I thought I’d do another post with more about using decorative stitches for binding, and go into detail about specific decorative stitches I have used on my quilts. The decorative stitches in this post are different than the one I used in the “How to Attach Binding by Machine” tutorial, and I think I like them better….
Apple Core Quilt with Bernina Decorative Stitch #57 (Aurora 440)
This was an apple core quilt that I made years ago as a class sample. Here is the decorative stitching on the front:
And this is what it looks like on the back:
This is how the corners turned out:
I find that the corners are always the hardest with decorative stitches. You can never line them up exactly, as you will see in the next pics…
~ Tip: Use Clover Wonder Clips! ~
I used wonder clips for the first time with the baby quilts, and found it helped make a much more even stitch, and particularly helped when coming to the corners:
Stop and swivel at the corner…
And the corners end up a bit like this…
Baby Quilt with Janome Decorative Stitch #131
Since I was at the shop and left Nina at home, I used the Janome Horizon, with stitch # 131:
Baby Quilt with Janome Decorative Stitch #124
On the next baby quilt I tried another stitch, Janome Horizon stitch # 124:
It’s very similar to the one I used on my Bernina for the red apple core quilt at the top of this post.
How do you line up the decorative stitches?
Back to the corners… and lining up the decorative stitches.. .well, I don’t even try really. You can never line them up perfectly. I do try to start with the needle in the first position of the decorative stich, I will even set the stitch back on straight, then back to the decorative stitch I am using to make sure it doesn’t start in the middle of a loop for example. But really, I have decided for this part of my quilting journey I need to let go of perfectionism and stick with what the Amish say about their quilts…
~ Only God is Perfect!~
So how do I decide which decorative stitches to choose for my binding?
I’ll post about that next week, so stay tuned 🙂
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