The fused binding is a fast and easy way to bind your next wall quilt. But do you know how to dress it up even more? My favorite decorative stitch on my BERNINA 750 QE is the lucky number 1330. This blanket stitch finishes the fused binding perfectly. And with the right thread color, adds another decorative element to your quilt design.
Here’s my blanket stitch tip of how to add a fine flourish to your fused binding using the blanket stitch on your machine.
First, bind your quilt with a fused binding. More about fused binding technique you can read in my post called How to add a Fusible Binding here on WeAllSew. For our blanket stitch method, the fabric strips should be cut with a straight blade on your rotary cutter. Do not use a decorative blade.
Set Up Your Machine
Use a 9mm stitch plate with a narrow needle opening (5.5 mm) for decorative stitches.
Use a BERNINA Reverse pattern foot #1C or other reverse pattern foot.
Select stitch #1330 or a comparable blanket stitch on your machine.
Select the mirror setting on your machine so the “teeth” of the blanket stitch go to the right.
Move the needle to line up with the center mark of the foot. This way the center mark of the foot and the forward stitches will run along the left edge of the binding.
Use a 3.5 stitch length and a 3.5 stitch width or change to your own preference.
Place the machine in the needle down position when stitching.
Starting the Blanket Stitch
Start at the bottom corner of the quilt.
Insert the needle into the quilt where the side binding and bottom binding form a corner on the quilt top.
Lower the presser foot so it runs parallel to the bottom binding. Make sure that the center line of the foot is aligned with the left edge of the binding.
Stitch down the left edge of the binding. The “teeth” or blanket stitches going sideways should bite into the binding and the stitches going straight ahead should line up with the edge of the binding.
Turning the Corner
Stop stitching about 1” before the corner.
Continue to stitch but slow down. Count how many stitch repetitions the needle makes before it changes directions. For the 1330 stitch, the machine takes 5 stitches going forward and back ending in the forward position. Then it takes 4 stitches going sideways (left to right) ending in the same stitch position where it started. The machine then repeats that same sequence.
When you get to the corner, end the stitching on the final sideways stroke of the needle. (This will be at or very near the corner where the two binding fabrics meet.) Leave the needle imbedded in the fabric and raise the presser foot.
Pivot the quilt so the center line of the presser foot runs parallel to the left side of the next binding edge. Drop the presser foot.
Continue stitching around the quilt using this same corner pivot technique until you get close to the final corner.
Finishing the Blanket Stitch
Continue stitching to the final corner of the binding. The last stitches should be the sideways sequence at the very corner of the binding.
Raise the needle and presser foot, remove the quilt from the machine and clip the threads about 4” long.
Thread the top threads through a long eyed embroidery needle and bring them to the back of the quilt at the corner.
Tie all the threads together. Using the same embroidery needle, bury the threads between the backing and batting layers and clip off the thread ends.
I love this blanket stitch finish on my quilts. It not only repeats the hand-embroidery blanket stitch in the piece but it’s another way to add colorful threads and a decorative edge to the work. Try it and see if you don’t agree!