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Date: 4/11/12 7:35 PM

I've mostly been a garment sewist, but recently took a beginning quilt class where we made two quilt squares.

The teacher told us it's better to sew a scant 1/4 inch seam instead of a 1/4 inch seam when piecing blocks. The machines we used in class allowed the teacher to slightly adjust the needle position to the right to get a good scant 1/4 inch seam.

So, my question is, how do most people sew a scant 1/4 inch seam on machines where the needle isn't adjustable? I did Google this and see that some people use blue painting tape on the machine bed leading up to the needle to mark the scant 1/4 inch position.

I'm also wondering, since there are many 1/4 inch feet available, if some people simply use that foot and just do not butt the fabric all the way to the flange on the foot.

Just wondering what others do.

Thanks everyone.

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Date: 4/11/12 7:39 PM

I too have a non adjustable needle. I have a tape on my machine I use to line up fabric before it hits the presser foot and after it passes through- just helps me keep it straight. On my presser foot I used a permanent marker to draw the line for 1/4" and I keep the edges just to the left of it.

If I'm not doing intricate piecing I use my 1/4" foot for all seams and it always works out. I think the major key is to use the same size seam all the time.

On really intricate patterns I also use the thinnest thread I can to sew. That way it doesn't add to the width of the seam.

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Date: 4/11/12 9:23 PM

When I had a non-adjustable needle I used tape as a marker too.

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Date: 4/11/12 10:22 PM

Thanks for your responses. I might go with the tape idea, but I'd love to hear if anyone has other ideas.

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Date: 4/11/12 10:41 PM

I use a seam guide often instead of my foot. I also use this tool to figure out where a scant 1/4 inch really resides--especially helpful if I'm changing sewing machines during the project:

http://softexpressions.com/software/notions/PerPiecSG.php

If I don't have a Seam guide available for the machine I'm using then I stick one of these removable vinyl markers to use as a guide. I prefer it to tape because it is thicker and gives me an edge to butt up my fabric. I'm personally not accurate without tools.

http://www.softexpressions.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=CQMEASE&Product_Code=02DS&Category_Code=



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Date: 4/11/12 10:56 PM

Do the quarter inch feet specifically for quilting use the scant quarter inch or a regular quarter inch? I tested my quarter inch foot on an index card and it's exactly a quarter inch.

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Date: 4/11/12 11:00 PM

Thanks Sonoma33.

I think I'm going to order these items.

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Date: 4/11/12 11:07 PM

Depends on the foot and brand. For my featherweight I have a 1/4 foot and a scant 1/4 foot. I have to be very careful which one I grab to use if I'm not using a seam guide. I generally use some sort of guide.
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Date: 4/12/12 7:49 AM

Hi Sonoma33.

Do you remember where you got the scant 1/4 inch foot for your featherweight? I don't have a featherweight, but I'm wondering if they have them for other machines.

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Date: 4/12/12 9:06 PM

I like that plastic stick-on seam guide, too. We used to use a bolt-on guide if we were doing hundreds of the same seam, or sometimes just a rectangular magnet. I have used tape as well.

With the plastic stick-on guide you can use it on a machine with plastic parts and you don't have to take the time to bolt it on.

I vote for that one.

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