The Binding Tool Explained – Learn The Perfect Binding Technique


Hi, this is Jenny, from the Missouri Star
Quilt Company, and we wanted to do a little update on our binding tutorial. We’ve had
some calls about it and some concerns from people, and we thought that if we went a little
bit slower that it would work for everybody and you’d be able to see it. I’ve been
using this for awhile and I love it. So, let me show you how I do it, and then we’ll
go from there. So, the first thing you want to do is you
want to put two pins on the edge of your quilt that are 12” apart, because this is where
you’re going to start your binding, and end your binding when you attach your binding
you will leave a tail of about 6” – 8”. So, we’re going to go to the sewing machine
and sew this on and then I’ll come back with this binding sewn all the way on and
we’ll work it out from there. OK, so here we are back. We’ve sewn our binding all
the way around and stopped at the two pins that we have put right in here and left our
10” tails. So, now if you’ll watch carefully we’re
going to take this binding tool and we’re going to lay it right in there. Snug in there
to the stitch line, pull it out here. On this line where it says mark, we’re going to
mark. Then we’re going to open this up, and we’re going to lay this binding tool
with the mark line on the mark line. Which is pretty self-explanatory, and we’re going
to trim that. Trim off that little point. The little point helps you line it up when
you put it together to sew it. So, you want to trim that off. OK, so this side is done. Now on the tool
it says this side is always up so we take the tool, we rotate it around this way, and
we lay it snug under here and we mark on the mark line on this side. Now this is really
the big difference that people aren’t getting. Usually they’re binding ends up being about
2 ½” too big and it’s because of this mistake right here. We don’t lay this on
the mark line. On this side we put the tip on the mark line. Now on the newer rulers
it shows this diagram on it, but for those of you, of us, who have an older one like
this one. This is written in the instructions, but you need to remember. So, your mark doesn’t go in the mark line
but the point goes on the mark line and then we go ahead and cut that, and then you will
have a perfect little, whoops, that didn’t cut, hang on. There we go, and then these
will lay together. You open them up and put them together like this, because your binding
is pressed in half you’ll have that center line also. You can stick a little pin right
in there and sew this down, and then this will be a perfect
binding strip. So, let me go sew that and we’ll show you
how we lay that down. OK, so here we are at the sewing machine, and we’re
going to put these two edges together. So, you just bunch up this part where you’ve
sewn, lay these two pieces on top of each other like this and you’re going to take
at least a ¼” seam. This is not one of those times where you have to have a scant
seam. You just take a good ¼”, sew it across there, and then when you open this up it’ll
stretch out and be the perfect size to fit in your 12” space, so, now let’s go ahead
and attach that down. OK, move that out of here so you can see.
Alright, so now we just come along, make sure that’s lined up on the edge, and by doing
this you won’t be able to tell where your binding started or where it ends. Alright,
so, there we go, and then you just bind like regular. This edge will curve around, and
you’ll stitch it down right there, and it’ll be a perfect fit. So, there you have it! A
new and improved binding tool! We hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the Missouri Star
Quilt Company! One more thing, if you like our videos and
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