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Thread: 1/4" foot question

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    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
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    1/4" foot question

    I have a Janome 6600 with the accufeed system and have been using the 1/4" foot. My question is ...does anyone else have trouble seeing the black marker when using dark fabrics? I am tired of having to get up close and wondered if maybe I could put a bright colored fingernail polish on the marker to make it easier to see? Is it just me? Any other ideas?

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    I don't use a 1/4" foot with my machine, but I know what you mean. I have a ruler that has black markings on it and they can be difficult to see when using black fabric...which I use quite a bit of.

    If this were me, I wouldn't use the nail polish. I'm a big enough of a klutz that I'd get it everywhere. I personally would try one of those White-Out pens to make the mark.
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    It's worth a try ... won't do any harm.

    Though you may want to consider ... will you be creating the same problem when you work with fabric of the nailpolish colour?
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    Maybe you just need a brighter light focused on that area. I use a 1/4" foot that has a black spring at the 1/4" edge but I just line up the fabric with the spring. I haven't seen the Janome foot that you're talking about so maybe my idea a better lighting isn't applicable....

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    me too Nana up North, then I just sew my fool head off. lol
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    I put White Out on mine. Makes it a lot easier to see the black piece

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    I think I'd probably use a few thicknesses of post-it notes vs. anything permanent. Particular nail polish. I think you'd get a more accurate line with the paper and/or tape. I've used painters tape for larger/odd measurements for home dec stuff. Maybe that would work for you???

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    I was thinking nail polish, as it can easily be removed with acetone or change to a different color....but white out would work too.....hmmm.....maybe a coat of clear first to ensure that it comes off

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    I put White Out on mine. Makes it a lot easier to see the black piece
    that's what I do too. The white out can be scraped off with your fingernail much easier than nail polish. No need to put clear nail polish on first - the white out comes off the metal just fine. I have the same machine and the same accufeed 1/4" foot.

    Note: I try to put a thin stripe across the length of the foot - about center line - so there is black above and below. This seems to help see it much better.
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