. This leaves a line of stitching about 1/4″ from the binding on the back, which looks like echo quilting. I also use the attachment of the binding to sew down two sides of my label in a corner of the quilt; that way anyone wanting to remove the label for nefarious purposes will have to undo part of the binding to accomplish this.

    —Marcia Gilbreath on May 26, 2015
  • If the quilt is a special gift for someone, I sew the binding by hand. If it is a comfort quilt or for a charity, I sew the binding on the back, flip to the front and top stitch to finish.

    —Elizabeth on May 26, 2015
  • I have done bindings both ways, it just depend on the use of the finished quilt. I have even attempted using a fancy stitch when machine quilting the binding, but I think I need more practice to perfect this method. Thanks for the opportunity to win the drawing!

    Vicki Steckbeck on May 26, 2015
  • I prefer finishing by Hand, I like the finished look.

    —Bonnie on May 26, 2015
  • I use both hand finishing and machine finishing on my bindings. How the quilt is going to be used and how much time I have are factors that I consider.

    —Carol Sc on May 26, 2015
  • I always hand stitch the binding to the back of my quilt. I enjoy the process as my mind can float and I find myself in a contented place. Binding is so rewarding, the end is in sight and a completed quilt is almost finished.

    —Deb W on May 26, 2015
  • I machine stitch the binding so that it can be laundered many times without worry.

    —Teresa L on May 26, 2015
  • I generally like to do my binding by hand. The exceptions may be a baby quilt or utility quilt that is going to get rough wear.

    —Peggy on May 26, 2015
  • I hand sew binding to the backs of my quilts.

    —Annie on May 26, 2015
  • I have done both machine and hand sewing the binding. It really all depends on the project. For things like table runners and placemats, etc. I tend to use the machine. For quilts, I tend to hand sew, but I found a technique to machine sew the binding which I really like, so I may start doing more of that.

    Barb Johnson on May 26, 2015
  • I sew mine by hand – haven’t tried my machine yet – maybe my next small project I’ll give it a whirl

    —Kathy Luehrs on May 26, 2015
  • I usually hand sew my binding to the back of the quilt. But lately I have made a lot of baby quilts, so I am exploring with machine sewing the binding down.

    —Debra Reber on May 26, 2015
  • i always do by hand it takes a heck of alot longer i am afraid to try by machine that i will ruin what i already have created. thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful gift

    debra on May 26, 2015
  • I sew two sides of label to the back of the quilt as I’m sewing the binding to the front of the quilt. Then when I turn the binding to the back of the quilt to hand sew, two sides of the label are enclosed in the binding and I hand sew the remaining sides of the label by hand.

    —Deanna Parker on May 26, 2015
  • I prefer to hand-sew my quilt bindings. Thank you, Rachel

    —Rachel on May 26, 2015
  • I like to had stitch the binding on my quilts. I find it’s relaxing and can be done while watching TV.

    —Judy Allen on May 26, 2015
  • I sew my bindings the same way that Donna demonstrated. I sew the first step by machine and then finish the back by hand. It’s a good project to do while watching tv.

    —Kaye M. on May 26, 2015
  • I machine stitch the binding down.. I dont know if my fingers can stand hand stitching down a whole quilt!

    Debbie D on May 26, 2015
  • I prefer hand sewing. To me it is relaxing and looks so much nicer.

    —Kathy Romans on May 26, 2015
  • Unless it’s for a show, I generally apply my binding to the back of the quilt and sew it down on the front with a serpentine stitch using my machine.

    —Kitty Letsch on May 26, 2015
  • How I do binding depends on the destination. I do a LOT of charity quilts. If the person is in a care facility I machine bind both sides. I sew on the back and bring the binding to the front and use some type of decorative stitch to put down the front side and may use a varigated thread depending on the look I want. Even with Quilts of Valor there is one allowed technique for toal machine stitched binding. It is a two color binding that creates a fauz flange and gives a very nice look.

    —Cassandra on May 26, 2015
  • My sewing machine is my best friend! I too have arthritis in my hands and hand sewing is very taxing.

    —Kris on May 26, 2015
  • I sometimes use the sewing machine if it’s a pot holder. But for quilts, I always sew it down by hand. I feel it is a nicer finish than machine stitching on the front. Machine stitching can look sloppy if it isn’t perfectly aligned with the seam, the back binding could have varying amounts of floppy edges if not perfectly aligned, and to me, it looks less professional if it isn’t perfect. So I hand-sew on the back, spending up to two evenings in front of the TV, watching DVD’s as I go along.

    —Judy Garling on May 26, 2015
  • I sew the binding by hand but recently learned how to machine stitch it down. It’s much faster but can be a bit tricky getting the corners to look good.

    —Ann D on May 26, 2015
  • I generally sew bindings on by machine.

    —Tammy Ahrens on May 26, 2015
  • I sew the back by hand; I think it looks better than doing it by machine.

    —Dottie on May 26, 2015
  • I machine sew my bindings. If I want a hand finished binding, I ask someone to sew it for me.

    —Kay on May 26, 2015
  • I hand stitch all of my bindings. Love finishing a project with hand stitching.

    —Susan Stanton on May 26, 2015
  • I generally see the binding to.the back.of my.quilt. But I can use all the help I can get! Quest W hat a wealth of information.

    —Debbie Waldrop on May 26, 2015
  • My choice depends on the recipient of the quilt – if it’s for a child or a charity, I will machine stitch the binding, but for other quilts, I do hand stitching.

    —Margaret Lawrence on May 26, 2015
  • I machine sew my bindings

    —Shawna on May 26, 2015
  • I hand sew the binding to the back of quilt.

    —Diana Salmon on May 26, 2015
  • The only way I have learned is by hand.

    —Debbie B on May 26, 2015
  • I use both hand and machine stitching depending on the project. I machine stitch baby quilts,toddler quilts and placemats ( that get hard wear and will be washed often). I hand stitch bed quilts for adults and wall hangings and art quilts.

    —Linda on May 26, 2015
  • I usually sew the binding by machine to the back of the quilt and then flip the fold to the front and finish it by machine with a long and narrow zig zag using monofilament thread. Makes adding the binding quick and easy to complete! However, I also like and have used the "faux piping" technique Deb C talked about for another fast and more decorative binding finish too!

    Vivian on May 26, 2015
  • HI,I machine stitch the binding to the front+hand stitch to the back.I enjoy this stitching in the evenings,very relaxing to sit and sew! Thanks for the neat giveaway!

    —LINDA on May 26, 2015
  • By hand. I drag on the last steps whether its borders or bindings, but I enjoy the finishing and the hand work while watching tv. I do find that if I do the first machine step with the binding for several quilts in a row, then my invisible join is cleaner and quicker because I don’t have time to forget in between.

    —Karen on May 26, 2015
  • I haven’t yet. I’m learning. My mom finished hers by hand. Strictly. :). I would like to learn to do that to be doing something "just like mom.". 🙂

    —Carol on May 26, 2015
  • I always finish the binding by hand.

    —Judy Maggio on May 26, 2015
  • I currently sew the binding to the front and back of my quilts by machine, due to hand issues that make it hard to hold a needle. Before those hand issues, I sewed bindings to the back by hand. Learning new tricks all the time.

    —Suzanne on May 26, 2015
  • I hand sew the binding to the back. I usually save this for a car trip. Nice way to pass the time in the car.

    —Shari K. on May 26, 2015
  • I sew my binding to the back by hand. No matter what I am working on, from the smallest to the largest project, always by hand. It just looks so much better.

    —cindy on May 26, 2015
  • I finish all my quilt binding by hand. There is something satisfying about finishing a quilt this way. Besides, I can watch TV at the same time!

    —Elizabeth Trembath on May 26, 2015
  • I hand stitch to the back after attaching the binding to the front by machine. I would love to find a way to do this by machine that looks good.

    —Maureen Flax on May 26, 2015
  • I sew the front by machine, but sew the back by hand.

    —Susan on May 26, 2015
  • I machine stitch binding to the back of the quilt first & then finish by machine stitching the front.

    —Carol Gearey on May 26, 2015
  • I usually sew it down by hand. But I recently learned a technique that is done totally by machine and it may become my favored way!

    —Karen A on May 26, 2015
  • I sew binding on by machine, then turn to back and hand sew down.

    —Janet T on May 26, 2015
  • By hand for sure. I find handstitching so soothing and relaxing so I prefer it over machine stitching.

    —Cheryl on May 26, 2015
  • I usually sew on the binding by hand.

    —Jill Hicks on May 26, 2015
  • I finish both ways – it depends on what I’m doing and how much of a hurry I’m in – although finishing by hand does make for a neater, cleaner finish on my backs….notice I said MY backs – others probably do a much better machine finish than I do!
    Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

    —Debby E on May 26, 2015
  • Always by hand.

    —Paulette Petro on May 26, 2015
  • My motto is, "Life is too short to sew binding on by hand." I sew it on to the back of my quilt, roll it to the front, then do a 3-stitch zig-zag on the front to finish it. It looks great, it takes less than 3 hours total, and that binding is never coming off!

    —Jill Ellis on May 26, 2015
  • I have been machine stitching the binding to the front and hand stitching the binding to the back. I don’t trust the seam to be straight enough machine sewing and would never be happy with that!

    —Sandy on May 26, 2015
  • I almost always stitch the bindings by hand. The exceptions have been little kid quilts or doll quilts where I sewed the binding onto the back of the quilt, flipped it to the front and used a decorative machine stitch.

    —Diana L. Carter on May 26, 2015
  • Always by machine for me, it’s so much quicker and more secure.

    —Jen B on May 26, 2015
  • I usually sew the one side of the binding on a quilt with a sewing machine, then fold twice and hand sew on the other side.

    —Kathy on May 26, 2015
  • I like to hand sew the binding down .. when I have tried sewing the binding by machine it looks tacky

    Barbara Fox on May 26, 2015
  • Thank you for all your helpful hints in emails! I’m nearly to the binding stage of my current quilt and it is all hand done. That’s how I want to finish it.

    —Karen on May 26, 2015
  • I machine apply my binding. When I am finally that close to finishing, I want it finished fast! 🙂

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on May 26, 2015
  • I sew the back by hand after attaching the binding by machine to the front. You forgot to include the horror of joining the two ends…it always gives me fits.

    —kate on May 26, 2015
  • I use the method Donna suggests. As other quilters have commented, I like to hand stitch while watching TV in the evenings. I had 3 quilts to finish recently and my cat insisted on curling herself up inside them while I was working on them!As she is a large cat, it certainly made the task more difficult:)

    carol on May 26, 2015
  • I like to machine stitch the binding to the front and find that hand stitching the binding to the back to be relaxing and a very satisfying way to complete my quilts.

    Barbara

    —Barbara Niekerk on May 26, 2015
  • I have been hand sewing the binding to the back after attaching the binding to the front by machine. My hand stitching leaves a lot to be desired and I’d much rather find a good method to do the complete binding by machine.

    Jinger on May 26, 2015
  • I love to hand stitch the binding on the back. It gives the quilt a softer feeeling I think.

    —Hildy on May 26, 2015
  • I hand sew the binding go the back – it’s one of my favorite parts of making a quilt!

    —Kathy on May 26, 2015
  • I always machine stich onto the front, then turn it to the back and hand-stitch….like so many others, I find the hand work enjoyable! This looks like a great book!

    Snoodles on May 26, 2015
  • I stitch mine, on the back, by hand. I did try machine stitching the entire binding, front and back, on a wall hanging but was not thrilled with the result so it hand sewing for me. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Karon on May 26, 2015
  • Machine sewn to back then hand sew to front. The books look wonderful – such a clear way to do it ! It is hard to remember between quilts.

    —Nancy on May 26, 2015
  • I hand stitch the binding to the back. It does take a while but I like the look.

    —Patricia on May 26, 2015
  • I always handstitch

    —Katherine on May 26, 2015
  • At this time I’m sending my quilts off to be "finished". I’m just so happy to have the tops done and my skills with bindings are minimal. Considering how long it takes me to get a quilt top done, the thought of doing the binding myself would just add more months to a finished product. After reading this tutorial, however, that step might just be something I’ll attempt at home.

    —debra lee on May 26, 2015
  • I always finish by hand…I enjoy hand sewing (and its a good chance to watch movies and stitch).

    —Robin M on May 26, 2015
  • For my first few quilts, I paid the long-arm-er to put them on for me. After that, I started machine sewing my bindings, attaching the raw edge to the BACK of the quilt, then folding it over and using a decorative stitch on the front. I am now trying to do my first hand-sewn binding, and it isn’t going well. My slip stitches show, the corners look like they were done by a kindergartner, and it doesn’t feel like it is very sturdy or well attached. Since it is for a crib blanket (not an heirloom but meant to be used) I don’t know what to do. I could take out the hand-stitches and machine the binding to the front, but that will mess up the quilting pattern. I’d like to get it figured out before the baby comes!

    —Leslie on May 26, 2015
  • I
    like to hand stitch the bindings.

    Jan on May 26, 2015
  • I do several kinds of binding – finished by hand, finished by machine-flipped to the back, and finished by machine flipped to the top (fewer pins!) which gives a slightly wider binding.

    —Sally on May 26, 2015
  • I enjoy hand stitching binding.

    —Vicky on May 26, 2015
  • SOS: My UFOs are taking over my stash space.

    —Lynne on May 26, 2015
  • I attach the binding by machine and then finish it by hand. Tried machine finishing, but wasn’t satisfied with it. but then, it also depends on what the item is for (quilt vs. table topper/runner/mug rug.

    —Pamela on May 26, 2015
  • Hand sewn on the back — I think it gives a more neatly finished look.

    —Carol Vickers on May 26, 2015
  • To finish the binding …. If I am doing a baby quilt or placemats (washed often) or wall hangings, table runner, (display type projects), I do it on the machine first sewing it to the back, bringing it to the front. I find my "stitch in the ditch" looks much better doing it this way. However if I’m doing a lap quilt or larger where the back will be seen and the project potentially admired, I sew it to the front then stitch it on back by hand.
    Pick me, Pick me 🙂

    —Kristine on May 26, 2015
  • For table runners and baby quilts that will be laundered a lot, I usually machine stitch the binding on the right side with a decorative stitch that covers the fold on the back of the quilt. Lots of careful pinning to make sure the underneath edge is caught. For gift quilts, I still hand stitch the binding on the back.

    —Gail D. on May 26, 2015
  • I do both depending on how the quilt will be used. I think hand sewn on the back looks nicer. I’ve tried sewing the binding to the back, flipping it to the front and finishing with a decorative stitch and sewing binding to the front, flipping to the back and trying to stitch in the ditch to catch the binding on the back (I’ve never been very successful with this one).

    —Deb G. in VA on May 26, 2015
  • I always hand stitch bindings

    —Claire on May 26, 2015
  • Personally, I don’t mind putting on the binding and hand finishing things. It is a nice way to bring the quilting project to a close, sitting there with my work in my lap and hands 🙂

    —Kate on May 26, 2015
  • I machine sew the binding front and back when I keep quilts for myself. Other quilts I do finish the binding on back by hand.

    —beth on May 26, 2015
  • I do it by hand.

    —Joan on May 26, 2015
  • I hand stitch the binding on the back. I have waited so long for the weather to be nice enough to put my swing up outside because that is my favorite place to do my binding. So peaceful to take my time and just listen to the birds and of course the squirrels barking at my dog. Thank you for the chance to win.

    —Alesha Klein on May 26, 2015
  • I machine stitch one side and hand stitch the other

    —stanleybeagle on May 26, 2015
  • Most of the time I hand sew backs. For charity quilts I use machine.

    —Betty on May 26, 2015
  • Usually by machine – haven’t made many quilts so far and by the time I get to the binding I just want to see the finished article! The exception was a table runner I made for Christmas: I cut the binding a little on the narrow side and I decided that I probably wouldn’t manage to catch all of it on the back if I machined it so it had to be by hand.

    —Suzanne on May 26, 2015
  • The information provided was very clear, thank you! I prefer to attach my binding to the front of the quilt using a 3/8″ seam allowance as I prefer a little wider binding and then hand stitch it to the back. It’s very satisfying to add that finishing touch by hand.

    —Victoria Jones on May 26, 2015
  • I hand sew my bindings which is one of my favorite parts of quilting. I am always anxious to get that done so I can get it to the intended recipient.

    —Joan H. on May 26, 2015
  • On quilts that go to family or dear friends, I hand stitch my bindings to the backing. On quilts made for charity projects, my goal is quantity, so I am working on making my machine stitching more precise and professional. Just because it’s charity doesn’t mean I want to donate a poorly done item.

    —Sandy W. on May 26, 2015
  • Machine

    —Christy trevino on May 26, 2015
  • I machine sewed the binding on a gift quilt to a college
    bound niece! Thinking it would get lots of rough use!

    —Judy on May 26, 2015
  • Depending on how it will be used determines if I am going to hand bind or machine bind the quilt.
    If it will be used for a child, I will machine bind since it will get much use and many washings. A wall hanging quilt, I bind by hand. All other quilts, really depends on which application I feel like using at the time.
    That’s how I roll!!

    —Barbara OC on May 26, 2015
  • I machine sew binding to the front of the quilt, fold to the back, then hand sew the binding down on the back. One thing I always have trouble with is getting the two ends of the binding to meet nicely. I always have to look that technique up so they meet smoothly.

    —Karen L. on May 26, 2015
  • I always sew on the front and fold over and hand stitch to the back with the ladder stitch. I also stitch each mitered corner. Thanks for all you post.

    —Jenelle Boxberger on May 26, 2015
  • I finish my binding by hand as I find it Quite relaxing and helps me to feel that I’ve given the quilt a final extra personal touch.

    —nannynette on May 26, 2015
  • I prefer to bind by hand. I enjoy some hand sewing and like to keep my hands busy while watching television.

    —Diane S on May 26, 2015
  • I always flip it over to the back and sew it by hand….I like the way it looks and even if takes a little longer is worth it, as I really like the look!

    Would live to win the books though, can always use more tips…:)

    —Jeanette S on May 26, 2015
  • I sew the double fold binding on by machine then turn it to the back and hand stitch it down. I actually like this process because I spend the time thinking about the person who I made the quilt for. Since I send out big quilts to be machine quilted this is my only chance to do a bit of handwork.

    —LynS on May 26, 2015
  • Usually by hand but dependes on who I’m making it for.

    —Becky Whitehead on May 26, 2015
  • I prepare my binding, then pin and sew it at a 1/4″ to the front of the quilt. I then iron the binding over equally to the back of the quilt, pin it and hand sew it in place. If it’s a curved object I prepare and use bias binding similar to my first method.

    —Jenny on May 26, 2015
  • I machine stitch the binding to the back and then to the front. I take time to make nice mitered corners. My quilts are to be used and I am not much for handwork.

    Always I can use a new book.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Valerie Clark on May 26, 2015
  • Just like these instructions

    —Debbie Pete on May 26, 2015
  • I machine stitch the front edge, then hand stitch the back. Now I’ve done a few, I find my stitches are even and almost invisible, and my hand stitching time is when my mind can wander – visualise my next project, plan activities with grandchildren or next holiday, maybe solve the problems of the world – and suddenly the binding is all finished and looking good.

    —Lesley on May 26, 2015
  • Always by hand and in front of the TV. Or another place is on the road or at a VA hospital during one of my husbands appointments. I like to take a small stack with me to work on at either spot since I can get it all done and that includes putting the label on the back of the quilts. It keeps me form being bored and gets another item finished.

    —Sandy on May 26, 2015
  • I usually sew the binding on the back first, then flip towards the front & sew down by machine. I want my quilts to be used & washed & used & washed, so I figure the binding will last longer sewn by machine. Thanks.

    —JoyceLM on May 26, 2015
  • I love to sew my bindings by hand. It seems just the perfect touch for completing a project. I am never 100 percent happy with machine binding but always enjoy the process when hand binding even if it is not perfect. I do resort to machine binding when I do placemats or baby quilts for others but all my personal projects are hand bound; even the placemats. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

    —Audrey on May 26, 2015
  • Hand stitching for me.

    —Dot H on May 26, 2015
  • I love hand stitching the binding.

    —Sandy k on May 26, 2015
  • I have never machined sewn the binding. I am a hand stitcher.

    —Vicki H on May 26, 2015
  • I usually hand sew the binding which belongs a very long process for me, however for smaller projects, l do the sandwiching and then flip and stitch and finish off with machine stitching.

    —Anne on May 26, 2015
  • I use the machine and sew it by hand. It depends on the look I want.

    —Patty on May 26, 2015
  • I usually hand sew the bindings because I think it looks more nicely finished off. For charity quilts I will machine stitch the bindings basically due to time constraints. When I do the hand stitching I usually plan on a couple evenings in front of the tv catching up on my shows.

    —Sue Fender on May 26, 2015
  • I’ve never had any luck with machine sewing binding (maybe these books could help!) so hand sewn all the way x

    —Katy M on May 26, 2015
  • I sew the binding on bigger quilts by hand. But often use my machine to sew the mini quilts and mug rugs!

    —susie on May 26, 2015
  • i have tried machine stitching the binding but was not happy with my results, therefore I always hand stitch to the back. I really enjoy hand stitching, so this is not an issue.

    Judy Smith on May 26, 2015
  • I usually sew my bindings by machine. I’m not one for hand sewing.

    —Deborah Fowler on May 26, 2015
  • I like the look of hand sewn bindings so that is the norm even though I don’t actually like to do it.

    —marlene on May 26, 2015
  • For over 50 years I stitched my bindings down by hand. In the last few years, donating 99% of my quilts now, I sew the binding by machine. I fold it to the back,securing it first with a very, very fine tip line of Elmer’s Washable School Glue, pressing it dry as I go, per Sharon Schamber’s glue technique. Then topstitch from the front. Perfect back finish.

    I have always cut bias binding. I prefer that rather than a single thread or two along the fold that can eventually break and fray.

    —Karol on May 26, 2015
  • I generally use a machine, as most of the quilts I’ve made are fairly large.

    —Karen Cohn on May 26, 2015
  • I sew a double fold binding to the back of my quilt then fuse it down to the front followed by a decorative machine stitch. It eliminates so much hand-stitching and looks really beautiful. I use a hem-fusing product and if too wide just cut it in half in short lengths – too easy!

    —Julie Coppleman on May 26, 2015
  • I hand stitch my bindings. It is a pleasant experience for me.

    —Virginia in AK on May 26, 2015
  • I sew the binding to the back of the quilt and then flip it over and machine stitch it on the front! (Unless it is a special quilt and then I machine stitch it to the front and hand sew it to the back!)

    —Bev Gunn on May 26, 2015
  • I sew bindings down by hand. I have tried to do it by machine but it always seems to look messy.

    —Lisa Marie on May 26, 2015
  • Machine on front by hand to back but I’m here to tell you if I could get a beautiful looking machine binding I’d do it!!

    —Toni Chapman on May 26, 2015
  • Always by hand. Just like in tutorial.

    —Jan h on May 26, 2015
  • I handstitch the quilts I make for my grandkids but beach quilts, and possibly a lap quilt might get the machine treatment. My mood and the time I have can be factors.
    I would love to get the Quilt Essentials books. Book 1 has been on my wish list for some time!

    —Gertrude on May 26, 2015
  • I sew by machine, but this looks much nicer. Will try this next time. thanks

    —anna donato on May 26, 2015
  • I tack binding down by hand 99.9% of the time. I just haven’t mastered the machine stitched method to produce results that are satisfactory. I save the task for times when I have a long sit – guild meetings, car travel, etc. Donna’s books look very useful to a new quilter – I’m trying to convince my sister to quilt, so these could be a great gift. Thanks for the idea.

    —Mona on May 26, 2015
  • I hand sew the binding, but I am ready to do any large quilt on the machine. My hands cramps and three quilts have sat for over two years to have the back part hand done. Who cares? It is softer to hand sew, but only I know the difference. Most of the gift giving to people could care less.

    —Linda Christianson on May 26, 2015
  • I usually have someone else do binding; these tips helped me to be brave enough to try it myself with my current project. Thanks!

    —Marty on May 26, 2015
  • I machine stitch my binding and then finish it by hand.

    Beth Brown on May 26, 2015
  • In the past I used to machine sew to the back and machine stitch the edges down on the front. Now I machine stitch it to the front and hand sew to the back. I think that an interesting question would be ‘How do you miter the corners?’ I use a binding tool.

    —Bridget on May 26, 2015
  • I probably finish my quilts the traditional hidden slip stitch. It’s easy and gives the finished quilt and binding a smooth finish. Thanks for sharing Quiltmaking Essentials.

    —Janet on May 26, 2015
  • I attach binding to the front by machine and then turn it to the back and hand sew.I have yet to have one come loose in 15 years of quilting. Besides, finishing the binding is about the only handwork I can do neatly and precisely. Other than that, I’m a machine girl.

    —DebMac on May 26, 2015
  • I stitch the binding by hand. It may be a slow process but is very satisfying when done.

    —Diana O on May 26, 2015
  • I always hand stitch. I haven’t gathered the courage yet to try it by machine. You know how it is, so much time and effort goes into a project, why screw it up at the last?

    —Jaleh on May 26, 2015
  • I always do the binding by hand.

    —Cynthia on May 26, 2015
  • I stitch mine by hand. I actually find it quite a relaxing finish to a quilt.

    —Pat on May 26, 2015
  • 99% of the time I sew by hand … it relaxes me and gives me some time to appreciate my work and often the long armers work. Most of my quilts go elsewhere so it is the last bit of time I have with them before I send them on their way.

    —Tonie Peterson on May 26, 2015
  • My bindings are always sewn by machine. I make a lot of quilts and most are for children, for charity. Machine sewn holds up quite well.

    I have the first book and am looking forward to the second one. The first is excellent so the second should be superb.

    —JoAnne Turnbull on May 26, 2015
  • I have always handstitched my binding to the backs of my quilts. I would love to use these 2 Essential books for ideas on finishing UFOs I have!!!

    —Barbara Pricola on May 26, 2015
  • I love to hand-stitch my bindings to the back and take particular pains to make my stitches as invisible as possible.
    When I started, my stitches were very visible, but I soon learned that travelling my needle under the backing fabric then up into the fold of the binding before coming back down, directly below where the needle went into the binding, created a stitch that was so tiny as to be practically invisible.
    I have a friend who hates to bind her quilts, so we have an arrangement; she pins my quilts in preparation for quilting and I bind her quilts. 😀

    —Kayt Deans on May 26, 2015
  • I prefer to stitch my binding on quilts by hand. I find it relaxing, and a source of joy as it is the last thing to do before it is finished.

    —Anita Treasure on May 26, 2015
  • I only sew the second edge of my binding by hand. I love the look of "invisible" stitching.

    —theresa on May 26, 2015
  • I hand stitch the binding. I think it looks so much nicer.

    —Connie Leydig on May 26, 2015
  • I always sew the binding to the back of my quilts by hand. Great giveaway – I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

    —Linda Webster on May 26, 2015
  • I hand sew the binding to the back or the quilt. I don’t mind hand finishing since it comes out looking great.

    —Karen Watkins on May 26, 2015
  • I machine my binding. Thanks!

    —Jan on May 26, 2015
  • I have not completed many quilts. Those I have finished needed to be completed quickly so I used my sewing machine, I do not think my hand sewing up to the finishing of a good sized quilt.

    —Karen on May 26, 2015
  • By hand.

    —Marjory W on May 26, 2015
  • Always by hand. This is my way of letting the quilt know how much I have enjoyed the entire process. My way to caress it and say goodbye,knowing it will be caressed again.

    Jan Lund on May 26, 2015
  • My grandmother could sew the binding on the machine. I always finish mine by hand.

    —Janey on May 26, 2015
  • I’ve done both machined wide binding & also hand binding….. I prefer hand binding as i can sit & watch TV snuggled up under the quilt while I watch & sew…. I have to admit it is the only hand sewing that i enjoy as it means the quilt is almost finished – exciting.

    —Suzanne Keal on May 26, 2015
  • I always use a hand sewn blind stitch when sewing binding to the back of quilts. I think it gives a neater more professional appearance to the front.

    —Jean K on May 26, 2015
  • When I’m applying a binding, first I sew it to the front of the quilt. Then I turn the quilt and pin the binding to the back. I then turn the quilt to the front again and move the pins from the back making sure that the binding will be caught in the stitching when I stitch in the ditch from the front. It’s a little time consuming but for me not as bad as trying to stitch the binding by hand. When done, the stitching does not show from the front and because I use a matching thread, it looks good on the back.

    —Wanda Burchie on May 26, 2015
  • I used the method in the tutorial sewing it on the front and then hand sewing to the book. I have never been able to make the binding look good when machine sewing both sides to the quilt.

    —Judy on May 26, 2015
  • I hand stitch my Binding to the back of all my quilts. However when making placemats-which I makea lot for gifts- I machine sew the binding, as they are more likely to be washed more often.

    —ELIZAJANE on May 26, 2015
  • I prefer do to my binding by hand. It makes it look more crisp & lines flatter

    —Sheila Ivany on May 26, 2015
  • I like to sew the binding on the back of my quilts by hand.

    —Linda Fleming on May 26, 2015
  • I like the looks of hand stitched binding but if I’m in a hurry I will machine stitch the binding down. Thanks for the tutorial a good refresher. I’d love to have these books.

    —Chris on May 26, 2015
  • I’m a hand sewer.

    —Polly Blank on May 27, 2015
  • I have only hand sewn the quilt binding. It takes a while to do and I do put it off as long as I can!

    —Nicole Sender on May 27, 2015
  • I sew the binding on the back of my quilt by hand, although if it’s a baby quilt, I sometimes go back and machine stitch it down.

    —Jean HS on May 27, 2015
  • I always hand sew the binding to the back – It is relaxing and I am certain that the binding will have the amount of fullness I want.

    —Jane from MA on May 27, 2015
  • I usually hand bind my quilts, but I did try a method of putting it on my machine that adds what looks like a piping was added with the binding. It was a nice edge finish for the quilt. I will have to try that again, but hand binding is what I do the most.

    —Phyllis Beneditz on May 27, 2015
  • I stitch the flip side of the binding on by hand. I just like the way it looks over machine stitching. Besides, I love to applique, and for me this is just a long, straight applique piece, very meditative.

    —Lynn D in NC on May 27, 2015
  • I prefer binding the back of a quilt by hand.

    —Joan Furrey on May 27, 2015
  • I always hand sew my bindings. I find it relaxing and gives me time to reflect on the finished quilt as well as plan my next project!

    —Diane on May 27, 2015
  • I sew binding on my quilts usually by sewing the first part to the back with the sewing machine then turn the binding to the front and use a decorate stitch to sew it down

    —Nancy Bonnette on May 27, 2015
  • Bind to the back by hand!

    —Vin on May 27, 2015
  • It depends on the quilt. If it is a child’s quilt or utility quilt that has been machine quilted and will get a lot of wear and washing, I machine stitch the binding. If it is a hand quilted or show quality quilt, I hand stitch the binding.

    —Bea K on May 27, 2015
  • I usually finish binding my quilts by hand. It’s tedious work, but a gratifying finish!

    I did just machine-bind a double oven mitt and matching pot holders so they should hold up well to frequent washing.

    —Kathleen D on May 27, 2015
  • I always add my binding by machine, as they are usually for heavy usage and I want them to wear well

    —Cindy Rogers on May 27, 2015
  • I always hand stitch bindings on quilts. I sometimes machine stitch bindings on small projects.

    —Vicki Fox on May 27, 2015
  • I prefer to use my machine.

    Lisa Garrett on May 27, 2015
  • I usually sew my binding on the back of quilts by hand while watching a good movie.

    —Amy Cofer on May 28, 2015
  • It depends on the intended use for the quilt. If it is going to be washed regularly, as for a child or a charity quilt, I attach the binding to the front of the quilt and turn to the back, pinning well, and machine stitch in the ditch from the front, catching the binding on the back. If the quilt is for an adult, or is going to be shown in a show, I still attach the binding to the front, while still on the longarm machine, and turn the binding to the back and hand stitch in place, making sure all the miters are stitched also.

    —Helen J Grantham on May 28, 2015
  • I sew the binding on by machine, from the front of the quilt. It took some practice, but I can now do it and it looks good and doesn’t require re-work.

    —Sue Payne on May 28, 2015
  • I do both hand and machine stitching. Depends on my mood

    —Joanne Roberts on May 28, 2015
  • I usually sew the binding down on the back by hand. I find this to be the last, calming, part of making a quilt.

    —Nancy N on May 28, 2015
  • By hand, I think it looks better.

    —Grandma Quilter on May 28, 2015
  • I sew most by machine because it is so easy. I don’t make show quilts, so the binding doesn’t matter to me or the receivers of the quilt. If I want something to do to keep my hands busy, I might stitch by hand, but that is far and few between.

    —CindyM in Oregon on May 28, 2015
  • I always hand stitch to the back. It just gives an invisible finish which looks more professional.

    —Riley Middaugh on May 29, 2015
  • I machine stitch my binding to the front using my walking foot then hand stitch to the back. I find handwork very relaxing! Thank you for the great giveaway…I could use some quick methods to empty my UFO project boxes! : )

    —Ann in PA on May 29, 2015
  • I have tried both ways, but I think that even though it takes more time that the hand method of attaching the binding to the back makes for a neater more professionally finished look. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Carolyn on May 29, 2015
  • By hand….relaxing for me after all the machine work.

    —Linda on May 29, 2015
  • I want it done, so I do it by machine! =)

    —Evie H on May 29, 2015
  • I haven’t tried anything yet. Going to give it a go this weekend on my first finished project. Nervous, but confident. We’ll see how it goes!!!

    —Kathie Peters on May 29, 2015
  • Ugh…binding, I do it by hand…have book 1 and love it!

    Lynn elliott on May 29, 2015
  • Machine. By hand is slow and I feel like it’s not secure enough, but I’m probably doing it wrong.

    —Allison C on May 29, 2015
  • by hand

    —rachel on May 29, 2015
  • Hand-stitched

    —Marilyn Logan on May 29, 2015
  • I always sew bindings on by machine. Hand sewing and I do not get along.

    —Christina on May 29, 2015
  • When binding my quilts I machine stitch the front and hand stitch the back. I would like the same neat result from machine stitching but so far no go.

    —Phyllis Holcomb on May 29, 2015
  • That depends on the intended use. If it’s a baby quilt for loving use or a charity quilt, I put the binding on the back and bring it around to the front and sew by machine. If it’s a gift or a quilt I really like how it turned out, I hand-stitching the binding.

    —Dar on May 29, 2015
  • Most of my quilt bindings are totally machine stitched as they are baby or throw size quilts. I hand finish the binding on special quilts like a wedding.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on May 29, 2015
  • I usually sew the binding on the back by hand. I like the hidden look. I guess I have not mastered the machine binding, seems to show too much.

    —Donna W on May 29, 2015
  • I don’t finish my quilts from the back side – I apply my binding to the back side, fold across to the right side, and topstitch on the top side. Or apply to the back side, fold the entire width, right up to the seam line, to the right (top) side, leaving no "binding" on the back side. Great (if not classical) finish, and so much quicker than "traditional" hand finished stitching on the back side.

    —Julia on May 29, 2015
  • I use the machine to sew the binding onto the front of my project, then turn it and finish the back by hand.

    —Mary P on May 29, 2015
  • Machine stitch front to back, with the walking foot, and then the finishing touch is the hand stitching on the back. I too think that is the neatest way but for speed, baby and kids quilts, machine stitched totally. As we all hope, toddler’s quilts will be thoroughly used, often abused, and loved.

    —Joan Trautwein on May 29, 2015
  • I do them mostly by machine now. Saves me lots of time.

    —Caroline Joyce on May 29, 2015
  • A hand-finished binding announces to everyone that this indeed is a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind quilt, not something purchased at a department store. It takes me longer these days, as my hands aren’t what they used to be, but I enjoy finishing my bindings while watching television or listening to music. However, quilts for my rough- and tumble grandsons get bound by machine to stand up to many washings and many years of being used as tents, superhero capes, and impromptu picnic clothes.

    —ConnieB on May 29, 2015
  • Machine

    —Linda on May 29, 2015
  • I have previously done all my (limited) quilting by hand but I am planning to try a (mostly) machine stitched quilt soon. I have been reading and watching lots of tutorials as I have chosen a color scheme and pattern. This is going to be a huge project for me that I anticipate will take me several months, if not a year or more to complete because I am making a king size quilt with coordinating pillow covers and curtains. I am hoping to complete all of this before my husband and I celebrate our 38th anniversary. I know that he will be especially pleased to have something homemade and practical as a gift!

    —Robin on May 29, 2015
  • I machine stitch, and I usually use a decorative stitch, and topstitch the binding, so it adds to the beauty.

    —Madeline on May 29, 2015
  • Iprefer to machine stich my binding, both front and back.

    Nelda Oberheu on May 29, 2015
  • I usually sew my binding on by hand. I have tried to do it by machine and can never get it stitched correctly. I seem to miss catching part of the binding.

    —Cindy Schultz on May 29, 2015
  • I enjoy sewing bindings to the back by hand.

    —Mary on May 29, 2015
  • It depends, if it’s just a quick small project then I often times do it by machine with a decorative stitch. If it’s a quilt for a special gift, then definitely I do it by hand, looks so much nicer.

    —Yvonne J on May 29, 2015
  • I stitch my binding with the machine.
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    —Karen Propes on May 29, 2015
  • By machine always.

    —Margaret on May 29, 2015
  • I almost always hand stitch the binding on the back. Of course, when I know there’s going to be lots of washing involved, I switch to machine stitching. Thanks for the opportunity to win the lovely batch of fabric.

    —Janet Spaid on May 29, 2015
  • I use to do it all by hand and now I do it all by machine. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Renea on May 29, 2015
  • I do it the same way except I sew the back first, flip to front and machine stitch the front down. I didn’t know how to get the miter on the front though, thanks!

    —Cindy S on May 29, 2015
  • I sew them all by hand.

    —Stephanie on May 29, 2015
  • Machine stitch the front and hand stitch the back.

    —Kathleen on May 29, 2015
  • I only ever sew my bindings onto the back of a quilt by hand. Gives my hands something to do while watching Netflix!
    Thanks!
    Quilty Huggs,
    Jacqueline

    Jacqueline VH on May 29, 2015
  • I do my bindings by hand because I feel a better sense of control and because I find it relaxing.

    —Elena on May 29, 2015
  • Definitely by hand.

    —barb on May 29, 2015
  • I like to stitch my binding on the quilt by machine. Then I gather a needle, spool of thread and scissors and relax in a comfy chair to sew the backside down by hand. There’s nothing more rewarding than pouring a glass of wine, putting on a movie and stitching the final part of a quilt I’ve worked on for so long. PS: Don’t forget to stitch on a label!

    —Mary Smith on May 29, 2015
  • I have a problem with binding quilts. I usually mock bind my quilts but I am going to try to machine bind my quilts soon with traditional binding. I really do not enjoy hand sewing.

    —Bridget on May 29, 2015
  • I usually hand stitch my binding to the back. However, if I am in a hurry with a piece or it is for a child (heavy wear and tear!) I try to machine stitch it, but I am never as happy with it.
    I got this book last week and it is super. Would love to have another to share with my daughter-in-law!

    —Rosalie on May 29, 2015
  • I almost always sew my bindings on my machine. If it is a VERY special project, I will sew it down by hand.

    —Carol Kussart on May 29, 2015
  • I hand sew all mine except for the charity quilts that they would rather have machine stitched.

    —Peggy C on May 29, 2015
  • For special quilts I hand sew but for those ‘everyday wear’ projects I use my machine to bind them. But, I do prefer to hand sew the bindings and use the opportunity as a TV watching job 😉

    —Janet G on May 29, 2015
  • Thanks to carpal tunnel in both wrists and hands leaving my right thumb unable to bend or totally straighten, I cannot do the hand sewing that I previously could and did do when binding. So, now I use my machine for all my bindings, which can be problematic at times. These books look very interesting and would probably be very helpful.

    —Sylvia Drury on May 30, 2015
  • Depending on the recipient of the quilt and how hard it will be used (by a child or by an adult) I will vary my quilt binding sewing. But I find that I like the machine sewn version the best for speedy binding.

    —Karen F on May 30, 2015
  • I usually use the machine to attach the binding then fold over and hand stitch the back down, even for baby quilts.

    —Margaret C on May 30, 2015
  • My daughter puts binding on for me, sewing it on the front by machine and by hand on the back. I can’t hand sew any more and my machine binding looks awful!

    —Joanne on May 30, 2015
  • My preferred method for quilts is to machine-stitch binding to front, then turn to back and hand stitch. About the only things I machine-stitch both sides are some charity quilts that require a machine-stitched binding and small quilts like pot-holders that will be used in my own kitchen. All gift quilts have hand-sewn bindings.

    —Claire on May 30, 2015
  • I do the same method and finish by hand

    elr on May 30, 2015
  • I put my binding on with the machine

    —Tammy on May 30, 2015
  • I sew the binding on the back by hand.

    —Nancy Angerer on May 30, 2015
  • I sew the binding to the front of the quilt by machine and then turn over and hand sew to the back to get a tight fit.

    —Marlene on May 31, 2015
  • I put binding on by machine and then hand sew it to the back.

    —Rose Landon on May 31, 2015
  • I put binding on the quilt by machine and machine sew the binding to the back.

    —Carla S on May 31, 2015
  • My binding is totally by machine.

    —Ellee on May 31, 2015
  • I use my machine whenever I can. My hands just don’t hold up to hand stitching much anymore.

    —Susan Clarkson on May 31, 2015
  • Machine sew to the front and hand stitch back except baby quilts I machine stitch back.

    —Mary Ann on May 31, 2015
  • I usually have stitched my binding to the back by hand, but I would love to be able to machine sew the binding so that I can get the quilt finished faster.

    —Jamie on May 31, 2015
  • I sew all my bindings by machine on the front and by hand on the back.

    —Jeannette on May 31, 2015
  • I love the calming rhythm of hand sewing the binding to the back of the quilt. I ‘get in a zone’ and find hand sewing the binding onto a quilt to be a relaxing ‘no-brainer’ activity!!! 🙂

    —Marcia B on June 1, 2015
  • I find that sewing by hand looks so much nicer and looks like you took a little more time to do finish work on the project.

    —Barbara on June 1, 2015
  • I flip binding to the back and stitch in the ditch from the front. All by machine. I sometimes sew the mitered corners by hand.

    —Karen Hawes on June 1, 2015

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