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Thread: Scant 1/4"

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    Super Member Olivia's Grammy's Avatar
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    What is a "scant" is that one thead or two less than a 1/4? Is there a "scant" foot? Why not when designing the pattern you make the blocks a "scant" bigger? I'm making a new block (for me) Double T and it calls for a "scant" seam. Wish me luck as I try to figure how big a "scant" is.

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    I would say a "scant 1/4" is one to two threads less than a full quarter inch. Does that help?

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    Yes the scant quarter inch seam is a thread or two short of a quarter inch. It is a more accurate piecing seam. When you are making more detailed pieced blocks, it makes a difference when setting them all together. There are some quilter's that go to a eighth inch seam for some blocks, to eliminate the bulk.

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    All I know is that it drives me nuts! I wish they would make a "scant 1/4" foot but I also realize there are other factors involved like where ones needle is positioned and each machines idoscincries. I use a small stack of post-it-notes as a sewing guide and position it after I put my ruler under the needle then line up the notes against it. I have to make sure I use the same ruler each time or it can be off.
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    Here's my block. I did the scant by going one less thread. It was to big so I did the regular 1/4 and it worked. Actually when I did all the little blocks I had to trim down. I am doing this as a wedding gift for my DB. I'm getting ready to send him a the picture of the block. I'm not crazy about the color choice but SIL want light blue and white.
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    How you measure your fabrics while rotary cutting can also make a difference between needing a scant or 1/4" seam. If I use the far side of my ruler lines I can usually go with a 1/4", if I use the top edge of the line, I mostly have to use a scant 1/4" :wink:
    Also the position of your needle in regard to your presser foot can be a variable in the seam width. As can how you see your fabric moving under the presser foot. One of my friends always has a thread outside of the presser foot while she sews...she says that she can't "see" under the foot LOL but she does have perfect seams :D:D:D

    I make one block and measure it as I go, adjust my needle position, my cutting, to get the end result that I am looking for :wink: then I cut out the rest of my fabrics and start sewing them.

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    I forgot to say that your block is beautiful!!!! :D:D:D

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    Your block is beautiful. I think you did a great job and I like the fabrics. It's going to be a beautiful quilt.

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    I love your block, you are doing a great job!!

    I also use the ruler trick that wonderful amma is talking about. I could never figure out where the heck SCANT 1/4 was so I just said the heck with it and tried cutting the way she said and sewing what I know and it works wonderfully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Gramy
    Here's my block. I did the scant by going one less thread. It was to big so I did the regular 1/4 and it worked. Actually when I did all the little blocks I had to trim down. I am doing this as a wedding gift for my DB. I'm getting ready to send him a the picture of the block. I'm not crazy about the color choice but SIL want light blue and white.
    pretty

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