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Message Board > Sewing Machines > How to get a quarter inch seam on a Bernina 200 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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How to get a 1/4 inch seam allowance on a Bernina 200
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Date: 6/19/13 11:44 AM

Hi everyone... Yesterday, I bought my first Bernina... a 200 that has been upgraded to a 730. I love it so far, but I'm wondering how to get a quarter inch seam for quilting. I'm used to using the edge of the presser foot for that... my previous Brother even had a piecing setting and I had a quarter inch foot with guide for it. The Bernina foot is much too wide (I'm using the standard "reverse pattern" foot that came on the machine) to give a true quarter inch. The machine came with a seam guide, but the presser foot is too wide to allow it to be set to 1/4 inch. Anyone have any advice? Is there a setting in the machine or do I have to buy a new foot or is there something else that I'm just not thinking of?



Thanks so much!

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Date: 6/19/13 11:50 AM

Have you tried moving your needle position over so that it's a quarter inch from the edge of the foot?

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Date: 6/19/13 12:02 PM

Do you have either the number 37 or the number 57 foot for quarter inch stitching? You will need one of these. The 57 has a guide and the 37 does not. Also you can move the needle to the right 2 places with the quarter inch foot on and get a scant quarter inch seam. I do with my 630.

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Date: 6/19/13 12:43 PM

Actually, on the 9mm Berninas, you might like the standard 1C foot with you needle moved to the right, try 4 clicks. You can experiment. The 34C foot is a transparent plastic version of the 1C. There's a very inexpensive screw down seam guide that you can get to screw to the bed, which will work with almost any foot.

The 37 or 57 (with guide) are the standard Bernina 1/4" feet, which I love for my 5.5mm Berninas. Some like them for the 9mm machines, some prefer another foot with the needle moved right.

Experiment and see what works for you. Enjoy your new Bernina.

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Date: 6/19/13 2:24 PM

On my Bernina 200, I used the 1C foot and moved the needle position. I think I moved it 4 clicks to the right like Maia says in her post. Just try it and measure to see if that gives you your 1/4 inch. I actually do this on all my 9mm machines, use the regular foot and move the needle position. I have not seen any change in the stitch at all. I bought a 37 foot, and never use it except to top stitch around side vents on shirts or pants.

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Date: 6/19/13 2:29 PM

I bought the 57 foot for my vintage 830 several years ago and just didn't like it for piecing. (Long story short, I pieced an entire quilt with slightly off seams!!) Now I use a seam guide ruler that has holes for each of the seam widths to mark 1/4". Then I place a piece of 3M command mounting tape against the edge of a ruler. This kind of tape is repositionable, so I can switch to other kinds of sewing.

You can also check your seams with quarter inch ruling lines on an index card. I learned the hard way to check my 1/4" seams each time I sit down to piece.
With small pieces, it is easy to veer off at the ends slightly, so I also use a stiletto to hold the patches together until I stitch past the raw edge.

Now I use the #57 foot for french seams and love it for that.

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Date: 6/19/13 4:06 PM

I used the 34 C foot and the 5mm needle plate and 3 or 4 clicks to the right with the needle. I had no problems.

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Date: 6/19/13 4:36 PM

I use the edge of the walking foot as my guide and move the needle position to where I need it.

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Date: 6/19/13 10:30 PM

Thank you all so much for the advice. I moved the needle position 4 spaces to the right and measured the row of stitches and it was exactly 1/4th inch from the edge! Thanks for all the helpful hints!

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Date: 1/17/14 5:32 PM

Hello...I just read your post and you probably have your answer by now. I have a 200 retro fitted to a 730 (? is that right?) Foot number 57 is the quarter inch foot that you want...it gives a very precise 1/4". Yesterday I bought Foot #37 - which is also a quarter inch foot but for different reasons than normal quilt block seams. I'm making flying geese and it's a different method than I've normally done. . . a large square with two smaller squares staggered across the diagonal. . . I had to draw a line down the center of the big block then 1/4" on either side of the small...this foot allows your being able to sew on either side of open fabric where the 57 has the edge on the right side to be a fabric guide but that guide hangs up at the starting point. I hope this helps. If you need more info...AnnaLee56@cox.net Happy Sewing

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