Binding a Quilt Using the Binding Foot | Madam Sew

Binding a Quilt Using the Binding Foot

Hi! Today I want to show you the fastest way to bind a quilt: use Madam Sew’s binding foot! This foot is a snap-on foot that fits many brands of sewing machines and is also referred to as the bias binding foot.

Binding foot on a finished quilt

The Binding Foot Explained

The binding foot features two screws that allow you to adjust the width and the position in relation to the needle; it is a snap-on foot, so installation is simple. It accommodates pretty much any binding you will ever need, thanks to its sliding guide.

snap-on foot
sliding guide

The second screw allows you to align the binding with your needle, even if your machine doesn’t give you the ability to adjust the needle position.

If you are wondering if this foot will fit your sewing machine, read this blog about sewing machine shanks and presser feet or get in touch with our customer service hello@madamsew.com 

Preparing the Binding before Sewing

Before you install the foot on your machine, you need to prepare the binding and insert the quilt. Once this is done you will move the whole thing to the machine.

 

1. Slide the double-fold binding from the front towards the back, making sure that the folds go around the guides. Leave a two to three inch tail behind the foot.

slide the double-fold binding

 

2. Gently pry the guide open and slide the edge of the quilt against the binding’s center fold.

gently pry the guide open

 

3. Use a few pins or sewing clips to secure everything in place around the foot while you take it to the machine.

use pins or clips to secure

Installing the Binding Foot

This part is simple! Just slide the quilt with the foot attached under the presser foot shank and bring it down so that it hooks over the foot’s center bar.

installing the binding foot with sewing clips that hold the binding in place

Next, adjust the needle position so that it is just to the right of the edge of the binding. Alternatively, you can loosen the back screw on the foot, and slide the binding so that it is positioned under the needle.

adjust the needle position when using the binding foot

Start Sewing the Binding

Bring the needle down, remove the pin or clip closest to the front of the foot and start sewing slowly. While you sew, hold the binding firmly around the edge of the quilt and stop frequently to readjust.

start sewing

Turning Corners with a Binding Foot

As you approach each corner, estimate or mark where you are going to need to stop in order to turn at a right angle.

turning corners

Slow down and stop with the needle down, back-stitch and cut the thread. Now you can release the presser foot and slide the quilt out with the foot still attached.

slow down and stop with the needle down

Remove the foot from the quilt. Fold the binding at a ninety-degree angle away from the side you just finished and against the edge of the quilt’s side that you are getting ready to bind.

remove the foot from the quilt

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As you fold the binding, create a 45-degree angle right at the corner, and pin it in place on both the front and the back.

create 45 degree angle right

Now slide the binding and the quilt back into the binding foot and slide it all the way to the corner, so that the needle hole is right where the stitching from the previous side ends; secure with pins or clips.

slide the binding and quilt back

Bring everything back to the sewing machine and hook the binding foot’s bar to the presser foot shank. The front of the foot may be too high due to the multiple layers of fabric folded at the corner, if that is the case, slide a folded scrap of fabric of paper under the back of the foot to even it out and start sewing (even a short, thick ruler like the one I’m using in the picture will work).

bring everything back to the sewing machine

Continue to the next corner and repeat until you have done all four.

Joining the Ends

Trim the ends so that they overlap by one inch, then mark a line right in the center of the overlap. This will be your stitching line.

joining the ends

Stitch right in the line you just marked, trim the seam allowances to ¼” and finger press open.

Stitch right in the line you just marked, trim the seam allowances to ¼” and finger press open.

Fold the binding over the edge of the quilt and secure with pins or clips.

secure with pins or clips

Binding the Ends with the Edge-Joining-Foot

For this part, we are not going to use the binding foot, as you can’t slide it all the way over the already stitched end. Instead, use a stitch-in-the-ditch foot.

Align the edge of the binding against the right side of the blade, adjust the needle position so that it will also be to the right of the blade and start sewing slowly, checking that the bottom edge of the binding is being caught in the stitching.

binding the ends

The stitch in the ditch foot was my all-time favorite quilting foot, but the binding foot is serious competition; I can’t resist a speedy finish after all the time put into quilting. That is what this foot does, it speeds up the process of installing the binding considerably. It works pretty well with this little quilt but I wouldn't recommend it for heavy quilt projects with wide binding. It can't handle a lot of bulk.

If you are interested in other presser feet, follow this link and browse through our presser foot catalogue. We also have some other tutorials about sewing quilt binding:

New to quilting? We have a complete beginner series about quilting too

Show us your work in the comments, and ask us any questions as well, we are always happy to answer them.

Happy Quilting!

Ana

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4 comments

Not only do I LOVE your products, your tutorials are so very helpful for this long time seamstress now in my 80th year - sewing since I was in the fifth grade (10 years old). I am now trying to sew up ALL of my fabrics, scrapes and all, before the Lord comes for me. ;)

Anonymous

What a fantastic foot. I have often tried to figure out how to make just such a foot. Perfect. Wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much

Morgan

Great video! Going to try this technique on my next quilt!

Ru

I have trouble knowing if your feet will work on my Bernina machines. This sounds like a great tool.

Cindi Trunk

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