Today I thought I would share how I make my bias binding from start to finish with mitered corners and also using the Simplicity binding machine. Im making the binding for my Celtic Solstice Quilt :)
The binding machine saves so much time, before I had it, I dreaded standing there at the iron folding the strips, pressing, folding, pressing, now its so much easier and in 5 minutes through the machine I have the perfect binding done for a queen size quilt and no more hot fingers
Ok so the attachment that comes standard with the machine will make your binding double folded and need 2 inch strips, there are other sizes that can be purchases separately but I have not as yet, I may purchase another attachment for 2 1/2 strips as if I was not using the machine I usually cut my strips at 2 1/2 but the 2 inch is working out great so far.
Cut yours strips 2 inches, I cut 9 strips for this quilt, its a queen size and I had a little left over
Make sure to cut off the selvedge on all strips
Lay your first strip right side up having the bulk of the strip to your left, take your next strip and place it right side Down, lining up the edges and having the bulk of the strip toward you, I just let it fall on my lap.
Stitch from the top left corner across to the bottom right corner, you can use a ruler and draw the line if you like
When you open it out this is what it should look like, Continue stitching all your strips together
Take your now Very long strip to the cutting mat, place the ruler on top and line up your stitch lines with the 1/4 inch line on your ruler as shown
Trim off the excess fabric and press the seams :)
Im going to place my strip with right side facing up under the metal clip on the roller attachment with the bulk of the strip at your left and begin rolling the strip on the bar anticlockwise
Rolling Rolling Rolling
The strip then gets inserted into the metal folding attachment, it comes off the machine and clips back on, sorry I should of shown that part
Here is the hot plate, pull your strip and lay it across the plate leaving a few inches extra as shown
Clip on the roller attachment on top, you can see the is a little fabric outside, this is just to get it started, you do need this otherwise it can jam up and we don’t want that.
Now for the fun part, :) turn on the machine, check to make sure its on the Cotton setting and set to slow. The machine will start heating up and the “ready” light will light up and you just press “run”
Ive made a video showing the machine doing its magic from start to finish, it is 5 minutes, but I just wanted to show the actual time it takes, and 5 minutes for my binding to be double folded and pressed is Awesome so here it is :)
Ok so now we have the binding made, its time to machine it onto the front of the quilt :)
Place the binding right side down and line it up with the edge of your quilt, you will need to leave a good 3 inches behind your needle to allow for attaching it to the other end.
Using a 1/4 inch foot, stitch along until you are about 1/4 inch away from the edge, do a few reverse stitches and remove from the machine.
Pick up your binding and fold it back keeping the outer edge of the binding along the edge of the quilt as shown
Now fold the binding forward on top of the previous fold, again keeping the edges of the binding lined up with the edges of the quilt
Stitch down the side, again stopping 1/4 inch away from the edge, reverse stitch and remove, fold back, fold forward and continue around the quilt
Nearly finished :) I leave a few inches of overlap of binding here, cut off any extra
Lay out the binding and open out 1 side and fold it in about 1/4inch, place your other piece inside and fold the side in as shown
Continue to stitch along the edge until just past where you start, take a few reverse stitches and you done :)
Now your ready to fold your binding over to the back and begin hand stitching
This is how I do my binding, it may not be how others do theirs but I hope it was helpful:)
Is this how you do your binding or do you have a better or easier/faster way? I would love to hear
Thanks for reading