NEW JANOME QUILT BINDER ATTACHMENT

A number of people have spoken to me about this new attachment. They are very interested and want to know more about how it works.  I have spent quite bit of time “playing” with it and will share some things I have discovered: 

I am, first & foremost, a quilter so when I received the advance information about this new attachment, I was not overly impressed. My nose was high in the air when I said to myself that I can do a queen-sized quilt binding from cutting the strips of fabric to finished in under 1 1/2 hours so why would I, as a quilter,  want to use this? It is also not an inexpensive item so I had serious doubts it would sell well. Short version of the story is that I had to eat my words!!! The very first event where I promoted this attachment, I sold ALL the inventory we had of the item in our warehouse and it immediately went onto back order. We have had several shipments arrive since then and it is currently on back order again. SO……I am sorry, I was wrong. You LOVE this new attachment and are buying it like there is no tomorrow. 

I have also now bound about 5 or 6 quilts using this attachment and I also now LOVE it too!! I think I could very easily do a queen-sized quilt binding in well under an hour. I have not actually timed myself yet as I have been so busy since April with promoting and traveling with the Janome Horizon that I have had absolutely no time to do any big quilts this year. BUT I am working on another Smith Street designs embroidered quilt: applique-in-the-hoop. I think I have now embroidered about 24 blocks so far but I keep plodding along as I need 48 blocks – I am planning to make a quilt which hangs to the floor level. Why am I always so ambitious? When it is complete, I will time myself when I add the binding.  So under an hour is my educated guess for now.

The resaon it is SO much quicker is that you are not having to sew the binding all the way around the quilt, doing the little stop/start at each corner to fold the mitered corner; THEN go to the ironing board to press the binding outwards; THEN sit and pin the binding over in place all the way around the quilt: THEN sew the binding down. If you sew your binding by hand, you will know that takes many, many hours. If you do it by machine, it is a good deal quicker but will still take upwards of 1/2 hour or more if you are slick & confident about it.

NO…….with the new quilt binder attachment ALL of this is done in ONE pass around the quilt: the binding is fed into the attachment and then you feed the quilt into the attachment and sew………the binding is wrapped around the quilt edge AND sewn in place in one go. Going from corner to corner, takes a matter of minutes. Yes, you do need to stop at the corners to fold the mitered finish but you have to do that with the other method too.

I refer you to the blog post by Linda (our Educator in Toronto) back in July 2010 – just scroll down through the archives and you will find it easily. She did a wonderful posting with pics and instructions of how to use this Quilt Binder attachment. She specifically shows how to do those folded mitered corners. It may seem a bit fiddly to start with, but then so did doing piped and scallop binding seem fiddly when I first learnt that from Ricky Tims.  I love all these techniques now as the results are SO WORTH  it.

The quilt Binder attachment Part #846421007 starts with binding strips 2 inches wide and does a finished quilt binding of 1/2 – 5/8 inch wide. This is a pretty standard binding size in the quilting world.  If you feed a SINGLE strip of fabric through the binder attachment, you will have a single binding on the quilt.  ( see pic below)

Now I KNOW us quilters love our double bindings, so I experimented with feeding a DOUBLE layer of fabric through the binder attachment and it worked just great.  (see pic above).  I found it worked perfectly to lay my binding fabric on my cutting table right side up & then spray it with fabric adhesive. I then laid another piece of the same fabric (right side up) on top of the glued fabric and then smoothed it out so that there were no air bubbles between the layers. I pressed it at the ironing board and then cut my 2 inch strips as though it was a single layer of fabric.  I then joined these and fed them into the binder in the same way – it worked perfectly so I was super pleased.

If you read the back of the blister pack for the Quilt Binder, you will see that it mentions that it is only for use on the following machines: MC11000- all models; MC6500P; MC6600P and MC7700/Horizon.

It also mentions that you may use binder attachments previously available for the Janome Coverpro/CPX to obtain different finished size binding on your quilts. In other words, the binder part of the Coverpro/CPX binder attachments will work once screwed onto the quilt binder base plate on your sewing machine. Obviously, you will not use the base plate that comes with the Coverpro/CPX attachments as it has a different configuration to fit that serger.  HOWEVER, Janome has packaged these 2 alternative size binders with different part numbers just for the quilt binder – no base plate as you already have that  with your Quilt Binder. 

Part # 795842007 takes a 1 5/8 inch wide binding strip for a finished binding size of 1/2 inch. (see pic below)

Part # 795824014 takes a 1 1/4 inch wide binding strip for a finished binding size of 3/8 inch – so quite narrow. (see pic. above).

So, if you already have these Coverpro attachments…..great, you can use them with your quilt binder. If not, and you do not own a Coverpro,  please use the above Part Numbers to buy attachments that do not include base plates you will not use.

I hope this helps and answers some of the queries you have been asking me during my travels. If not, send me a comment and I will post more on this GREAT quilt binder attachment.

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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13 Responses to NEW JANOME QUILT BINDER ATTACHMENT

  1. WENDA STASCHIK says:

    Good day I have a Elna Q6600. Will this foot work on my machine as I can not find one from Elna.Thanks. Wenda
    WendaIStashik@gmail.com

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Wenda

      No, sorry, I do not think this will work on this model machine. Please look at your bobbin cover – Is it a rectangular or square shape? I think the Elna 6600 has a square shaped bobbin cover? Correct? If so, then sorry. no. The Quilt Binder attachments are comptible only with machines which have a rectangular shaped bobbin cover.

      Liz
      JANOME & ELNA CANADA

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  2. Carrie says:

    Looking for advice. I have practiced and gotten comfortable with the Janome Quilt Binder Set. I’ve tinkered and toyed, actually used my husband’s dremmel tool to grind down one of the edges to make it shorter so that the top and bottom guides matched up evenly. I’m telling you, I’ve really tried hard to perfect this tool. I’m committed to making it work! I’ve gotten quite good at corners. I’ve gotten good at catching both the top and bottom of the binding with a simple straight stitch (I’ve got them lined up perfectly!). I’ve gotten almost to where I’m consistently happy with how stretched the binding is, so that the finished edges aren’t wavy (too loose) or too tight. Still kinda finessing that one, but I think I have a good understanding of it and just need more practice. But the ONE thing that I canNOT figure out is how to get that binding really full of quilt sandwich. There is a pronounced extra bit of binding fabric that is not full. You can pinch the finished binding and easily pinch off 1/8″ or so that is just the two layers of binding fabric, with NO actual quilt sandwich between them. I read some advice about really “gagging” the quilt sandwich into the mouth of the binder tool, and I promise, I DO. I’ve also found that I get better results in this regard by angling the tool (with the screw that attaches it to the needle plate) so that it’s at a square 90º angle to the walking foot – as opposed to the angle that makes it a more gentle flow out from the binder tool. But it’s just not satisfying me. Perhaps related: the other thing I’m not happy with is that I wish I could get the widths of the binding fabric that fold inward into the middle of the binding, to go FURTHER into the binding. So, for instance, let’s say the finished binding is 1/2″ wide. The fold-inward parts are only 1/4″ side. I want them to fold/wrap inward more, so that the raw, cut edge of the binding fabric basically folds all the way to the folded (outermost) edge of the finished binding. I hope I’m not making things clear as mud. I think experience Quilt Binder Set users will understand what I’m trying to describe. Any advice would be appreciated! (Please don’t just refer me to my local dealer – I actually had to inform THEM about the very existence of this Quilt Binder Set.)

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Carrie,

      I do understand what you describe. You did a good job of making yourself clear. I do know this tool very well.
      Not sure I can figure out what you adapted though with the dremel tool and I’m not sure we would have recommended that. Did you realize that those 2 little screws on the top, front of the binder are for adjusting the fold over top & bottom of binding?
      Unfortunately it seems you have tried the things I would have suggested.
      Are you cutting the binding strips selvage to selvage ie across the width of the fabric so there is a small amount of stretch to thefabric? NOT on the straight grain or bias. I find that does not work for me – none or too much stretch in the fabric creates wrinkles and stretching/puckering I dont like.
      Also : are your strips exactly 2 inches wide? The binder tool will ONLY do 2 inch wide for 1/2 inch finished.
      And it is what it is: it turns the raw edges under as you describe. It cannot turn it under more fabric. That is the way it is designed.
      I don’t find my binding not “filled” with the quilt to the edge. I’m satisfied with what I get. And I have probably bound hundreds of quilts and runners, wall hangings, etc.
      Without seeing and feeling your binding, and actually watching you do it, it is hard to say more. I am actually the one who tells people when I demo this tool about the “gagging” and the “mouth”. But you know about this already. Just be sure your quilt is supported adequately on the table and is not dragging away as you might be pushing it to the back of the “mouth”but the weight of the quilt might be pulling it back? Not sure, just a thought.
      Have you tried passing a double layer of fabric through the binder tool? I have done this many times. I would possibly cut the inner piece a little narrower (1 1/2 – 1 3/4 inches?) and sandwich the 2 layers with fabric spray adhesive before joining the strips. Possibly use a flannel or slightly thicker fabric for the second inside layer? This might give a little more body and fullness to the binding and “fill” the binding more to your satisfaction?

      Good luck.
      Liz
      JANOME CANADA.

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  3. lizafrica says:

    We posted Part 1 today. Please refer to the blog posting dated 29 November for the link to the video + to all the many step by step instructions we have offered since we launched this accessory. All of this should be more than enough to get you well on your way to using and enjoying this attachment.
    Liz

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  4. Bonnie J. says:

    Has the video been made to help us learn to use the binder set? I have looked in lots of places for find some help, but nothing yet. It is alot of money for an addition to my 7700 and can’t find out how to use it. Please help!!

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    • lizafrica says:

      Bonnie,
      Who is your local dealer? Can they not help you with a demo until the video is ready? That really is your first place to obtain asistance. The dealer you purchased the binder from should know how to demo & use it.
      To tell you the honest truth, Bonnie, I had no help at all. I followed the instructions on the inside of my blister package when I got the binder for the first time in May 2010 as those instructions were all that was available worldwide at that time. But we realized folk were asking for more information hence we posted pics and advice back in July and Nov of 2010 on the blog (see blog archives).
      I did not get it perfectly right for my first few attempts but I persevered and eventually was totally confident about using the binder. I practiced on some small projects like placemats (or even just scrap quilt sandwiches) until I was satisfied with the results I was getting, especially for turning the corners. Then I started binding all my quilts (big & small) and I have not looked back! It works beautifully.
      Until the video is ready, my advice would be to visit your dealer for a demo. Then carefully follow the 2 blog posts I refer to and practice: This tool is really one where practice makes perfect.

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  5. Carolyn says:

    I just rec’d a Jamone 7700 for Christmas and also a new binding tool. I have not used the tool yet and looking for a video out there. I know there must be one somewhere.

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    • janomecanada says:

      Hi Carolyn,
      We have had lots of requests for some video help and inspiration on the binder. It is on our early list of filming to do. Thanks for checking in with us and for the suggestion.

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      • Margie Pendleton says:

        I cannot find a video demonstrating turning the mitered corners using the new binding attachment. When is this video going to be made…it is April, you said it is on your early list of videos, that was three months ago!

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      • lizafrica says:

        Hi Margie,
        We are hoping to get a video made in the next few months. It was not possible before now as the Fall & Spring are incredibly busy with most of us Educators away from the office traveling to dealer’s stores & shows. However, if you speak to your dealer, perhaps they can demo the Quilt Binder to you? I know that I have demo’ed it at most of my Dealers (Western Canada) and to many, many of their customers as I have traveled across Western Canada since May last year when this Quilt Binder was launched. Sorry that I did not meet you & have the opportuntiy of showing you just how well & easily it works – on corners as well!

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      • lizafrica says:

        Video is still coming but I have just posted a 3 part series on the blog about using the Quilt Binder. Hope this helps you.

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  6. Gail Rodgers says:

    Thanks for the great tip since I have never managed a decent miter! I have saved it for the day I own the quilt binder foot (which will take some savings!). I have linked to your blog for others that may be looking for help and so I can come back and enjoy looking through all your posts. http://sipandsew.blogspot.com/

    Just seeing the word Saskatoon brings back many happy memories of college in Regina back in the 70’s. Boy do I miss Canada! What a lovely country.

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