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« Reply #140 on: February 06, 2009 11:53:43 AM »

Here is a good tute:
http://www.roserushbrooke.com/how-to-hand-piece-1.html

You don't even need to have the stitches as small as hers.  My grandma did them  longer than that.  
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« Reply #141 on: February 16, 2009 04:28:16 PM »

Okay... so at the risk of sounding less than intelligent... I've made a quilt before, or rather parts, and that's the problem... I've never binded a quilt before, I had someone else do it... However, I feel having that knowledge would be fabulous... so if someone could perhaps tell me how to do it... I would be forever grateful.
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« Reply #142 on: February 16, 2009 04:49:24 PM »

I did a google search "sewing on a binding" and came up with this video.  This is how I do it.  It looks like they have step by step videos for all the things you do with quilting and in an earlier video, she probably shows how wide you cut your binding strips.

http://www.expertvillage.com/video/3787_quilting-binding-instructions.htm
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« Reply #143 on: February 17, 2009 04:05:34 PM »

I finished my quilt top now and pinned it to the backing... now I ran into a new problem. How do I quilt the bugger with nice, even stitches? It's too thick to pick up several stitches on the needle, they turn out too long. But if I do one stitch at a time, they look all wonky on the back. Is there a trick on how to get them even and straight? I can't find anything on google, they all just tell me to use a running stitch and pick up several small stitches at one time, which doesn't work with the batting and backing, I want small stitches, not one stitch per inch!
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« Reply #144 on: February 17, 2009 08:03:30 PM »

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I want small stitches, not one stitch per inch!

How thick is your batting?  The trick to even and straight stitches is to use a sharp quilting needle and go slow at first.  It gets faster as you go.  You keep the fabrics loose in your hoop as you hand quilt and you rock the needle up and down, loading several running stitches onto your needle before pulling it through.  I keep one finger underneath to feel when the needle has gone through the layers.  Eventually I develop a callous on that finger...   Cheesy

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« Reply #145 on: February 17, 2009 08:38:13 PM »

I have two layers of fleece, one as batting and one as backing. When I try to load several stitches, they end up far too wide apart Sad

*edit: I took the whole thing apart again and took one of the fleece layers out. Now it's the quilt top and one layer of thick fleece. I can sew this MUCH better! Gee, I'm probably overdoing almost everything with this quilt Cheesy I feel like an idiot now Tongue Thanks again for the help!
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« Reply #146 on: February 18, 2009 07:01:19 AM »

Fleece- like polar fleece? That sounds like a bear to hand stitch.  Maybe try machine stitching that type of material.

Next time get quilt batting for your hand stitching project.  It is much easier to quilt through.   Wink
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« Reply #147 on: February 18, 2009 07:58:23 AM »

Yes, it's polar fleece. The only thing I had available. It's a test-quilt and I'm working with scraps, I noticed that some of my materials are far too thick, too. Next time I'll get nice cotton fabrics Cheesy
Unfortunately I don't have a sewing machine, so it's not an option, I HAVE to hand stitch everything Shocked It's fun though, and I'm learning a lot!
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« Reply #148 on: February 18, 2009 08:07:05 AM »

It sounds like a fun project!  Wide apart stitches are just fine, especially since you aren't using batting. 

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« Reply #149 on: February 25, 2009 06:09:53 AM »

I did a google search "sewing on a binding" and came up with this video.  This is how I do it.  It looks like they have step by step videos for all the things you do with quilting and in an earlier video, she probably shows how wide you cut your binding strips.

http://www.expertvillage.com/video/3787_quilting-binding-instructions.htm


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