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Thread: Seam allowance

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    I had the same problem when I first started quilting. I had to unlearn the automatic 5/8 seam allowance that I learned many years ago. Get a 1/4 inch foot with the metal guiide on the side. It has helped me match up my seams more than anything.

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    you will not be the only one who didnt know 1/4 inch was the universal seam allowance for quilts but even knowing a 1/4 inch seam is crucial dosn't make sewing them easy--recently after quilting for 10+years i invested in a 1/4 inch foot -- bliss--there is some kind over addictive thrill when seams meet perfectly---also once you know the rule and why you can with adjustments break it

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    There are tutorials available about how to get an accurate sewn 1/4 inch seam both here and on the web. There may also be a video on the subject at You Tube as well as some quilt shops online may have some instructions.

    If after reading through some of the tutorials you still have questions please post them so we can help with the learning curve of the scant 1/4 inch and any other issues.

    Glad to have you here and quilting with us.

    Pam M

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    Here's a good tutorial on how to achieve a perfect 1/4" seam allowance.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-89997-1.htm

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    It's hard to switch your mind like that. I sewed clothes for years and was so used to the 5/8". Then I got some kwik sew and stretch & sew patterns and they were 1/4". That took some getting used to. By the time I started quilting I was used to a full 1/4" so now I have to figure out the scant 1/4" every time.

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    I actually bought the plastic thingo and it's been very handy! The only time you break the quarter inch rule is generally when sewing denim/corduroy/ragging. Took me a time to get it, but once you do, everything will fall into place (literally!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker
    I actually bought the plastic thingo and it's been very handy! The only time you break the quarter inch rule is generally when sewing denim/corduroy/ragging. Took me a time to get it, but once you do, everything will fall into place (literally!).
    So, the plastic thingo works? It looks like you mark your edges and then sew on a line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    If you've ever sewn clothing it's a little hard in the beginning of a quilt journey to remember the 1/4 seams!
    That's what MY problem was :)
    Yes, I have made clothes all my life. The 1/4 inch seam allowance was not covered in anything I read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GwynR
    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    If you've ever sewn clothing it's a little hard in the beginning of a quilt journey to remember the 1/4 seams!
    That's what MY problem was :)
    Been there done that, also tried the 1/4 inch on some clothes once....
    I bet that did not work well for the clothes. I am so glad I was not the only one to do this on a quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB
    I had the same problem when I first started quilting. I had to unlearn the automatic 5/8 seam allowance that I learned many years ago. Get a 1/4 inch foot with the metal guiide on the side. It has helped me match up my seams more than anything.
    I am going to see if I have a foot in my kit with my Janome or if I can buy one. I love the gadgets as long as they work!

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