I am working on the binding of Calamity Jane today and thought I would share a bit about my process. This is not a full out binding tutorial. Just a few tips. I love vintage enamelware and have collected it for some time. I use it a lot in my sewing room. When I press my bindings, I let it side off my ironing table into a bowl.
It stays loosely pooled in the bowl until I am ready to attach it. It never gets wrinkled or out of sorts.
When I hand sew the binding, I do not use any pins, clips etc. to hold the binding in place. I’ve realized recently that I hold things a bit differently than a lot of quilters. I place the quilt face down on my lap with the binding facing me. I take a stitch into the backing and catch a small bite of the fold with my needle. I hope you can get the idea from this picture. I use my left hand to hold the binding in place an inch or so ahead of where I am sewing. It is like a small applique stitch. The stich in this picture is a bit bigger than what I normally take but I wanted you to see what I meant.
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