Eventually there had to be a top where the thread would show. The blacks and dark browns I’ve been working with, the thread just didn’t photograph well. Here’s one I did where you can see the stitching better.
In this first photo, you can see how closely I pin.
The pins I love are the Clover Fine (.4 mm) pins.
This picture shows the front where you can see the stitching. Please click on it to enlarge it enough to see better.
This is the back side.
A reader had mentioned that with the Bernina walking foot, if you move the needle all the way to the right, you’re stitching in the ditch in the exact same spot as where the inside edge of the right portion of the foot lines up.
But, for stitching down the binding, if I leave my needle in the center position, and have the presser foot over to the right a bit, where that right arm of the presser foot rides along the binding kinda mashes it down, and causes the section of the binding near the stitching line to puff up a little, making it real easy for me to stitch right in that ditch.
That’s the beauty of quilting .. what works perfectly for one might not work so great for another but what doesn’t work for me, might work perfectly for you! Don’t be afraid to try something that maybe isn’t according to the manual. As my success with machine stitching the binding shows, don’t be afraid to re-try something that you tried before and felt it didn’t work. I never thought I’d try maching finishing my binding and now I may never do it by hand again. In fact, this quilt shown in these pictures had half the binding already sewn down by hand and I picked it out and did it all by machine. That’s how much I like the look of the machine finished binding!
For those who have tried doing the binding the way I’ve shown, please let me know how yours turns out.