Last night I decided to just bite the bullet and get started on binding Jumbo. I was feeling a little tired to do much more than just sit on the couch, so this was perfect - minimum movement required. Once I got everything set up, of course!
I unwound my whole roll of black twill tape the night before, washed and rinsed several times while the dye gushed out....then put the whole mess in a folded towel and stomped on it several times to sponge out most of the water. It was dry by morning...and I set about pressing it last night. Once all of the wrinkles were gone, I loosely wound it back into a roll.....and then set about trying to convince myself that I should really embroider it before I start. It was a fierce debate - between my wise self and my tired self....but eventually my wise self won. So the sewing machine came out, and after a couple of false starts (poor 1st thread choice, lazy lack of bobbin change, etc.)....the words were on there. I am by no means an expert, but I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Not quite perfect, but then, few things are....
I am basically using this technique....with a few tweaks. I am actually sewing the binding tape on the loop side first, then basting the RW in place, and finishing with the tape on the underside of the rug. I progress through each step, a couple of feet at a time....and have three threaded needles on the go to speed things up. As I make my way across the edge, I shuffle my body along the couch to keep pace.
And it was pretty speedy. I ended up getting about 1/6 of it done (~6+ feet) in 3.5 hours of TV time. Much faster than whipping! And it's looking very promising that it will be finished in time for displaying at the Annual.... :-)