I hate to stitch by hand so I usually stitch the binding on my quilts using my sewing machine.
For most of my quilts I cut strips 2.25″ wide.
For bed quilt or if I use a thick batting or heavier fabrics I cut strips 2.5″ wide.
Match the color of thread with the background fabric.
I used invisible thread.
Don’t stitch by machine the binding on back if you want to enter a quilt in a competition ! The judges don’t like this !
I renew my stock of sewing machine needles. This time I bought them from Romania !
(de la acest magazin din Sibiu http://www.florencetech.ro/).
I had such a good experience with Topstitch needles ! I use them for quilting.
Topstitch #90/14 for the majority of threads (including invisible or metallic),
Topstitch #100/16 for heavier threads.
They are great to stitch and quilt through heavy fabrics or multiple layers of fabrics.