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Thread: Any tips or best advice for a scant 1/4 seam

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    Senior Member mcdor's Avatar
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    I always use the Q tool Sewing Edge. Perfect scant 1/4 in seams.

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    Check to make sure your 1/4 inch foot is sewing an exact 1/4 inch seam first. Sew two pieces together and measure the unit to see if it measures the correct amount. If it measures correctly then the pattern should work out. If your unit measures a bit short, try moving the needle position over one spot on your machine (if it has this feature) and do another test. If you use Aurifil thread to piece, it is very thin and makes more accurate piecing also.
    P.S. remember that if you move the needle position, you may need to change the foot and the needle plate (if using a single hole plate) so you don't break a needle hitting something.
    Last edited by Tartan; 03-15-2013 at 07:13 AM.

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    There is a small ruler out there with a hole in it for your needle and that shows you exactly where the scant quarter is - mark it with one of the above mentioned seam guides. Works all the time for lining up your scant 1/4 and keeps you consistent. I have found I do better without using the 1/4 foot now that I do the ruler method.

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    Thank you Teeler that is exactly what I needed I have no problems sewing a 1/4 seam never really has been an issue I've always just made the right adjustments to get it and I would never try such complex patterns if I couldn't sew a good 1/4 seam I just haven't ever had a pattern call for the scant and was hoping to get some good advice from experienced quilters. Thank you all I sincerely appreciate the responses. Now let's get back to the needle and thread life. Have a great weekend everyone.

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    I seem to write about this every week, but I will continue to tell everyone because it is so great. It is called a Prep-Tool. It gives you a scant 1/4" seam. You can buy it from www.Guidelines4Quilting.com . Be sure to find the Prep-Tool. It is good for more than a scant 1/4" seam. They also sell Seam Guides that stick on your sewing machine. They leave no sticky residue. They are inexpensive. I love this tool! I have used it on all of my sewing machines and have the Seam Guides on all my sewing machines. I have scant 1/4" seams every time. I use 2 seam guides in a row. One behind the other. Try the prep tool. You will love it!!
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    I agree with checking your scant seam allowance as PaperPrincess suggests. Scant really does mean scant in some patterns. I use moleskin or another physical guide to ensure my seams are exactly the size I want, as I was never able to achieve consistent "scant" by using a 1/4" foot. Also, the thread you use can make a difference. It has been much easier for me to achieve consistent "scant" 1/4" seam allowances after switching to Aurifil 50wt 2-ply thread, which is a finer thread than the standard 3-ply thread I had been using.

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    Thanks jcrow i will have to try that tool out

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    Prism99 i do certainly agree with you

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    I say forget worrying about the scant quarter inch seam. As long as all seams are consistent that is what counts.

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