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Thread: Achieving an Accurate 1/4" Seam Allowance

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    Thank you sooooo much. That is my biggest problem - even with a 1/4" foot. I need the guide. I have a tendency to let go of the fabric towards the end of the seam and it goes all wonky. Of course that's also the part that get sewn to the next block, thus throwing the whole project off. I need to find one 1/4" and stick with it!
    Wonky in Washington

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    Thank you. Now I should have no excuse for inaccurate 1/4 " seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndiR
    Someone was having trouble today with her blocks not being the correct size. I'm posting this tutorial to help anyone who is not sure how to tell if they are sewing accurate 1/4 inch seams. If this is hard to read, I have a version here:

    http://www.andicraftsquilting.com/ac...-inch-seam.htm
    Thank you AndiR. I hope you don't mind my adding this note.
    Here is also a 1/4 inch seam guide paper for quilters to print.I made a pile to keep near my sewing machine.
    http://www.quiltdesignnw.com/PDF/Qua...ractice%20.pdf

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    thank you

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    thank you AndiR - that is a great tip (using the graph paper) - the people on this board are great

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    I learned the trick to place a piece of masking tape at the 1/4 inch mark on my machine. The tape stays in place for quite a while and gets replaced when needed. I sew much more accurately this way. Before my seams were always too big and my blocks always too small. :-)

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    Thank you, will be a help.

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    Thank you. I guess I made the mistake of making the blocks instead of making one and measuring it. I will have to keep mine for myself and join another swap later. But I don't want to waste anyones time, just to have them sent back.

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    Thanks for that seam guide paper, I will need it. I've always just trusted my 1/4" foot and been happy when the seams met !
    Quote Originally Posted by hevemi
    Quote Originally Posted by AndiR
    Someone was having trouble today with her blocks not being the correct size. I'm posting this tutorial to help anyone who is not sure how to tell if they are sewing accurate 1/4 inch seams. If this is hard to read, I have a version here:

    http://www.andicraftsquilting.com/ac...-inch-seam.htm
    Thank you AndiR. I hope you don't mind my adding this note.
    Here is also a 1/4 inch seam guide paper for quilters to print.I made a pile to keep near my sewing machine.
    http://www.quiltdesignnw.com/PDF/Qua...ractice%20.pdf

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    Thanks for the tutorial

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