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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Quilter's seam guide DIY ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 1/14/13 10:02 AM

Hi,

What do you normally use as a seam guide for the piecing? Some of my machines have a built in seam guide, also some has the piecing foot. But my 15-91 does not come with any seam guide or piecing foot.. I wonder what do you guys suggest? Thanks in advance!!


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Date: 1/14/13 10:43 AM

I don't use anything, just the edge of the feeddogs.

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Subject: Quilters seam guide DIY Date: 1/14/13 10:50 AM

I have three options that I use.

(1) 1/4" foot with a rudder/flange.

(2) Walking foot. I place the fabric under the foot, then reposition the needle for the 1/4" allowance. This way the entire foot has a grip on the fabric.

(3) Regular presser foot, adjusting the needle position if necessary. And using the edge of the foot as the guide.

And then there is the ever popular sticky note pad or painter's blue tape to build up a fence of sorts to help guide the fabric on the intended course.

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Date: 1/14/13 11:34 AM

I have used a stack of post-its on my modern machines but have trouble with them not sticking to my vintage machines probably due to the paste wax on the bed.

Rather than cleaning off the wax, I use a screw-down seam gauge like this generic seam gauge. I just got one at quilt festthis one at quilt festival last fall but haven't had a chance to play with it yet. I like that it is extra long. Not affiliated with either vendor and similar guides can be had from many places.

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Subject: Quilters seam guide DIY Date: 1/14/13 12:27 PM

I've used post-its and painter's tape, and also a rubber band around the bed (you can get those big rubber bands that are designed to go around file folders). Mostly I just use my quarter-inch foot with a little fence/flange.

If your machine has a screw for one of the screw-in guides that's probably the most robust solution.

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Date: 1/14/13 5:53 PM

Quote: anne123184
Hi,



What do you normally use as a seam guide for the piecing? Some of my machines have a built in seam guide, also some has the piecing foot. But my 15-91 does not come with any seam guide or piecing foot.. I wonder what do you guys suggest? Thanks in advance!!





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Great question Anne,

I bought a Generic 1/4" foot for my Pfaff (it screws in) and has the metal edge so you can watch it during sewing. I LOVE this!

Just got a Viking Sapphire and the 1/4" foot is plastic, can't seem to figure out that markings on it hmm

I was told to take an Index card -- The width of each line IS 1/4" so this will help you adjust your needle versus foot to just the right 1/4" and then you only have to watch the line of your foot.

Hope this helps.

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Date: 1/14/13 6:13 PM

I too recommend a seam guide... This Low shank seam guide could work very well.

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Date: 1/14/13 6:35 PM

I bought these seam guides from SewClassic...for the $1.29 investment, they work quite well on my vintage machines.

Seam Guides

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Subject: Quilters seam guide DIY Date: 1/15/13 10:55 AM

I really like "The Angler" sewing tool. This You Tube video is a good demo on how to install it but she then focuses on sewing diagonal seams (which are fabulously easy to do with this tool) but I've always used the 1/4" seam lines as stitching guides and my quilts always went together quite well. Have a look ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcmUnv3d4mM

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Date: 1/15/13 12:24 PM

Warbler, I couldn't get to the site w/ your link.

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