I've been doing a lot of binding the past couple of weeks. Well, binding 3 quilts is a lot of binding to me anyway! After making and giving lots of quilts I've learned that it's often the binding where threads break first. After repairing a couple of quilts I decided to strengthen my bindings and have a few tips.
When I hand sew a binding I knot the thread every 5 - 7" all the way around the quilt. That way if a thread breaks it can only unravel so far.
My second tip is that I rarely hand sew a binding on a quilt that I know is going to be used a lot. For those quilts, like the Autumn Leaves quilt I shared yesterday, I always machine sew the binding. These quilts are blankets and the recipients don't even notice the binding.
To strengthen the machine sewn bindings more I back stitch a couple of stitches about every 10 inches. It's only 2 stitches and the stitches stack so you really can't see them unless you are as close as the camera is in this photo.
It really doesn't add a lot of time to the process. I do the little back stitch every other time that I adjust the quilt so it becomes part of my motion routine.