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Has anyone here tried the binding tools called "Zip Bind" and/or "Stitch-N-Ditch Binding Foot" by Martelli? I really want to do bindings by machine without the hand stitching to the back. I have been practicing on a scrap quilt and have figured out something that works, but I'm wondering if any of these would help me to be more accurate with catching the binding completely. I tried stitching the binding to the back and then turning it over to stitch along the edge of the binding on the front, but I was not happy with how it looked front or back. So, I stitched the binding to the front as usual, then pinned it in place and stitched in the ditch on the front right next to the binding edge. I caught almost all of the binding on the back, but did miss it a bit. I can see that using this method, it might be really important to use thread to match (possibly different color bobbin thread depending on the fabrics used). I would love to hear if anyone has tried a tool that helps with this method! Thanks, Kristine

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Comment by Kristine in CA on June 11, 2009 at 4:55pm
I ordered these items today, as a matter of fact. I found them as a package deal. The company I found them accept returns at any time if not satisfied. I am determined to learn how to do this!
Comment by Asiyah on May 30, 2009 at 10:02am
I've never heard of this foot. I always sew my binding by machine because I don't have the time or patience to hand sew it. I don't usually have an issue with it not catching. I followed a blog by angrychicken where you sew the binding on the front, fold it over and topstitch it again. Her tutorial is much easier that I'm making it sound. http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2008/03/bias-tape-tutor.html

Good luck!
Comment by Dawn Hutton on May 30, 2009 at 4:40am
I have a Viking and it uses a left edge foot .......the binding is stitched on the back and brought to the front. Following the left edge foot right along the seam line almost always makes it look even. Sometimes I have a problem if my edges are not straight and I sometimes add 1/8" to binding to have extra give. I use my walking foot to first stitch the binding on the back and sometimes do not get a even 1/4" ...so pratice.....

I have looked for a left edge for my White machine and there is not one made for it. Never heard of the stitch n ditch binding foot... I have a stitch n ditch foot that I use when doing some quilting. It has a small bar that helps me follow the seam line, but I don't see how you would use it on binding.
Comment by Patricia, VA on May 29, 2009 at 6:02pm
Hey, I did not hear of this foot, take a picture and lets see it, maybe we can figure it out. I usually sew the binding on and hand stitch the back or sometimes I use a decorative stitch, most of the time the stitch catches the back, I go over it with hand stitching where it missed. Go to quilt in a day, Eleanor Burns, there are videos on there to show how to sew binding on.
Comment by Cheryl K on May 29, 2009 at 5:34pm
oh I sure hope you find an answer to this question . . . I own the Stitch-N-Ditch Binding Foot but can't figure out how to use it . . .

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