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Thread: Using Your 1/4" Foot

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    Using Your 1/4" Foot

    I have learned, the hard way, to start and finish your whole quilt using same machine when you use the 1/4" foot. Didn't know it would make that much difference, but it does. Maybe it is the mfg. I was using a Pfaff and a Brother machine. Has anybody else noticed the difference?
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    Yes, even using a different model but same mfg. there can be a difference. Why is consistency so hard...lol.
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    I have heard of this also- that is why I always try to keep everything the same for the whole block ( if it is just one I need ) to the whole quilt top - Sorry you had these problems
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    I did the same thing !!! I had to take in my Pfaff for a cleaning and used my Babylock to finish up. Drove me nuts that the seams didnt match.. Grrrrrrrr... I feel your pain....

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    Yes, and even buying a special 1/4" foot for my machine didn't make for an accurate 1/4" seam I still have to move the needle 2 clicks to the right which means I have to use the zigzag needleplate for straight stitching - this aggravates me because I'm not getting the best stitch quality as a would with straight stitch needleplate - aaargh!

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    It does seem strange. You would think that 1/4 inch was 1/4 inch, wouldn't you?

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    I use only one machine for piecing but I still check my 1/4" seam every time I start
    a new project. Each fabric is different. Easier to do the 3 strips test than do a lot
    of ripping.

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    Couldn't you just measure if it's 1/4 inch and then move your needle to that position?

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    Oh yeah. Always use the same machine for the same project. I, too, have learned the hard way.
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    Yes, it's true!! Ah, experience!!
    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I use only one machine for piecing but I still check my 1/4" seam every time I start
    a new project. Each fabric is different. Easier to do the 3 strips test than do a lot
    of ripping.
    Charlie DiSante

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