As someone who loves sewing and quilting and lots of other types of crafting, I get asked about sewing machines quite a bit. One specific type of sewing machine is a serger or “overlock” machine, and today I’m going to go over some serger basics for you!
I actually was sewing for years and years before ever getting a serger, so if you feel like you “need” one you might not really. While getting an overlock machine may not be essential, it is a really fun tool to have for certain techniques, and I find myself using mine on quilts often!
Watch this video to learn how to get started Serging, or continue reading to see each step of the process:
Hand-stitched quilt binding is probably my favorite way to bind a quilt! I prep my quilt, make the binding, sew it on one side with my machine, and the flip it over and hand stitch the back side down.
In Quilt Binding Part 1 you will find how to make your binding and my own personal favorite ways to prepare my quilt for binding. Then in Quilt Binding Part 2 I shared with you the methods I use to sew the binding onto the first side of the quilt. Quilt Binding Part 2 also teaches exactly how I use my sewing machine to sew on the 2nd side as well. If that’s more your speed, definitely check out my article to find out the most accurate basting method. Now in Part 3, I am teaching how to stitch your sewing binding on by hand once you get the first side down. Keep reading to learn two different methods!
Alrighty friends, are you ready to sew binding on your quilt?! This article is part 2 in a 3-part Quilt Binding Tutorial series. If you haven’t prepared your quilt and binding yet, head over to read this post and learn what steps I take to make my quilt binding.
To get started, I want to give you two main options for how to bind your quilt in this quilt binding tutorial. The way I first learned from my grandma is the hand binding method. It involved sewing the binding down to your quilt with a machine but then flipping it over and sewing little invisible stitches. Another method is machine quilt binding where you skip the hand sewing and instead use your machine to sew down both sides of the binding. Machine binding is quicker and some find it easier. Whichever method you choose, I hope you challenge yourself to continue learning and enjoy the process!
This article covers how to bind your quilt by machine, and next week’s post will be about TWO different styles of hand sewing the binding onto your quilt. Whichever method you choose, the first few steps are the same!
For some people, binding a quilt is their favorite step, and for others quilt binding is their absolute least favorite. If you fall into that latter category, I am here to help make the quilt binding process as painless as possible for you!
If you are completely brand new to quilting and wondering “What is Binding” or “What does it mean to Bind a Quilt?” you might want to start here with the 12 Steps to making a Quilt.
I’ve been using my AccuQuilt fabric cutting machine for nearly a year now, and hands down, my favorite thing about it is how EASY it makes Half Square Triangle quilt blocks.
The ever-popular Half Square Triangle quilt block is also referred to as a HST and is one of the most versatile and iconic quilt blocks out there – used in a variety of both traditional and modern quilt designs.
In this article I will show you why I love HSTs as much as I do, and how to get them pretty darn close to perfect without ever needing to trim them! The main secret to my HST success is the AccuQuilt fabric cutting machine. The are tons of ways to make a good Half Square Triangle without using a fabric cutting machine, but using my AccuQuilt has cut the time involved drastically and I am so thrilled with the results!
If you want to see my AccuQuilt Half Square Triangle tips in action, watch this video:
As my husband Eric and I approach our 2 year wedding anniversary I think it is *ABOUT TIME* I share with you the ins and outs of one of my favorite wedding projects: Our Wedding Guest Book Memory Quilt.