better late than never: Binding Tool review

6:00:00 AM

Last year I bought a Binding Tool, and I promised to write a product review of it once I had used it.

Fast-forward a year.

OOPS!

Anywho. Better late than never.

I am binding inept. First one to admit it. It's one of my least favorite things to do in the whole quilting process, which, I sometimes think, doesn't make any sense because the project is almost over so shouldn't I be happy that I'm at the binding stage?

Not me. tee hee.

So I thought, okay, I'm going to pick up one of these binding tools to try and make my life a bit easier.

TMQs The Binding Tool
 The instructions for using the tool are right on the ruler, permanently printed, which is really handy, since every single time I go to use it I need to be reminded how. Like I said, binding inept.

I have to admit: the tool confused me a bit for the first few times I used it. And it's probably just me, but I had to watch Missouri Star Quilt Co.'s YouTube tutorial every time while I was using it:

After several binding escapades, I finally have the hang of using the tool, and have to say, now I find it relatively simple to use - I still need to read the directions on the tool, but I only need to read them once now. >chuckles<
my Binding Tool in use on my latest quilt project
I'm glad I have it. It's definitely made my life easier, and my bindings look more flawless and less bump-tastic.

If you have one, I'd love to hear what you think about it. Maybe I'm the only blubbering binder out there ;)

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10 comments

  1. I bought this tool but found it confusing and didn't want to check a video every time I had to do some binding! I did find a method that requires no fancy tool, except for a pair of scissors and a small ruler. I can give you the link if you are interested :-)

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  2. You aren't the only one, I just had binding instructions dropped off in my mail box on Monday. I just checked and saw that my wholesaler carries these binding tools, guess I will have to order one soon. Thanks for the tip!

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  3. Have it, use it every time and love it! I had to watch the video the first few time too but once you've got the hang of it then it's easy and perfect binding finish every time!

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  4. I purchased one a few months ago, and I LOVE it too!!!!!!! I don't buy a lot of specialty tools for quilting but was intrigued when it was presented at a CMQG meeting sometime last year. I found a video from the Fat Quarter Shop which I refer to each time. However, I like the video your have above from the Missouri Quilt Company a little better since she gets right into using the ruler. Though both I think are good.

    http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/2014/02/notion-of-month-february-2014-binding.html

    THANKS for sharing,
    Dianne

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    1. Thanks for sharing the link, Dianne! I'm off to check it out now :)

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  5. I have tried many methods and other binding rulers, this by far was the best to use, perfect every time. I too had to watch the video a few times.

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  6. I've used this ruler but I never really mastered it. My binding always seemed to come a bit too big for the space. I have another method now (no ruler...just a scissor) The fit comes out perfect but I always seem to have to sew the ends together twice....once the wrong and twisted way and then once the correct way!

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  7. I have this tool also and found it too complicated. I now use this method from Nancy Zieman: http://www.nancysnotions.com/category/video+demos/double+fold+binding+technique.do

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  8. I bought the tool and I absolutely hate the thing. I wouldn't even donate it to the ruler library at guild I hate it so much. I have watched the video you mention and it confused the living daylights out of me. I have a go-to tutorial that I use all the time. I even used that tutorial for binding on a scalloped binding and it went together without a hitch. I'm not one to throw things away, so it is in some obscure place. I need to throw it away, so when I die some poor sole doesn't get that piece of plastic and get frustrated and have a panic or heart attack and expire. I think I've been kind in my review. I kindly walk by the booth of the vendor at quilt shows. I don't give my opinion unless I'm asked. I'm glad you find it a help. I guess I'm just slow, slow, slow. My friend was just as frustrated as I was and we used them independently and then tried to use it together, reading the directions slowly and thoroughly and watching the video together.

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