During some of my recent blog-hopping, someone mentioned ironing the binding once you’ve machine-sewed it down on the front of the quilt. (I didn’t keep track of where I read that tip — sorry!) And I thought about that statement, did a big Huh? and Hmmmm….
And then I did it. I attached the binding to the front of the quilt by machine, as I usually do. Then, as I’ve never done before, I took the quilt with half-sewn binding to the ironing board and ironed out the binding.
Man, it makes a binding *much* easier to hand sew because you’re not fighting it quite so much to turn it over the edge! Does everybody else already do this???
Another quick tip which I’m sure others do: use clips to fold it down so you’re not straining your hands quite so much.
And yet another tip which I’ve never done but have considered: serge the edge of the quilt before attaching the binding. My edges usually are stay-stitched, but I’ve never serged the edge before. I *think* serging could be useful, but I’ve never felt like adding that extra step, and since I haven’t had a serger for too long I fear my ability to run it straight the whole way!
Hope these tips help somebody!
OH, and the quilt shown in the picture above isn’t mine, but a friend’s quilt I was binding. So y’all get just a peak of it, and C! Come on over and get it — it’s done!
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