Sew Shelly Quilts
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I met you at the Longmont Bernina University Class, and I talked to you about the problems I had with using the Foot 71 binding technique on some flannel baby quilts I had just made. I am currently trying to put the binding on a quilt with a fused background, so there is Seam a Seam 2 in the edge. I used Stitch 13 to consolidate the edge. Nonetheless, I am having a battle with this, particularly on the corners. I watched your video before attaching this to make sure I was doing it precisely. Urgh! You suggested that I might need to set the needle closer to the middle on flannel, and I wish I had tried this on the quilt I am working on. I just thought I’d bring this to your attention and see if you have further suggestions or caveats for the Foot 71 technique.
Thanks for your comments. I would set up a sample that will stitch for 5 or 6 inches and then turn the fabric to the back to see if the fabric has the width you want. Move the needle to the left or right according to the need to make it correct for the thickness of the project you are on. The sample could be the actual edge of the quilt by lengthening your stitch so that it is easily removed when you are ready to actually attach the binding.
Pressing the binding away from the stitching after sewing to the front will really help get the full use of the binding width also. And once again, the corners need to be folded and stitched with precision. Too much or too little fabric will make the miter difficult to complete.
I hope these comments help. Shelly
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