Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 7 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 70

Thread: Tips for 1/4" seam allowance

  1. #1
    Super Member amandasgramma's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    La Pine Oregon, USA
    Posts
    5,825

    Tips for 1/4" seam allowance

    I've noticed some "talk" here about the 1/4" seam allowance --- achieving it/not achieving it. All the tutorials I've seen in the past lacked one thing that I noticed not long ago. I've had the problem with being accurate when sewing in the past. This week I've been trying my BEST to be as accurate as possible. I saw someone in a video doing something that has REALLY helped! So I thought I'd share with you.

    I noticed that when the person on tv (F&P or ?) was sewing the 1/4" seam she had the bottom fabric SLIGHTLY (and I do mean SLIGHTLY) showing along the outer edge. Many times I'd get a seam done, turn the block over and the bottom fabric would have moved over and away. I've been trying this where, when I line the fabric up, I allow the bottom fabric to be a fraction to the right where I can see it. I have to tell you --- I've sewing 50 triple sashing stitches this week, then measured to cut and I've NEVER had my 1/4" seams so perfect!!!!!

    I hope this helps you all!!!

    Cheers! and Happy Quilting!
    Dee


    "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." by George Bernard Shaw

  2. #2
    ro
    ro is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    West Islip, NY
    Posts
    417
    Blog Entries
    1
    thanks for the tip. ya never know til you try. and you're right sometimes that bottom has a mind of its on and just takes a walk.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Krisb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Asheville, Lake Vermilion
    Posts
    856
    Blog Entries
    26
    Thanks--I will try that. But I don't comprehend why a foot designed for quilting will not measure a "scant" 1/4" accurately.
    I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

  4. #4
    Power Poster gabeway's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Kansas City, MO
    Posts
    10,367
    Thanks for the tip.
    Wayne & Gabriele, the married quilters.

  5. #5
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    33,744
    Blog Entries
    18
    thanks for this great tip
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak THINK
    T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?



  6. #6
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    8,568
    I do this. It really does help.
    I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health - Voltaire

  7. #7
    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Upland CA
    Posts
    18,363
    Thank you for the tip, I will give that a try!!!

  8. #8
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Louisville, KY
    Posts
    1,277
    Thanks I'll try it since I always have trouble with my seams!
    I also saw a video on the internet (sorry, can't remember who/what it was) that showed three different 1/4" feet from three different machines. None of them sewed a 1/4" seam! You HAVE to measure on you own machine(s) to find the right place.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Manchester, NH
    Posts
    703
    Quote Originally Posted by Krisb View Post
    Thanks--I will try that. But I don't comprehend why a foot designed for quilting will not measure a "scant" 1/4" accurately.
    It's not the fault of the foot...it's that pesky fabric that likes to slip and slide. I discovered putting the under fabric a really slight distance to the right of the top fabric so i could just barely see it and it really does work. halleluh!!!

  10. #10
    Senior Member shirley35's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Marion, Iowa
    Posts
    518
    Blog Entries
    2
    I started doing this about a year ago and it really makes and difference in my seam.

Page 1 of 7 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.