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Thread: Seam allowances

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    Ok someone please explain to this visually impaired new quilter where and how do you measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance?
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    What kind of machine do you have? Do you have a quarter inch foot?

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    It is 1/4" from the right or left of the needle. Mark the place with tape or use the 1/4" foot for the machine. But if you do use the foot be sure it is accurate and adjust accordingly. All 1/4" feet are not created equally.

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    No 1/4 inch foot u measure from the needle?

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    I sent you a pm of the way I teach.

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    Yes painacs, from the needle to the edge of the foot. :D:D:D

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    Now I'm confused reading the two different ways.
    One from the needle than one from the side of the needle.

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    you put your needle down then use a ruler and put it against the needle; make a mark at the 1/4" line then you can put a piece of tape on your machine as a guide.
    a good way to learn where your 1/4" is; is to cut 3 strips of fabric each 1 1/2" wide by about 6" long; sew them together with what you think is 1/4" seam, open, press your rectangle and measure it should measure 6" x 3 1/2" if it doesn't you adjust your seam allowance in what ever direction you need to (wider or narrower) and try again until you have it consistant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    you put your needle down then use a ruler and put it against the needle; make a mark at the 1/4" line then you can put a piece of tape on your machine as a guide.
    a good way to learn where your 1/4" is; is to cut 3 strips of fabric each 1 1/2" wide by about 6" long; sew them together with what you think is 1/4" seam, open, press your rectangle and measure it should measure 6" x 3 1/2" if it doesn't you adjust your seam allowance in what ever direction you need to (wider or narrower) and try again until you have it consistant.
    What I was going to say. :)

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