Good to know (as well as other tips) - I ALWAYS use a walking foot when I am machine quilting. A walking foot allows the top, middle and bottom layer of the quilt to feed through the machine at the same speed...so that means no shifting... gathering or puckers when quilting. I quilt 1/8" from the edge to hold it down nice and flat for binding...then I trim the excess batting and backing fabric away.
Learn to create and apply four styles of binding from one template. This acrylic color-coded template is easily marked to sew traditional, flange, mock piping and reversible binding without needing to measure. Simply align fabric and cut - Creative Quilt Bindings Template - Stress-free binding - Sewing With Nancy - Nancy's Notions