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Does anyone else use a blind ladder stitch for binding their quilts?  It was recommended to me once, but I'd never tried it until this quilt.  If done carefully, it makes a virtually invisible stitch.It took me a little while to get comfortable with it after using what I would call an applique stitch all these years (which is also pretty invisible), but I think I like the results.     

Maybe everyone else uses this stitch already and I'm just late to the party.  :D 

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Comment by JB on February 2, 2016 at 10:31pm
I haven't tried to stitch both sides in one stitch but the thought did cross my mind. Good to see it works. I love how the stitches barely show.
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on February 2, 2016 at 7:57pm

Ooooh, I do like your results, PQ!

Comment by Barb/WI on February 2, 2016 at 3:09pm

Looks perfect!  I need to learn this.  I've been using a hem stitch.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 2, 2016 at 1:04pm

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on February 2, 2016 at 12:42pm

Just clicked on the tutorial JB sent.  I can see the value of using the blind ladder stitch to close stuffed items (pincushions, etc.), but being an "older" dog, I'll have to think about using it for stitching down bindings on the back of quilts.  It's hard to change old habits.  By the way, I have about 75 pincushions to make, stuffed with crushed walnut shells, for retreat "goodie bags" by June.  Any volunteers??

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on February 2, 2016 at 12:29pm

I use a blind ladder stitch when I'm closing up the stuffing openings when I'm making teddy bears.  I've never tried it on a quilt - but I'm putting a binding on right now and might just have to give it a try.

Comment by LKC on February 2, 2016 at 7:46am

Thanks for the link and the stitch of the week.

Comment by Pam/NY on February 2, 2016 at 6:41am
My grandma taught me that trick 40 yrs ago. It's my go to on hemming clothes also.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 2, 2016 at 4:59am

JB, good tutorial, only I was shown how to take two stitches at once, catching both sides at the same time.  (Is that how you do yours, handstitcher?)  I don't stitch one side and then the other separately as shown.  Too many needle strokes for me, and I think it would take  a lot longer.  The method I use is as fast as the applique stitch.

Peggy and Carol Ann, I've always used the same stitch you are using, so I'm glad to know I'm in good company.  It is familiar.  I'll see about getting some pictures of the process I was taught, but no guarantees.  I'm not a great picture-taker. 

Comment by handstitcher/IL on February 2, 2016 at 3:30am
Welcome to the party, PQ! I've used this stitch on bindings and on bias strips for years. Since I'm mostly self-taught, I just happened upon it, only to later learn it's a legitimate stitch, also know as the pumpkin stitch.

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