Mitering Your Corners
The bias binder is very easy to use when putting your quilt binding on, especially when you want quick work of it by machine, and not by hand. I always hand sew my very special quilts, but this handy attachment foot is wonderful for everything else.
I begin at the bottom of my quilt (just a preference) in about the middle, leaving a bias tail of about 6 inches (again, just a preference for the final step of sewing my binding together). When you come to a corner stop about 1/2" away - the size of my bias tape.
Raise the needle and pull the foot away from the edge.
Swing the quilt around so it is fairly even with the foot (in the direction you are now sewing).
Ensure the bias tape is still inserted correctly in the foot.
The next step is just manipulation of the corner. The more times you do it, the faster you get. You want to pull the fabric next to each edge; having your corner protrude up.I will place a clamp (or a pin) just to hold the fabric below the needle in place - not actually necessary. Again, after several times of creating your mitered corner you will have this down.
At the corner, fold your fabric up - like a teepee.
Then fold it up as shown in the next photo.
You are now ready to move the foot back into place and continue sewing the binding on.
Continue sewing until you come to your next corner and repeat the process.
It does get much easier each time you do this. You might even find an easier and faster method. Let me know if you do and I will share with others!
You can download a copy of these instructions, complete with the photos from my web site www.thesewbox.com. The direct link is Tape Stitching Bias Binder - Turning Corners.
Happy Sewing & Quilting!