Ragged around the edges

At Saturday’s Guild meeting, Erica shared her collection of Artist Trading Cards. Here is just a small sample:
Erica’s Collection of ATCs at Burwood
I haven’t made many ATCs partly because I don’t enjoy working in such a small scale and partly because I get dissatisfied about the finish I achieve. My satin stitch edging invariably ends up uneven, shaggy and ragged. So it was with some trepidation that today I decided to try out a satin stitch finish on one of the contenders for my quilt in the Twelve by Twelve dandelion theme challenge. I can’t show you the quilt but I am reasonably happy with how the black satin stitch “binding” turned out. There were some parts where the light coloured batting obstinately showed through but nothing that a pigma pen won’t fix!


  1. I know what you mean about not being sure about this type of edge finish. I see a lot of different results when people try to use this satin stitch edging. Some people manage to do it so it looks smooth and effective, and other time I’ve seen it look weird and haphazard and, to my eye, messy and amateurish. I gather that the trick is to do various “laps” around, with increasing widths of satin stitch to result in a smooth, even coverage.

  2. Like you, I find a pen helps hide the light colours, although I often use a long overlock stitck so it tidies the edge but doesnt hide the colors of the design- though need to pay attention to colour of thread used

  3. I have the same problem as you and so I deliberately make the edges ragged by using a stitch I have on my machine which is a bit like a long and short stitch but more uneven than that …. it goes with the sort of style I have so it doesn’t matter that it isn’t precise satin stitch.

  4. Do you know the trick about cutting the batting 1/8 an inch smaller than the front/back of the quilt when you’re doing this type of binding? It keeps the batting from showing through.
    However, since I don’t think about finishing until…well, finishing my quilt, I never seem to cut the batting smaller. 😉