I had a some questions regarding the zig zag stitches along the quilts edge in this post.   I zig zag the edges after I finish the quilting & squaring to prepare the edges for binding.  It only takes a few minutes to do since I do a large zig zag, and it makes the edges so tight and neat while I’m sewing the binding on.  I started doing it along time ago after Amber posted about serging the edges…and since I don’t have a serger, the zig zag works just as well.  Try it……you’ll like it. :)

29 Responses to Binding

  1. Anna September 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    very cool, serged the edges of my last quilt and I loved it, makes it so much easier to bind. :)

  2. Aleisha September 16, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    I'll have to try this. I have a serger, but unfortunately I don't know how to use it yet :( so zig zag works for me.

  3. Megs September 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    Ooooh! I'm gonna have to try this!

  4. Jantine September 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    Wow, I never thought about that, but taht is so smart! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Buttons for Baga September 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    Jantine said it for me…WOW!!!! I can’t wait to try it. I have been hand basting, but the zig zag sounds a lot quicker and a lot better.


  6. Miss Sews-it-all September 16, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    Great tip, thanks!

  7. Raven September 16, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    Great idea- I will try it- and probably like it! Was this a reference to Yo Gabba Gabba? ;)

  8. Elizabeth September 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    Wow. This is an awesome idea, can't believe this is the first I've heard of it, it makes perfect sense! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Natalia from Piece N Quilt September 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    that's a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing!

  10. BoogaJ September 16, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    Oh my gosh! What a simple idea, but I never thought of doing it! I'm about to quilt then bind a quilt in the next week or so and I'm definitely going to do this!

  11. Always Sewing September 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    I do this too. Is worth the time, doing this. :)

  12. Merry Made Quilts September 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    Thanks for the hint!! I'm def. going to try this!

  13. Bellgirl September 16, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    I've been doing this and using a product called Charlotte's Fusible Web in the bobbin. I sew around right side up, and then when I've attached the binding to the front I can iron it down and it fuses to the back. That way I don't need to use pins or binding clips when hand-sewing the binding. I've done it a couple of times now and it's very cool! here's the product:

  14. Magnolia Bay Quilts September 16, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    Great idea! I'm definitely trying it. Your quilting stitches look really nice, too.

  15. lifeinredshoes September 16, 2010 at 11:57 pm #

    This is the next step in my quilt…PERFECT TIMING:)

  16. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny September 17, 2010 at 12:46 am #

    Fantastic tip! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Mary on Lake Pulaski September 17, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    I also serge my quilt edges before binding. It really keeps the binding neat and tidy.

  18. Zany Quilter September 17, 2010 at 3:32 am #

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  19. ~Brenda September 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    I'll definitely have to try that!!

    Now if you could please post a tip on how to not get puckers in our quilts, I'd be ever so grateful! :))

  20. Weatherbee ;) September 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    What a great idea!!! I can't wait to try this. ;)

  21. Ellie-CraftSewCreate September 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Wow, what a great tip, I'm going to be doing that from on!

  22. Kari September 18, 2010 at 4:48 am #

    I caught that same thing in the last post and thought to myself, "boy, I learn something new each day." Thanks for the details–very helpful.

  23. meagangracie September 18, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    I've been having some problems with fraying after I wash the quilt and have been considering starting to serge my quilt edges too. It's good to know other people do it.

  24. Annie September 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    Brilliant! I don't know why it never occurred to me to do it in the first place!

  25. Nancy September 19, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    That is good to know! Thanks for the tip!

  26. fiberdoodles September 21, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    This is a great idea. What size do you cut your binding?

  27. Nenny Septiana September 26, 2010 at 3:05 am #

    Hi, this is a very nice idea. I always have problems with my fabric edge. Doing binding with frail edge is quite a challenge. So your idea to make zig zag sew is just fit in with what I'm looking for. Thanks a lot!

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