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Yes, My name is Debbie and  I'm a  MINKIE VIRGIN.  Can you believe it?  They didn't have minkie when my kids were young so I've never had a need to use it until recently.  NOW, I need help!!!!!!!

I picked up my quilts from the quilter yesterday and need to bind them.  Of course the backs are Minkie.  

What do I do about the binding?????????

machine/hand:  After I machine sew on the first step of the binding, and turn it to the back, do I hand sew it?

machine all:  do I machine sew the whole process?  May be using a decorative stitch? or not?

I am told to expect a lot of "Minkie Poop" so I have the vacuum close at hand...  I'm prepared for droppings but the binding has be puzzled..   Help? 

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Comment by Dorothy I. Dishman on December 18, 2013 at 3:49pm

My experiences with minkie & heavy flannel have resulted in making the binding 1/4 wider as the thickness makes it harder to fold over the edge.  I sew the edge of the quilt/batting/backing with a stay stitch first then sew the binding (French fold type) to the front of the quilt...turn it to the back & hand sew it with sturdy wax treated thread on the back side.  Having a vacuum handy is fantastic..minkie poop! Ha!

Comment by Terry F on December 16, 2013 at 6:12pm
Hi Debbie, I am anxious to see pics of your quilt. I am working on a special baby quilt now and have thought about backing it with minkie. What is the top/front of your quilt made of? Mine will be traditional cotton and I don't know if Minnie is a good, workable choice for the back? I just want it to be soooo soft!
Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on December 15, 2013 at 7:07pm

Thanks everyone.... I will make a sample first and just go for it.  Hopefully photos will be posted in a few days... success or failure... they're being wrap'd for Christmas...

Comment by Nicola/De on December 15, 2013 at 6:58pm

I have done 2 quilts with minkee and I machine stitch the binding on and then turned and hand stitched it down! I know it's by hand but I just didn't have the confidence to do it with my machine and I wanted it to look perfect.....after all the quilts were for my granddaughter, Emma. Just a little pressure, right? One quilt had batting and the other was the top and minkee only. I thought sewing the binding on with the batting was easier and I would do it that way again. I also have a new grandbaby that will be arriving April 1st, so I have to get going!!!

Comment by Pam/NY on December 15, 2013 at 6:16pm

See what kind of problems those grandkids cause!!! lol You will turn inside out to make them whatever it is!!! lol

Comment by Janet/MO on December 15, 2013 at 5:33pm

When I worked at that quilt store in Las Vegas we kept hand held vacs right at our cutting stations so we could clean ourselves off after using Minkee.  I would agree with the others that I would do the entire binding by machine. 

Comment by Debra Miller on December 15, 2013 at 4:53pm
Yeah I agree, do the back and then flip it to the front. Make sure to do a sample with alllll those layers for correct stitch tension and length. Maybe a Topatitch needle?
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 15, 2013 at 3:39pm

That being said, I wasn't a perfect binding, but I found the  Minkee a little hard to work with, which made precision a little tougher.  It was perfect for the project, though.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 15, 2013 at 3:33pm

I did mine completely by machine, but my binding was minkee-type fabric also.

Comment by Cheryl A on December 15, 2013 at 3:25pm
I haven't used minke but from the looks of it I think it would work to finish the binding by machine would work better than trying to do it by hand. Hope you get it worked out.

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