I had a beautiful binding fabric all ready to use, Art Gallery voile in Praline Honey (Village Haberdashery stocks it here). This has a silky light texture and is a beautiful rich golden colour. I wasn't sure if the Sizzix would cut voile cleanly but it powered through with no problems. This die is extra long and cuts the length of the strip and not the top and bottom so it cuts folded 44" fabric into 44" long strips. Voile is wider width so I needed to clip the end of these strips to finish them off but it still cuts far more accurately and quickly than I can on a tricky fabric like this.
As the fabric is lighter weight a smaller machine needle helps, 70 microtex are great for voile and lawn. For joining the binding strips I used a leader to stop the machine from swallowing the edge of the fine fabric.
A leader is a little scrap of material folded over, placed under your machine to start a seam. You stitch the leader and then keep sewing onto your seam- my machine doesn't need this help on quilting weight but anything fine or slippy benefits from this.
I stitched the binding on to the front of the quilt as usual, but on the back instead of pinning like crazy so I can machine from the front I used a little basting glue. I used Roxanne Baste it which is a temporary fabric glue with a long fine tip so tiny amounts can be applied.
Clover Wonder clips are perfect for holding down the binding until the glue dries. I used a pin for each corner.
Once tacked down with the glue I flipped the quilt to the right side to stitch in the ditch just catching the binding on the back. You do need to make sure that your spool and bobbin threads match the front fabric and binding fabric.
This really sped up the binding process. it meant no unpicking and re sewing which is what I usually have to do especially at the corners. The corners were the best bit, it made for excellent corners! This is the binding from the back (top of pic with label) and front, (bottom of pic).
I hope this helps any of you who like to use machine binding.
The Baby Bear Paw quilt plan is here
Making the blocks is here
Completing the top is here
Spiral quilting is here