Nearing the end of projects sewn on quilting machines like the Juki Exceed HZL F400 is an exciting time. With the quilt almost completed, the final step is adding the binding. This can be done a number of different ways with Juki quilting machines, and adds the last finishing touch to a quilt before it is ready to be enjoyed.
The Purpose of Quilt Binding
Binding is the fabric trim that gets sewn around the outer edge of the entire quilt to complete the project. Its main purpose is to create a finished edge around the fabric layers to hide the unfinished edges, although binding can certainly be decorative. Binding also protects the edges of the quilt during use to prevent the stitching or fabric pieces from unraveling.
Choosing the Right Binding Fabric
Binding fabric should be chosen based on the strength required to protect the quilt and then on its addition to the project as a design element. Projects made on Juki quilting machines like the Juki Exceed HZL F400 that will see regular use should be bound with a more durable fabric like 100% cotton. If the piece will be hung on the wall, it could be bound in a finer, more decorative choice like a satin. For greatest durability, this edging can also be double folded, meaning it is made from two layers of fabric rather than just one. Curved edge projects may require bias-cut hand pieced binding.
Binding Colors and Patterns
Binding can be done with a matching fabric or a contrasting one, in any pattern desired. Some prefer to keep their edges more subtle so as not to draw attention away from the top design, while others like to make the edges a part of the design itself. Binding is commonly done in a darker color; however, when sewn on quilting machines so this edge is not as visible, a lighter color or the same fabric as the outermost border may also be used.
Patterns, plaids, and stripes are popular choices for bindings, and different cuts - longways, cross grain and bias - make interesting quilt edges. Some even make binding from material scraps from the project, sewing pieces together to create a hand-sewn edging tape. The sky's the limit when adding the final edge to the project with a Juki Exceed HZL F400, as there are many different looks that can be attained with different fabrics and techniques.
Different Sewing Methods
Just as there are many different fabric choices a quilter can use to edge their project, there are a different ways they can choose to affix that edging as well. A standard binding is called a single-fold, as it is made from a single thickness of material or a bias tape that gets sewn on with just the cut edges tucked under. More desirable and also more durable is the double-fold, or French fold; it uses a wider strip of fabric that is first folded in half and then sewn onto the quilt. Additionally, some may use the technique of machine stitching onto the top of the quilt, then hand stitching onto the back.
With these many choices in fabric and technique, it may seem like a quilt will never get finished; however, adding a great quilt binding is well worth the effort. This finishing touch will go quicker than expected using quilting machines like the fun Juki Exceed HZL F400, with the project being finished in no time. When sewn on great Juki quilting machines, a beautiful binding is the final step for what will turn out to be an amazing homemade creation!