Edges with Style
A practical and sturdy way to finish edges, binding also subtly adds to the style of sewn items when it is a contrasting color, interesting print, or sewn with a decorative stitch. Along with quilted items, bias binding can be used in garments for edge finishes, ties, laces, and straps. See how to achieve binding success using various BERNINA accessories.
French Binding Techniques
French binding is made with a wide bias strip folded in half lengthwise. After the raw edges of the binding are stitched to the quilt raw edge, the folded fabric is wrapped around
the quilt edge and stitched in place. Learn how to use Lap Seam Foot #71 to hold the binding in place as it goes under the needle for the final stitching.
BERNINA Binder Attachment #87
Binder Attachment #87 wraps pre-folded bias tape around a fabric edge, holding it so the needle can stitch along the edge, securing the front and back of the tape in one operation. Learn tips for use.
BERNINA Binder Attachment #88
Binder Attachment #88 works in a similar way to Attachment #87 but starts with a flat bias strip of fabric, rather than a folded tape. The strip is folded by the attachment as it wraps it around the edge to be bound. This opens up creative possibilities of making custom edges using any fabric of medium weight, such as quilting cotton fabric. Learn tips for use.
Tips for Mitering Corners
Give quilts a professional look by mitering the corners as you sew the binding to the edge. Whether you are finishing your project with French Binding or are using a BERNINA Binder Attachment, learn the secrets to sewing perfect mitered corners every time.