I have faced the reality that I cannot handstitch every quilt's binding. I rummaged through my various presser feet and voila! My sweet little Stitch in the Ditch foot. That little guide in the middle really works!
1) cut it at 2.5", not the usual 2.25;
2) I love Sulky and Aurifil thread.
And that, my friends, has made all the difference.