Before I conclude my 3 part series on how to use the JANOME QUILT BINDER SET, I think I should pre-empt queries about which machine models this Quilt Binder will work on. Please note that this Quilter Binder is for use on the following Janome sewing machine models ONLY: MC11000 (all models); Mc6500P; MC6600P; and MC7700QCP/Horizon.
let’s pick up where we left off at the end of Part 2:
Continue attaching the binding to the quilt until you are about 6 inches from where you started.
STOP sewing by doing a lock or tie off stitch and cut the threads.
Remove the quilt and the remaining binding strip from the Binder attachment.
Remove the Binder attachment and base plate from the
Put the bobbin cover back onto the machine and switch to
either a regular foot or satin stitch foot. You certainly could use the Janome Acufeed foot or regular walking foot, but why bother – you are only going to be sewing down the last 4-6 inches of binding. Remember……this is fun……big deep breaths!
You will now join those 2 tails of binding. This really is done in a very similar way to how you join your continuous binding.
Lay the quilt flat and fold the 2 binding tails until they meet ……but not quite: leave about 1/8 inch between the 2 ends.
Mark these 2 folds with a pin, fabric marker or finger pressing as this will be your sewing line so you need to see it. Cut away excess binding leaving seam allowances of approx ¼ inch.
I usually fold my quilt and pin it to take up the slack so that it is easier to work with the ends to join.
Sew the join. I do mine straight across. You are welcome to
do the slant/45 degree angle seam if you prefer. I just have too little time and too many quilts, so I opt for the quick option!
Press seam OPEN + tuck raw edges under on both sides
of the quilt.
Pin in place on the quilt. I find that putting a set of pins
vertically on the back with the heads sticking beyond the edge of the quilt & then a second set on the top (running along where you will stitch) works best. That way you know all edges are accounted for!
Take out pins as you go and stitch down the last section of binding.
You may press the corners and this should be enough to hold in place. However, if you prefer, tuck a little piece of Steam-a-seam 2 under the corner folds before pressing. Ask your local Janome Dealer about this product – they are bound to have it to sell to you. I usually use the roll of 1/2 inch wide and just tear off a tiny piece to pop under seams & corners etc. Wonderful stuff!!
Of course, you can slip stitch by hand but that is generally not my style.
REMINDER: SEE BLOGPOSTS JULY AND NOV 2010 for more about the Quilt binder. The November 2010 blogpost covers single and double binding as well as other size bindings.
Please contact your local Janome dealer if you are as smitten with this Quilt Binder as I am – if you do not have a Janome sewing machine that this Binder will work on, your local dealer will be most happy to show you one of the above models …………I DID say that it saves you a whole lot of time doing your quilt bindings!!!! Don’t laugh…..you would not be the first person to buy a new sewing machine just to get your hands working on this incredible Quilt Binder.