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Thread: solution to 1/4" seam

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    Super Member jrhboxers's Avatar
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    When I make play/outdoor/picnic quilts (usually with denim as the backing) I use 1/2" seams. I know that these quilts will be well LOVED and used and want them to stand up to the use/abuse. These are usually just really simple patterns so triangles and little pieces are not an issue.

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    For big patterns in the quitls the " seem seems to fit well.

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    Before I had a 1/4" foot with guide for my machine I just made the seam allowance the width of my sewing foot. Each seam was the same so it worked great.

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    My sister, the tailor and general sewer, feels the exact same way! "Only a quarter of an inch?!?"

    Go forward in faith! It's not as hard as it appears at first. Besides, fudging with a larger seam allowance means your squares and corners will be less likely to match.

    You will also use a lot less fabric.

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    I started with a larger seam when I first started but soon found that anything with triangles was doomed to lose points. So I struggled through the 1/4" challenge. Now, I have a hard time sewing anything bigger than a 1/4"

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    I found that sticking with the 1/4 inch foot with guide is the perfect solution... For me!!! When I first started I did
    practice strips to make sure I was doing a good qtr inch.

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    I use 1/2-inch seams when sewing flannel quilts. For cotton I use 1/4", which seems easy enough for me (she said, as she took a sewing break to rip out a 1/4" seam that she sewed at some odd measurement... lol...)

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    I love the 1/2" seam for quilts for toddlers...little more substantial and wears better. If there are points involved always 1/4". My seam depends on the project, just keep it consistent throughout...lol.

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