OK so I did not use traditional quilt binding to finish off the edge of my Sunset Stitching wall hangings:
Note the alternative edge treatment. I decided to try something different: it started with a skein of yarn……yes, yarn that looks rather like ribbon but is meant for knitting.
“ribbon” type yarn
I measured how much I needed for all 4 sides of the wall hanging & multiplied that by 2 as I planned to use it on both sides – front & back.
I then fused fusible web to the one side of the yarn – all the way along the piece I had measured off. You can, of course, use Steam-a-seam 2 (the 1/4 or 1/2 inch sizes) or Wonder tape but I had run out of these products. So I just cut strips of Wonderunder with the paper backing using my rotary cutter & ruler. Yes, it took a bit of extra time but this way I ended up with exactly the width I needed for the yarn. I must say I really like Wonderunder as the paper releases well. I have become rather irritated with Steam-a-seam 2 (1/2 inch wide on a roll) as the paper kept tearing leaving me to pick at little scraps – an annoying waste of my time. Wonder tape is my new “best friend” but as I only have that in my personal stash at home, and none in my classroom at work, I used strips of Wonderunder – which worked perfectly I am most happy to say!
WORD OF CAUTION: the yarn I used is quite synthetic and would have melted if I had not turned the temp. of my iron down to nylon setting.
When all the wonderunder strips were fused onto the one side of the yarn, I peeled off the release paper. Take care to use an applique pressing sheet to avoid gumming up your iron or pressing surface.
I started at one corner of the wall hanging on the front side and fused the yarn down to the edge of the wall hanging (which I had already trimmed to straighten & neaten the edges). I chose to let a tiny bit of yarn “hang” over the edge – not more than 1/8 inch. This was because I wanted the “overhang” from both front & back to meet & cover the edge properly.
At the end of first side, cut the yarn & start again for the second side overlapping the yarn as the corners. Repeat for all 4 sides & then flip the wall hanging over & do exactly the same thing on the back.
Thread up the needle of EL740 EXCELLENCE with the color & type of thread you wish to see on top. And use in the bobbin the colour you wish to see on the back. If you have used the same yarn on both sides, you will probably want matching thread top & bobbin. I used yellow polyester embroidery thread.
Select the zig-zag stitch (Utility menu #9) on the EL740 EXCELLENCE. Adjust the SW & SL to your requirements. Note the pics below: on one wall hanging I used a wide zig-zag but reduced this for the second one. You could choose an alternative stitch to zig-zag….goodness knows we have 245 stitches to choose from on our EL740 EXCELLENCE but do choose one that is going to “pull in” the edges and form that type of rolled hem. Experiment and share with us what you discover.
As you zig-zag all the way around the wall hanging, the edges of the yarn come together & close over the raw edge rather like a rolled edge. This effectively “seals” the edge and is quite neat if you zig on the yarn and zag off into “air”. You should not be left with any fuzzies. If desired, you can go around a second time with the zig-zag (as seen in the pic with narrow zig-zag).
Note in these pics that I also sewed a straight stitch along the inner edge of the yarn. Yes, the yarn was fused down with fusible web, but I wanted to be sure the edge would not peel up at some later stage. Use the ELNA DITCH QUILTING FOOT . Search for Ditch quilting foot in the search box on this blog for more information about this great optional accessory foot. Move the needle position a little to the right for this straight stitch. It will be beautifully straight when you use this foot.
There are another 2 Ditch quilting feet I have not even mentioned yet – your local Elna dealer will be happy to explain to you just exactly what is the best one for your Elna sewing machine and project needs.
SHOWING THE SAME YARN IS FUSED TO THE BACK AS WELL.