Binding a Quilt Using the Binding Foot
- Ana Sancho Rumeu
Today I want to show you the fastest way to bind a quilt: use Madam Sew’s binding foot!
The Binding Foot
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.
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.
Preparing the Binding
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.
2. Gently pry the guide open and slide the edge of the quilt against the binding’s center fold.
3. Use a few pins or clips to secure everything in place around the foot while you take it to the machine.
Installing the 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.
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.
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.
As you approach each corner, estimate or mark where you are going to need to stop in order to turn at a right angle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Binding the Ends
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.
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.
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