Ever Use Gluebasting For Machine Binding?

If you never used gluebasting with school glue for machine binding a quilt, you MUST try it! I never liked machine binding until I did. Arthritis in my fingers got really challenging and so pushed me to try it, especially for the much used quilts I was making as gifts for children. But getting the binding to look really neat was almost as challenging! Pins! Clips! Nothing was really easy or accurate…. until…. gluebasting!

I use Elmers School Glue which is a starch based glue and will wash out completely.

Once you have your binding made, it’s four easy steps.

First sew your binding to the front of your quilt as usual with a 1/4″ inch seam (or 3/8″ if that’s your preference). My binding is 2 1/4″ and ironed folded before I begin.

After its all sewn on, iron it away from the quilt.

Then turn the quilt – you will be glueing and folding  the binding to the back. First apply a fine line of glue to the seam and then press the binding to it evenly. The hot iron sets the glue in a few seconds – this is a must or the glue will not hold. If you don’t like what you did it pulls up easily- then just redo it.

When you get to the corners carefully miter them, tacking them down perfectly in place with the glue. (You may see residue coming through the fabric- this WILL wash away. Just use a damp rag)


Continue all around the quilt until all the binding is glue basted down.


Turn the quilt front side up to sew the binding down using a stitch-in-the-ditch foot. The ditch guide should sit in the seam between the quilt and the binding as you sew in that ditch. Pivot at the corners. Once you get back to the beginning tack in place and Voila! You have a really evenly stitched binding with no frustrating pins or clips to worry about! Just continual sewing!

I hope you will try this and let me know how you like it!

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