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Thread: help needed for sewing a 1/4 in seam

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    If you go to www.quiltville.blogspot.com and click on the tips tab? you will find a post tilted Best Seam Guide. Bonnie uses the 3M stick strip and a piece of a hotel key card fit her vintage machines. It comes off nicely and doesn't damage the machine and gets you your 1/4 seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Sew Classic sell a 1/4 inch foot for the Featherweight. It has the fence on the side to achieve the 1/4 inch seam.

    http://www.sew-classic.com/
    I bought one too...does just fine. I also just bought a quilting walking foot but have not tried it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiLu View Post
    Some use a thick stack of Post-It Notes on the 1/4 inch line on the throatplate. That limits where you can sew.
    I use Command strips that is used for hanging pictures to mark the 1/4" also. Love them, no sticky residue.

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    I just trimmed down a Post it note (one sheet) and it works fine. mainly just to guide. I don't sew fast. I check every couple inches to make sure everything is at the 1/4" seam. Also if you have any kind of adhesive residue a good remover is "GOO BE GONE". A little on a Q-Tip or tiny piece of cloth works great. Then just buff with a tiny soft scrap of material and you're good to go.

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    Dritz also offers a magnetic fabric guide. No icky tape or screws. You can get them at JoAnn Fabrics.

    It only works on real sewing machines though, not the plastic ones.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letty View Post
    My DH bought me two featherweights a 222 and a 221.They are lovely machines, just slight tension problems with the 221.I want to use them to piece but don't really want to use tape to indicate a 1/4 inch sewing line in case I spoil the enamel .Is there a quilting foot for the featherweight ? Or can you clever girls come up with other ideas. I woild so love to make a quilt using them. Many thanks, Letty
    I have all kinds of feet and accessories for the featherweight on my website: www.thequiltgal.com.
    Kathleen Clendennen
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    You could check www.novamontgomery.com she has the guide that I like the best. You can find a lot of Featherweight information here also.
    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Personally, I don't care for the feet with the edge guards so I buy only the regular, 1/4" feet. There's also a product I have that I bought at the last quilt show. I'd have to look at the name of them. But they're small, purple, vinyl strips that attach like tape does, but they're re-positionable and you can easily move and reattach them. They act like tape, but don't hurt the paint on the bed of the machine.
    I buy the feet with the guides and then do "surgery", take a pair of needle nose pliers and snap the guide off.

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    Morning!

    There is a clear, reusable, glueless tape (probably vinyl) that I bought at an LQS a while back. It is formally called Hugo's New Amazing Tape. It is about 2 1/2 " wide, comes in a roll, can be cut lengthwise, across, however you like. It can be written on but you have to play a little to figure out what to write with so the ink does not bleed onto your fabric. The edge will serve as a marker on the bed of the machine so you only have to write on the tape if you want to.

    I thought I was going to be the sole user of the stuff but it has been very popular in my husband's home office. Fortunately, it is a pretty big roll and I adore my husband.

    Hope this helps. Please enjoy the day no matter what.

    Pat

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    This is just a question and not an insult or jibe, but why or what is the fascination about tape?
    There are a number of fabric guides that are designed for different machines. They do not mess up the machine or damage the finish.
    Yet I find machines all taped up with masking tape, electrical tape, bandage tape ( that old white fabric type that is horrid to get off), and now all sorts of "modern" tapes.

    Why use that stuff rather than an accessory designed to do the job?

    Just curious.

    Joe

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