I suppose the title of this blog isn’t exactly what I wanted to get at. I don’t want machine and hand binding to duke it out, and I don’t think one is necessarily better than the other. The thing about quilting as an art and hobby is that there are numerous ways to practice a medley of techniques, and the quilt police don’t have a home in the cozy community at Fons & Porter. That said, there are advantages to each technique that should be considered when deciding which method fits your unique project, skills and time allowance.
- great for a relaxing evening project
- the binding has your unique, “signature” hand stitch
- you get bragging rights
- you get to practice your hand sewing
- it’s familiar/ it’s how you learned
- easier for those with arthritis or other mobility issues
- you can be finished in a short time
- gives binding a clean, consistent look
- it gives you the chance to learn a new technique
- fewer needle pricks
There are lots of other benefits to both methods. If you’ve never tried machine binding, it’s just the challenge that will expand your quilting repertoire. And a challenge it is. It’s something you’ll want to start on a small project like a placemat or a small wall quilt because, just like when you learned hand quilting, there will be bumps along the way. With a little practice and a little help from the Jenny Kae Quilts, you’ll be adding a new binding method to your skill set.
Here’s something you can pass along to your guild or your granddaughter. Jenny’s live webinar, Machine Quilt Binding Made Easy, offers you all the information you need to learn machine binding, and have the confidence to try machine binding on your own quilt projects.