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Thread: Seam allowance

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    Super Member Favorite Fabrics's Avatar
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    I still find it hard to go back to 5/8" seams for the few garments I still make, after all these years of 1/4" sewing.

    I keep drifting down to 1/2" seams.

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    Wow, you've been making clothes haven't you? I know it's hard to switch down to 1/4" seams. It doesn't seem like it should be secure enough to wash multiple times but it does work well. I had the exact opposite problem I found some nice fabric and a easy pattern for a jacket and thought I could whip it out easily. I completed a whole bunch with 1/4" seams. Luckily a friend of mine came over and saw what I was doing and reminded me that I would be wearing it and should read the pattern correctly. Oops, luckily I could go back and resew everything.

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    Perth, Western Australia
    Quote Originally Posted by Hope2quilt
    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.
    Yep...when I was starting out it was really useful and I still hold it up next to my seams just to make sure I'm still on track...it is only a simple thing but I have found it one of the more useful gadgets.

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    Big Bear City Ca
    Luckily Bernina has 1/4 inch foot which is wonderful..

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