If you have been reading my blog for very long you probably know I’m not a fan of machine binding. It doesn’t bother me if other quilter’s put their binding on by machine, it just isn’t something I’m very good at. Because I’m not good at it, I don’t like doing it.

But sometimes, a girl just has to step up and do things that are outside her comfort zone. Working on Rita’s quilt was one of those times. She asked me to quilt and bind a quilt she was giving as a gift and we were in a bit of a time crunch. Rita usually likes her binding put on by machine so I have had opportunity to practice. And I have to say, this most recent project looks pretty darn good.

Striped binding sewn on by machine

For me, the key to a successful machine binding is using the correct settings on my machine in combination with binding cut an appropriate width. I finally realized that those will probably be different for every quilt as so much depends on the loft of the batting and the width of the binding.

For Rita’s quilt, I cut the binding at 2-3/4″ width, and sewed it to the back of the quilt using a 3/8″ seam allowance. This allowed the binding to be folded to the front and stitched along the top edge without stitching through the binding on the back side. It also made the binding a bit wider which shows off that great striped fabric.

Sewing binding on by machine

Binding being stitched on the top of the quilt
Back of the quilt shows the stitching line along the binding
Binding on the back of the quilt

In the pic above, you can see how the stitches from the front run right alongside the back of the binding. This is the look I was going for – yay! BTW, don’t you just love that backing fabric and the striped binding? This quilt was a kit from Bluprint (Craftsy) and has a Kaffe Fasset feel to it. Anyway…I digress. Back to the binding…..

Binding by Machine
Finished binding – this is the front of the quilt
Binding by Machine
Mitered corner

I’m really pleased with the binding on Rita’s quilt. I’ll keep practicing so I can be sure all the bindings I do by machine look this good. It certainly is a lot faster than stitching everything down by hand! (But I do love to have hand work to do – makes me feel connected to the quilt.)

What is your preferred method of binding?

Oh, I almost forgot! Here’s a pic of the design I quilted. We used an allover design of dragonflies since the quilt will be given to Rita’s granddaughter. The thread blends pretty well but I’ve circled one of the dragonflies in red in the pic below.

Have a great weekend!