Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Quilt Binding Tip

Today I was flipping through a quilting sales catalog and found an item that automatically folds your binding as you pull it through the gadget. Now you can press it quickly at the price of $25.99.




While I think the invention of many quilting gadgets has been wonderful (especially the rotary cutter) I think I'll save my $25.99 and stick with what I learned way back when I first started quilting on this one.

39 comments:

Jennifer @ Stitchin' Thyme said...

Well said, I think you know what you are talking about - I agree!!

onlymehere said...

I think I'll save my money too!

Pat said...

I agree...some things just aren't worth the money to me, either.

Shakerwood said...

Thought you had lost your mind until I read the last paragraph. I was about to tell the boys that you had heat exhaustion!!

Impera_Magna said...

While I'll all for things that speed up the sewing/quilting process... a gadget for $25.99 better make the binding and sew it on the dern quilt for that price!!!

Darlene said...

I had a momentary panic till I read on - whew!!! LOL

I'll save my money, too. :-)

Barb said...

you are so right!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

I think you are right. $25.00 will get me a couple of yards of fabric, at least. And you know we love to build up our fabric stash!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I so agree! Some of those 'time saving' gadgets cost way more than they are probably worth. The 'old' way works fine for me too! Have a happy day!

Vivian said...

Looks like you're folding your binding with my favorite tool too -- a single pin on the ironing board with an open space to pull the fabric under -- tah dah!!!!
folded binding. You're one smart cookie!

I've found a couple duplicate tools/rulers I bought over the years, same dimensions and markings, but different name. One pair is even from the same company. That's ridiculous marketing, but I fell for it.

Gayle said...

I don't even press my binding in half before I stitch it on to the quilt - and it seems to work just FINE for me!

Brooke said...

Perfect! You just "saved" $25.99 that can easily be rationalized into a NEW FABRIC purchase!!!

You're welcome. :-)

Stray Stitches said...

Sounds like something I can definitely live without!

luv2quilt2 said...

I saw that as well, and figured that my little pin would do that job just fine.

Valerie Z said...

I learned how to fold things in half many moons ago so I definitely don't need a tool to do that now! As others mentioned, good money for new fabric!

Lori said...

I hardly own any gadgets and what you show is the reason!!

Wendy said...

Money saved here. I'm not a big gadget or tool person, sometimes less is simpler and easier.
Wendy

Teresa said...

I am a total tool girl, but some of things out there are CRAZILY excessive!!! I wouldn't give anything for my rotary cutter or my sewing machine, but this sounds like it deserves a pass with a capital "P!"

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Janet O. said...

Hear! Hear! What you said!!

Candace said...

Hee - I thought that was called an iron - lol - and I already have one!! Funny what people will spend money on - I can buy a good deal of fabric with 25.99!!
Cheers!

Marisa said...

I agree, I don't use anything fancy to make binding either.

Janet said...

I remember reading that tip in a magazine years ago and it really does work brilliantly.

Kim said...

I use this method of ironing down my bindings and it never fails me. I think it's a shame to make more outta doing this than need be - just to make a buck. Sigh.

QuiltSue said...

Sometimes I think gadgets are invented just for the sake of it. I wonder how many people have bought this and then put it straight in a cupboard to gather dust?

Kathie said...

I agree having every new gadget out there is a storage problem for me PLUS for most things give me the old fashion way , maybe its a comfort thing, I know how to do it and it works just fine! I would rather have more fabric ;)
Kathie

JCnNC said...

I am with you on this Mary - of course someone will come up with a gadget - we are a money driven society - but the old ways work fine for me and I would much rather have fabric. I am just saying... Judy C www.shadetreequilting.com

Needled Mom said...

I agree. I could buy more fabric with that $25!!!

Needled Mom said...

I agree. I could buy more fabric with that $25!!!

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing this great tip again.

LynCC said...

The other thing is that pulling bias-cut bindings (which I almost always yes) through any tool s t r e t c h e s them out! no good!

Michele said...

Thanks for the tip :-)

AnnieO said...

No one ever taught me that one before, Mary! Thanks for the idea :) Gadgets always seem pricey to me too!

Debi said...

I am with you, I can iron my own for $26.00 lol

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I will be saving my money too. For something so simple as folding over your binding there really isn't a need for a special tool.

Mary said...

LOL

Cheryl said...

I totally agree....I'm thinking $25.00 to be spent on fabric!!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Me too! I was thinking the same thing today when I was browsing through a catalog!

Chris said...

Yep, I'd rather iron my own and spend 25.00 on more fabric OR even better spend it on having my quilt quilted by some wonderful long armer. ;)

Sharon said...

I use a safety pin on a piece of muslin! It cracks me up how much money these gadgets can cost and how much extra work they entail!