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Thread: Question regarding the infamous 1/4"

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    I did a search and did not find anything so please forgive my ignorance if this has been answered before I am very new to quilting.
    In a pattern I have it is calling for a 1/4 inch seam allowance for all blocks so do I use the true 1/4 inch or the scant 1/4 inch??
    Thank you and I hope everyone is have a wonderful day!!!

    Lisa

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    Personally I always aim for the scant 1/4". That is my likely with block I make.

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    It really depends on the block, some simple patterns you don't need a scant.

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    I really have a hard time understanding the scant vs true. I mean, I understand the concept, but I guess I haven't seen it in practice. I'm an extremely visual learner so I guess I'll have to wait to find someone to "show" me.

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    I can't see well enough to do a scant 1/4" so I just find the true 1/4" (with an index card) and use it on all quilts.

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    1/4" is 1/4 " .... a good way to check if you are getting the right measurement is to sew three 1-1/2" strips together and re-measure. If it's 3-1/2", then you've got your 1/4" bang on.

    If not, you're not doing 1/4"!!

    Sometimes it's easier to move your needle position to get you that precision, than to change how you sew, especially if you're using a 1/4" foot.

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    If it calls for a 1/4 inch, then I would do that. It should say if they want you to only use a scant 1/4. Until recently patterns were always cut for the regular 1/4 inch seam allowance. I don't understand why that has changed, but since it has we just have to go with it I guess. If you aren't sure about your 1/4 inch then I would do a test piece and make sure it is accurate before starting the project.

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    After sewing a block using the 1/4", measure to see if it is the correct size. If it comes up short, then use the scant 1/4"

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    i'm just consistent w/ how i sew the seam. It makes me head hurt to over-think something ;)

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    The other consideration in all this ... pressing! A good sharp press on the seam, makes such a difference to the measurements.

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