I wanted to share a few more hints & tips for using the Janome Quilt Binder. There have been a number of blog postings about this incredible Janome accessory. Please scroll down the archives on the right hand side of the screen and you will find them all to review. There are at least 4 or 5 other blog postings on this attachment with much information and assistance.
Some of the information here is a review of previous postings but I have added some more hints & tips. I have recently bound 10 or 11 small quilts and placemats so I have had a lot of practice again after being so busy with the launch of the Janome Horizon MC12000 for quite a while.
- Assemble the Quilt binder accessory as per instructions on the blister pack and previous blog postings on this website.
- Feed the 2 inch wide binding strip into the binder wrong side facing you & pull about 4-6 inches of folded binding out under & behind the sewing machine foot. Lower the foot to hold the binding in one spot.
- Feed the quilt edge into the “mouth” of the quilt binder accessory. I would suggest you start well away from any corners and leave that tail of 4-6 inches of the binding – you will need it for the final joining of the 2 ends of binding.
- Select the stitch you wish to use for attach your binding (straight or decorative) and adjust the 2 front screws hoding the quilt binder to the base plate until you are satisfied with the needle drop for the stitching. You can certainly adjust this again once you start sewing if this is necessary.
- I would check that the seams you have sewn previously to join the binding strips are NOT going to fall near or on a corner. It is not an impossible task if this does happen but it does make things a little trickier. So avoid this if you can. To review: Do NOT press these join seams open: there is no point as the seam will just flip backwards as it feeds through the binder. Rather press all seams towards the end of the binding strip. Try NOT to stretch the binding as you press.
When you start nearing a corner: continue sewing to the EDGE of the quilt or placemat. Do NOT stop 1/4 inch before the edge like you do with the more traditional method of binding quilts. Cut the threads and raise the presser foot. Then pull the binding carefully out of the binder unit and under the foot going straight backwards. Do this gradually in 2-3 inch segments finger pressing the folds on the quilting table/sewing bed of the machine. Pull at least 4-6 inches out to the back to give yourself enough to work with when you do the next step.