Friday, June 27, 2008

Terrific Binding Technique

Recently, Debra Spincic mentioned using Sharon Schamber's binding technique as shown on this video. (There are three parts, but it's worth watching.) Sharon uses Elmer's School Glue instead of pins at all stages of the binding to hold everything firmly and it gives amazing results. I tried this out on a charity quilt that I just finished binding, and it's wonderful. Sharon says she does this for her show quilts, but I think it also works beautifully on something quick that you just want a fairly neat looking machine stitched binding. It's actually much quicker than the pinning I have to do for decent looking results, especially on the second stage. I didn't have her glue applicator tip either, just the regular tip of the bottle. You can see my results here. I didn't even try very hard, and they still look good, although they'd look even better if I had my glasses changed so I could see the ditch to stitch in better! The slightly-out-of focus first photo has the same effect :) Forgot to stitch down the miter too--mea culpa.



6 comments:

Joyce said...

I tried her methods too and my binding turned out 100% better.

Vicki W said...

I agree, that method is the BEST!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Gosh, I'll have to give this a try.

Debra said...

No comparison!

Rian said...

That looks great. I use hair clips to hold my bindings, but may have to give this a whirl.

dee said...

I tried this on a small piece recently and it worked great. fewer lumps and bumps which, unfortunately turn up way too often on my work. Being math challenged I often fudge a lot. this definitely helps with the fudge factor.