Bind the Edges, Part 3: Finish the Binding
For this step we will need the almost-finished organizer with the binding attached.
We will need:
We will also use these tools:
- Sewing machine with 1/4" foot
- Wonder Clips
- Pins, extra-fine
- Stiletto/pressing tool
Objective:We will finish binding the raw edges to finish the organizer.
Let's get started:1. Turn the binding to the main fabric side of the organizer and stitch along the folded edge to secure the binding.
In a perfect world, the folded edge of the binding should just cover the previous line of stitching so that when the binding is stitched on the main fabric side, the stitching on the other side falls in the ditch at the edge of the binding on the back. Life is seldom perfect, but here are some tips to get as close as possible.
TIP: Fold the binding over to the front all around the organizer before you begin stitching to double-check that it covers the previous line of stitching evenly all the way around. If the binding comes too far past the line of stitching, you may need to take a larger seam. If it doesn't cover the line of stitching, you can either trim some of the fabric in the seam allowance away (this is especially common on corners) or adjust the width of the seam. seam.
If desired, you may clip the binding to the organizer as you go around. Wonder Clips work very well for this step.
2. Use the tip of the stiletto to pull the binding into place. Align it so that the folded edge is about 1/8" past the previous line of stitching.
3. If you are stitching on a Bernina using the #37 foot, align the foot so that the inside of the left side of the foot is right along the folded edge of the binding. This puts the line of stitching about 1/16" from the fold which should put the line of stitching in the ditch on the back.
The rough edge of the ByAnnie stiletto/pressing tool really helps to grab and pull the binding into place and keeps the point from sliding off the fabric.
4. Flatten and smooth the binding around the edges as you go. Make sure that the binding completely covers the previous line of stitching. Trim excess fabric in seam allowance if necessary, especially on corners (see step 1).
5. Use the stiletto to hold the binding in place as you stitch, especially in bulky areas where you cross seams or other bindings.
6. The rough tip of the stiletto can be used to pull the binding into place in areas that are tight.
If you need more help with bindings, check out these video tutorials from my website:
Make A Simple Project: Join the Binding, Part 1:
Make A Simple Project: Join the Binding, Part 2: