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Posted on: 2/25/03 5:22 PM
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I found this tip on one of the sewing or quilting newsgroups (sorry, I don't remember which one.)

I have read about the benefit of using a seam guide for sewing accurate seams. But the only type I could find was a magnetic square that you place on the machine. I was concerned that placing such a strong magnet on my computerized machine would ruin it.

I've also used tape to mark seam allowances on my machine, but it left a gummy residue.

The small Post-It pad is a good alternative. It is about the same size as the magnetic guides you can purchase. The raised edge works better than tape to help you control the fabric, and the sticky surface does not leave a gummy residue.

To use the Post-It pad as a seam guide, remove the brown backing from the bottom of the pad. Stick it on your needle plate wherever it is needed. You can easily re-position it. Eventually, it loses some of its stickiness. If this happens, just peel off the bottom sheet and you have a fresh new adhesive surface.

I just made a skirt using the Post-It pad as a seam guide and it really did help keep my seams more accurate.

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Gendun said... (3/5/13 0:47 AM) Reply
Very helpful! Thank you SO much. :)
Annette1 said... (1/2/09 9:56 PM) Reply
This is a great idea! I can't wait to try it. :o) Thanks!
Fabienne301 said... (5/6/08 6:35 AM) Reply
Simple and excellent idea!
OP Gal said... (12/6/06 5:58 AM) Reply
I just ran across a reference to this tip. I'm going to try this one.
Georgene said... (11/28/05 9:25 AM) Reply
Yep, one of the top 10 tips of all time! This has helped in a number of 'sticky' situations.
GorgeousFabrics said... (11/28/05 7:19 AM) Reply
I'm so glad this came up again. I had missed it the first time. I've used individual post-its for seam allowances, but this is a GREAT idea! -Ann
Karla Kizer said... (11/28/05 6:17 AM) Reply
I'm glad that Guri brought this tip up again. I've been using a Post-it pad for this purpose quite a bit since Betty first wrote this; it's especially handy for unusual width seams and topstitching. I had some trouble getting my Post-its to cooperate until I realized that 3M has gotten very stingy with the glue. To get enough stick-em on the notes, try buying the ones that say they are extra-sticky. In fact, they seem to be just what old Post-its were....but then, look at what's happened to toilet paper rolls, too. :(
GuriFB said... (11/28/05 3:14 AM) Reply
This is a great tip! thanks
Ying said... (5/20/05 12:12 PM) Reply
Thanks for this tip. When I was in a quilting class, a fellow student gave me some cut-up sticker form core to help me sew accurate seams. The post-it pads should work the same!
JDpenelope said... (12/2/04 7:36 AM) Reply
Good tip! I'll try it instead of painters tape--the raised edge would be an advantage.
Noile said... (9/12/04 0:00 AM) Reply
Great tip -- I'm currently sewing on an unfamiliar machine, and this will make life a lot easier. I gave up on tape, too -- just too messy!
Annette H said... (3/24/04 5:23 PM) Reply
Brilliant tip - thanks!
Lucha said... (11/28/03 0:36 AM) Reply
Thanks for the tip!
Penny Carlson said... (5/1/03 2:27 AM) Reply
I love this idea! My machine has a seam guide, but in order to use it, I have to remove my extension table. So this is easy and convenient. Thanks!
MScellaneous said... (3/21/03 10:46 PM) Reply
Great idea. I have a new computerized machine and was concerned about using a magnet. My old machine had a guide that screwed into the sewing table. I always used it. Thanks.
Lorna C. Newman said... (3/10/03 11:46 AM) Reply
A pad of post its is definitely cheaper than the stick on seam guide I bought years ago. The raised edge is great too. Great for jotting down notes for your reviews too as you sew...
Koushite said... (3/3/03 5:08 PM) Reply
Thanks for clarifying this great idea. I'd heard of it before, but couldn't quite see how it would be that helpful. Now that you've mentioned using the entire pad as an edge, it makes complete sense. I've always been annoyed that my computerized machine couldn't take a seam guide, since really stratight seams are must. Now that problem's solved. Thanks again.
eleda said... (2/28/03 1:59 AM) Reply
Betty, I used your tip last night when I was doing hems on two LH Boat Neck Tops. The hems for the sleeves were so much easier to do with this method. Thanks for the tip.
SouthernStitch said... (2/27/03 10:15 PM) Reply
You know I'd heard this tip before, but I was thinking ONE post it note. Using the book is a much better idea!
Rustybobn said... (2/26/03 12:00 PM) Reply
Hmm. This would work nicely for those times when I want to stitch at, say 1.25", which isn't marked on my machine. Also, some of my machines are plastic or aluminum and magnets won't stick anyway. Thanks for a great tip!
Celeste said... (2/26/03 0:57 AM) Reply
What an excellent suggestion for these wonderful little notes I would never be without!!
Mel.J said... (2/25/03 9:53 PM) Reply
This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing the tip.
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