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How To Use The Binding Tool

written by Sarah

Professional quilts have perfectly finished binding. The binding is snug against the quilt; no bubbles or puckers. For us mere mortals, this use to mean a lot of guess work and hoping for the best. Well, not anymore. The Binding Tool does all the work for you.

Before any of the fun starts, you need to have 2 things finished.

1. There needs to be exactly 12 inches from the start of the binding and the end of the binding.

2. Each binding tail needs to be exactly 10 inches long. When I’m adding binding, I leave extra long tails, then cut down to 10 inches.

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Linda Campbell September 19, 2018 at 9:34 pm

Love your video’s

Deborah December 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm

Love your videos they are very helpful. I love doing mostly crafts but would love to make some easy clothing items. Someday hopefully I can take a class with others to help with learning new things. But for now just learning about machine and extra tools to help make things easier. Thanks

Sarah December 12, 2017 at 11:41 am

Thank you for visiting us!

Mary Roelli September 29, 2017 at 11:22 am

Love it.

Sarah October 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Hi, Mary! We love it, too!

Kelli May 20, 2017 at 7:53 pm

Got a question… just bought this nifty tool. Followed instructions on the ruler but somewhere I messed up and now my binding is too short… how can I fix that??? Any help is appreciated! Thanx

Sarah May 22, 2017 at 9:24 am

Hi, Kelli! Your best option is to seam zip about 10 inches into the binding you’ve already sewn, cut, and attach a whole new piece of 20 inches (or so) of binding. Make sure to attach the binding at a 45-degree angle so it blends well. This way, you won’t have two diagonal seams right next to each other. Then, you basically start all over. Sew the binding until you have a 12-inch space between the two tails and start using the tool again from the beginning. I hope that makes sense – good luck!

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Sarah March 6, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Hi, Judy! Unfortunately, I don’t think we have the part you’re describing. We sell Bernina parts here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/bernina-830-sewing-machine-parts.aspx
If you wouldn’t mind giving us a call at (888) 824-1192, one of our expert representatives may be of better assistance.

Sandra December 8, 2016 at 6:12 pm

This was the best tutorial I found, and I looked at several. I tried it and was able to make a beautiful binding. Thank you so much!

Debra April 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Thank you for the best tutorial on the binding tool!

Deborah Poole November 15, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Your tutorial on the binding tool is the best I’ve seen. Thanks a million!

Linda gummer September 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Thanks for great tips

Pam Herman Bush April 2, 2014 at 11:11 am

I have this tool and the smaller one for mug rugs or small quilts. You did a great job of explaining it here. I do suggest however that you film these videos over your shoulder looking at the project as we would be actually doing it. It makes it so much more sense to do a tutorial with that in mind. Please do another one with the mini tool when you get a chance! Again, thanks!

Sarah April 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Hi Pam! That is a great idea! Next time, it will be done over my should. Thank you for the tip!

Deborah Gonzales March 29, 2014 at 10:21 am

Thank you for a great tutorial!!!!!!

Lori March 29, 2014 at 9:06 am

Does it only work for 2-1/2″ binding or will it work for all widths of binding?

Sarah March 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Yup! You’ll just have to extend the diagonal line a bit further.

Lynne Tilley March 28, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Great tutorial, and fabulous tool. I’m getting one of those, for sure. I get so so frustrated at that particular part of the binding. It drives me nuts, no matter how often I do it. Thanks!!

Sarah March 29, 2014 at 2:32 pm

It drove me nuts, too! So thankful for this little tool!

Janet March 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Thanks for this tutorial!! I get confused when I use the tool and now I know it was happening on the second side.

Sarah March 29, 2014 at 2:32 pm

So glad it helped!


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