After spending countless hours sewing beautiful quilts with quilting machines like the Janome 8200QCP, the last step is adding a great binding. Quilt bindings, which hide seams and enclose the outer edge of the project, can be done in a number of different ways to create an attractive, finished border. Following is some information about the three main types of binding used on Janome quilting machines so you can choose the one that will look best on your project.

Straight Grain Bindings

Straight grain bindings are made from strips of fabric cut along the fabric grain. Typically cut as 2-1/2 inch strips of fabric, straight binding is simple to add to any project and economical as well since there is little fabric waste. Using this binding does require sewing a mitered corner, which can be difficult. Straight grain edges are best for quilts sewn on quilting machines that require a strength around the edges such as pieced projects and those with bias cut borders.

This binding does not have much give, which could be a limitation. Since the fabric has no stretch, many use straight grain borders for wall hangings and decorative projects, opting for a cross grain or bias cut border for quilts that will actually be used.

Cross Grain Bindings

A second binding option is cross grain, which is made from fabric strips cut widthwise against the grain. Like edgings made from straight grain strips, cross grain is also economical, producing little fabric waste, although this option has limitations similar to straight grain bindings. Mitered corners are required since there is not enough flexibility to apply a cross grain edge around a rounded corner.

The small amount of added flexibility that does come with cross grain makes it ideal for projects made on Janome quilting machines using straight grain borders. Cross grain is the most popular binding used on quilts sewn on machines like the Janome 8200QCP as they are easy to make and work well for both decorative projects and those that will see light use.

Bias Cut Bindings

Of the three binding options, bias cut is the most durable and is the one most recommended for quilts that see regular use. It is also considered a more traditional application than the other two techniques. These bindings are cut on the bias of the fabric and require more fabric than the other two types. The process involves a bit more work; however, the end result is an edge that is more durable and flexible.

Strips must be seamed together using quilting machines, then applied to the edge of the project. Bias cut bindings can be easily and neatly applied to rounded corners since the flexibility of the fabric allows them to take on a nice shape.

Adding the right binding to any quilt made using the Janome 8200QCP or any other quilting machine begins by determining if the quilt will be used or shown for decorative purposes only. With three different types to choose from, sewing an attractive edge to a quilt is easy. The binding is also the last step for projects sewn using quality Janome quilting machines, and the finishing touch needed to celebrate the completion of a beautiful quilt!

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