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Thread: Ok small vent

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    Super Member nena's Avatar
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    Someone please tell me who came up with a SCANT 1/4in. seam? I bought a pretty quilt top from a lady. While ironing it I noticed a few seams that were not sewn together. I looked and she really took a scant seam to extreme. Log story short I had to resew about 50 different places... Geez
    Holy Moly Batman and Robin... I will never use a scant 1/4 seam ever again. lol

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    Maybe she didn't wash the fabrics before quilting/sewing. The washing will bring out the weakness in fabric, if any. Or make it softer or thinner.

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    Scant 1/4" doesn't mean no seam allowance. My scant 1/4' seams (done correctly) hold up just fine.

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    Tell me about it, and lived through the experience too.

    If in a block swap, then by all means my 1/4 seam is relevant to the pattern directions, but for my projects now, I am using a tad bigger than the 1/4" seam to avoid ripped seams.

    IMHO; It's better to make the seams a tad bigger just in case.

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    I figure I'm lucky to get a 1/4 seam. LOL

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    A scant 1/4" seam means a thread or so less than 1/4. Your quilt was probably constructed a bit carelessly in the areas you found loose. Easy mistake to make. Also the possibility of shrinkage is true.

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    I was lucky enough to find a 1/4 foot ,same as mine, at the thrift store. Got DH to grind the side just a tad & that's my scant 1/4 inch.

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    Some of the cheap imported pieced quilts have only one or two threads of seam allowance.
    Someone once gave me one as a gift ( no comment) .. and it did not make it through one wash without falling appart.

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    Scant doesn't mean no seam. Maybe her tension was off and that caused the threads to come out.
    Sue

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