Machine Stitching Your Quilt Binding with Valerie Nesbitt

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Machine Stitching Your Quilt Binding with Valerie Nesbitt

This can add a decorative edge to your quilt too.


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Handwork or Machinework?

Putting the binding on your quilt is just so exciting – it means the quilt is FINISHED!

For those who love handwork this is also a joy but not everyone does and so Valerie shows you how you can complete the stitching using your sewing machine.

What Stitch?

Valerie’s favourite stitch for this is number 7 on her Bernina and often appears on the Janome machines as number 37. but if you don’t have either of these then a simple zig-zag will also surfice.

Some tips to remember:

  • always test the stitch you are planning to use on a spare piece of quilt sandwich – so that it immitates your quilt
  • this sewing also tests your  tension and that your machine is happy with the needle you have selected to go with the thread.*
  • remember that your bobbin thread will also show – probably on the front of your quilt
  • when using the walking foot always select a stitch design that continually moves forward – the walking foot doesn’t grip your sandwich so moving backwards can cause an issue on the design orientation

To know more about needles and threads watch Dawn Cameron-Dick’s lecture on the subject.

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