Friday, April 1, 2011

Applying binding while on the Longarm

I wanted to share how I apply binding to a quilt while still on the longarm.  This is a tutorial on how I do it.  There are other ways that I have tried,  but this works best for me.

...beware..lot's of pictures!

prepare binding...

cut on the diagonal

iron a quarter inch fold

press in half...this is the first part of the binding that will be applied to the quilt

after I am finished quilting the quilt I start on the bottom-right of the quilt when applying the binding...start stitching the binding down about 6 inches in from the start of the binding...hoping the quilt is square, I set the channel lock...that helps get a good acurate 1/4 inch. (Luann did very well with her borders and her quilt was completely square!)

start stitching..

..try best to stay 1/4 inch from edge..or edge of foot

when coming to the corner..stop a 1/4 from the corner

don't stop and cut thread...just take your channel lock off move foot down off quilt and to the side

re-position your binding

fold binding down and up just as you would if you were doing this on your sewing machine


now move the foot back to the end 1/4 inch from the left side of the quilt and start stitching

I don't have channel lock up and down...practice and precision and it will be good enough

bottom done heading up left side...

keep repositioning the binding

now when you advance your quilt..(heading back to the top) leave the needle in and then should never have to stop and snip your thread...unless you make a boo... boo...

you also shouldn't need to support your sides with clamps..

now you've made it to the top left...same as the other corner

set your channel lock for across the top done heading down right side

a little something I do when sewing the binding on the left and right sides is I put pressure on the base plate with my hand...that gives me more control of the machine and helps me stay 1/4 inch to the edge of the quilt

now I've made it around the last corner and coming to the beginning of the binding

cut off about and inch past the beginning of the binding

now tuck that end right inside the beginning end

stitch across that tuck to the beginning stitches and take me about 10 minutes for lap size

now...before I go to the sewing machine to stitch down the binding...I iron it first...

from top of quilt...iron it over

from back of quilt iron it over

I stitch in the ditch on the top and catch the back...since I have ironed it, I don't need to pin the binding...I usually catch the back of the binding with no problem...(on this quilt I didn't miss one time)

this is a picture of the back of the binding

this is the picture of the can see the stitches in the ditch a bit...but not bad

wow...that was alot of pictures...hopefully that made sense!  I do bindings for customers quite often and this is how I do it!  

 I do want to give credit to Sharon and Pam..these idea's are not all mine..Thanks ladies!
Thanks Luann for letting me use your quilt as an example!


  1. Wow, thanks for the tutorial....not sure if I'm brave enough to try that.

  2. Thank you for the step-by-step directions. Very informative!

  3. I googled "putting binding on a quilt on the long arm" and came up with your blog! Great tutorial! Now I am ready to try it on my Gammill Optimum.

    I also LOVE the feather pattern that you quilted on the quilt. Is it freehand? Do you have any tips for that? Did you sew a spine first? I would love any hints you may have.

    Donna in Happy Valley, OR

  4. This makes so much sense! Thanks for sharing. I'll be giving this a try.

  5. i have always wondered how this was done on the long arm. I am going to have to try it myself. Thank you so much for posting, very great information and you make it easy to understand.

  6. Awesome! Thank you sew much for sharing!

  7. These instructions are far and away the best I have found on this subject. thank you.

  8. Best instructions on how to sew binding using longarm. Went right to longram and followed your instructions-no problem.. I think this is much easier than the old way! Thanks, Sandra