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Thread: Achieving an Accurate 1/4" Seam Allowance

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    Junior Member iamjanet's Avatar
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    Oh, I mis-read the tute. Only the center strip is measured. My bad!
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    Janet, I am measuring only the CENTER strip of fabric - the cream-colored one in my photo. THAT is what measures 1". You are correct that the entire piece of 3 strips would measure 3-1/2".

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    Oops, I was posting the same time you were! LOL

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    :-) Thank You "SEW" much

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    The graph paper idea is great - I'm going to try that. My 1/4 foot is a little wiggly and less than accurate!

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    Okay - I've got a dumb question here. I used the graph idea and found that the 1/4 inch on both of my sewing machines (good and cheaper) both miss covering the "right" feed dogs. So, Ideally I should adjust the needle so that the 1/4 inch includes that right set of feed dogs (for an even feed?) or don't worry about it feeding over the right feed dogs? (Told ya it was dumb) but I am a new quilter. Thanks.
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    Thanks for the graph paper idea. Maybe I will have better luck now. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marysewfun
    Okay - I've got a dumb question here. I used the graph idea and found that the 1/4 inch on both of my sewing machines (good and cheaper) both miss covering the "right" feed dogs. So, Ideally I should adjust the needle so that the 1/4 inch includes that right set of feed dogs (for an even feed?) or don't worry about it feeding over the right feed dogs? (Told ya it was dumb) but I am a new quilter. Thanks.
    Marysewfun
    Actually it's a good question, Mary. If you have the ability to move the needle so that the fabric will cover both feed dogs, I would do it that way. I think the fabric will feed in more evenly and you'll get a straighter seam. I have to move the needle when I'm using my walking foot and I want a 1/4"

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    Thanks. Learned a similar trick from John Flynn a few years back when I took a quilting class at a retreat, in Spearfish at the new lodge. new lodge.

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    thank you, I am working in my first quilt and was wondering about being accurate, thank you very much.

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