1/4" or scant 1/4" - what do you prefer?

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by , 11-10-2011 at 05:08 AM (367 Views)
Quote Originally Posted by bvillequilter View Post
Do you measure at the stitch line or after? Do you steam shrink your block if it is slightly larger? Do you find different brands, weight (50 or 60) thread makes a difference whether you use a 1/4" or scant 1/4"?

I use good quality serging thread which creates less bunk and the result is a perfect 1/4" seam with the Bernina #57 foot. However, when I use regular 50 weight thread I use a scant 1/4" which is accomplished by moving the needle one notch to the right using the #57 Bernina foot.
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  1. GemState's Avatar
    It isn't the measurement of your seam that is the important thing. It can vary with the type of fabric and thread you are using. The measurement to be concerned about is size of the pieces you are sewing together. Sew your seam, press it, then measure the piece you have just sewn. If it is smaller than it should be your seam is too wide, and vice versa.

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