Want more time to quilt? Machine stitch your binding

Want more time to quilt? Machine stitch your binding...

Thanks to some motivation from Amanda at A Crafty Fox, my goal is to finish my WIPs before the end of the year.   She gives a prize every week if you follow her on IG and post your finished project.  I love a prize.  A can of Diet Root Beer will get me to do most anything. Now and then, I run across the notion of machine stitching the binding onto the quilt.  Personally, binding is the only time I have to watch Tim Olyphant, aka Deputy U.S. Marshall Ralen Givens.  Ugh.  Love that show/him.  So I’ve been hesitant/stubborn about looking into what’s all involved.  But then there’s this dilemma about how to achieve said goal.  So, I went to the Master, Rita @ Red Pepper Quilts, and read her tutorial.  Then I tried it. It works. It’ll change your life. I feel like I’m cheating on Ralen. I’m not going to re-do the wheel here, and tell the same story.  You can click on the link above.  But I do encourage you to try it.  Rita notes that she uses a lot of pins.  I did this as well.  At first.  But I was concentrating so HARD on staying in that daggum ditch, that I kept running over my pins, and I kept stabbing myself.                                     I thought about all the binding clips I just bought, and wondered how they might work instead of the pins.   Turns out, they work really well!  I like this machine stitch binding option, a lot.  I also like binding by hand.  And I really like to watch T.O. on Justified.  So, I’ll still use both.  I just finished a 100 x 100 quilt.  That’s 400″ of binding.  That machine is lookin’ good. I will re-emphasize a few things Rita said: use a lot of pins (or clips if you want to try my way),  keep your 1/4″ steady when you initially machine sew the binding onto the front, use the walking foot, & set your stitch length at 3mm.  And keep calm…it won’t be perfect the first time!  But it was close!  And it’s very easy to fix the parts you miss.  As Rita said, either hand stitch those, or go over them again w/ the machine.  It’ll get better w/ practice.  No question it’s a huge time saver.                                 Thanks for checking it out!...