Before I conclude the 3 part series on how to use the QUILT BINDER, I thought I had best let you know which ELNA machine models this wonderful binder attachment will work on: it ONLY works on the following ELNA machines: EL9500; EL9600; EL7300; EL7200 AND EL740 EXCELLENCE.
LET’S PICK UP WHERE WE STOPPED AT THE END OF PART 2:
HOW DO THE JOIN THE ENDS??
Continue attaching the binding to the quilt until you are about 6 inches from where you started. STOP sewing by doing a lock or tie off stitch and cut the threads.
Remove the quilt and the remaining binding strip from the Quilt Binder attachment. Remove the Binder attachment and base plate from the machine.
Put the bobbin cover back onto the machine and switch to either a regular foot or satin stitch foot. You certainly could use the Elna walking foot or IAF but why bother – you are only going to be sewing down the last 4-6 inches of binding. Remember……this is fun……big deep breaths!
You will now join those 2 tails of binding. This really is done in a very similar way to how you join your continuous binding.
Lay the quilt flat and fold the 2 binding tails until they meet ……but not quite: leave about 1/8 inch between the 2 ends. (see pic above)
Mark these 2 folds with a pin, fabric marker or finger pressing as this will be your sewing line so you need to see it. Cut away excess binding leaving seam allowances of approx ¼ inch.
Sew the join. I do my straight across. You are welcome to do the slant/45 degree angle seam if you prefer. I just have too little time and too many quilts so I opt for the quick option!
Press seam open. And tuck raw edges under on both sides of the quilt. Finger press these folds gently.
Pin in place. I find that putting a set of pins vertically on the back with the heads sticking beyond the edge of the quilt & then a second set on the top works best. That way you know all edges are accounted for!
Take out pins as you go and stitch down the last section of binding using the same stitch you used previously before taking the quilt out of the quilt binder attachment.
You may press the corners and this should be enough to hold in place. However, if you prefer, tuck a little piece of Steam-a-seam 2 under the corner folds before pressing. Of course, you can slip stitch by hand but that is generally not my style.