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Thread: How to get a scant 1/4 seam on a Bernina

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    Super Member arizonagirl's Avatar
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    I have finally achieved the ever elusive scant 1/4 seam and thought that I would share this information with other Bernina owners. I use the #57 1/4 foot. Move the needle to the right 2 positions to the #4 setting for the needle. I also put a piece Qtools sewing edge that I got at Alicia's Attic on the sewing table before the foot to keep the fabric lined up. You can also use a stack of post it notes. I then used a fine tipped permanent marker and made a line down both sides of this guide strip that way I will be able to see if it has shifted and can readjust it if needed. I hope everyone finds this helpful for them.

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    Robyn

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    I have a Bernina 430 and I use the quarter inch foot #57 also with the needle one notch over to the right. I'm afraid if I went 2 notches over, I would run risk of breaking a needle. I don't push the edge of the fabric into the guard on that foot, just watch it skim the edge slightly. On my old Bernina 830, I have no quarter inch foot, but click the needle over one click to the right, and follow the edge of the fabric just to the edge of the regular foot, that has a quarter inch width on the right. I learned this on my fist pieced quilt, the tipped houses, where the chimneys did not line up, and moving the needle over one notch fixed that.

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    I have been using 2 over for a week now with no problems. I had to figure this out for the Eleanor Burns Day and Night quilt that I am making for my son. It's very important to use a scant 1/4 seam with this pattern.

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    When I need a scant ", which isn't often, I use a #37 foot and one click to the right. Two clicks makes the seam allowance too small and the blocks too big.

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    My Bernina #57 is fine w/o moving the needle. Just wondering how recent you got yours ???

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