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Thread: 1/4 inch foot

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    Senior Member lhavelka's Avatar
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    Well I found out the hard way that my 1/4 inch foot that I purchased for my Brother machine is not a true 1/4 inch. I sewed three 2 1/2 strips together and then cut them into 2 1/2 blocks. After sewing them together and pressing it was supposed to measure 6 1/2 inches. I had a piece that was supposed to get sewn onto this that measured 6 1/2. Well guess what, it didnt fit. Not even close. I took out all the stitches and did it without the 1/4 inch foot and guess what.... it fit. You would think that when you buy a 1/4 inch foot it would work.

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    Each machines needle placement can be slightly off... I know another member with a Brother who was having the same problem...

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    As long as you use the same machine with the same foot, everything should match.

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    I thought so too. But the pattern had me put three 2 1/2 pieces together and then the separate piece was 6 1/2 to be sewn on that. So I would have to cut all the 6 1/2 pieces smaller and there are also triangles that go on as well that wouldnt match. So do I cut all the pieces smaller?

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    Can you try again moving your needle placement? I have 5 different needle placement locations.

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    What Brother do you have ?

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    Hi, I have yet to find a machine and their 1/4 inch foot with the guide sew a true 1/4 inch seam. I have had to file the single hole in the plastic part of the foot to make it more slotlike so that I could adjust the needle to get the correct size seam. Sometimes it has to do with the thread and fabric. Heavier fabric + thicker gauge thread will take up more space and offset the 1/4 inch seam. Pre-cut kits can be a nightmare. You must do a few practice seams to get the right size seam so that the add on pieces fit. Anne

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    I put a piece of masking tape on the bed of my machine 1/4" away from the needle. I do a couple of test pieces and make sure that it is accurate. You're golden after that.

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    I have a Brother machine also and have several 1/4" feet. The one that works for me is the foot with the guide on the right side. That foot makes a perfect scant 1/4" seam.

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    I hear your pain!!! I have a Janome Jem Platinum 760....when I turn the machine on its needle is set at 01 -- I have to reset it at 4 EVERY time when using the 1/4" pressure foot. Can't tell you how many times I've had to take out seams and resew because I forget. I've griped that you'd think if the foot is made for this machine, that they'd set them on a standard.

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    I had the same problem with my Janome. I ended up using my Vintage Model 66 for piecing. I can use the regular seam guide as it has an extra hole that is closer.

    Since then I have barely touched my Janome. All that money wasted! I only use it now when I need a different stitch or the free arm for purses, etc.

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    Am not so sure it is the 1/4 inch that is off; but the fact that most instructions want you to make a scant quarter, so that when pressed it is a perfect 1/4. I also have to move my needle over one to get it right.

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    That's interesting. I also recently discovered the same thing with the 1/4 foot on my Brother. It made a too generous seam. Theoretically, I thought it wouldn't matter if I was consistent. Wrong. Especially because the designer of the pattern I was using wanted scant 1/4 seams (not to mention a couple of major measurement typos in the pattern - but that's a whole different topic) .Eventually, I ripped out the blocks and measured a scant 1/4 inch from the '0' position needle, and used a regular foot. It seemed like the 1/4 foot actually measured about three threads greater than a 1/4 inch.

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    On my Brother I have a foot that has a line drawn on it. I set my needle to 6.5 and make sure I sew with the fabric edge *not hitting* the line by a *smidge*. Works for me.

    On my Singer I use the 1/4" foot (or so I think it is?) and I have a small piece of tape with a line drawn on it on the plate. When I sew I don't want the fabric 'past the foot' NOR do I want to 'see the line'. I give myself a tiny bit of sewing leeway to get my 1/4".

    Besides - having to use the foot and the line on the machine's bed - helps keep my mind wandering too much when I'm mass producing blocks. "ooops there's the line - the fabric's over too much to the left" "ooops it's past the foot - it's over too much to the right" KWIM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhavelka
    Well I found out the hard way that my 1/4 inch foot that I purchased for my Brother machine is not a true 1/4 inch. I sewed three 2 1/2 strips together and then cut them into 2 1/2 blocks. After sewing them together and pressing it was supposed to measure 6 1/2 inches. I had a piece that was supposed to get sewn onto this that measured 6 1/2. Well guess what, it didnt fit. Not even close. I took out all the stitches and did it without the 1/4 inch foot and guess what.... it fit. You would think that when you buy a 1/4 inch foot it would work.
    i have a brotherpc6000,was in the shop because if i want to use the 1/4 "foot i have to re-set the needle evevry time.the last time i forgot the needle jammed into the bobbin race & really messed ti up bad.took 3 wks to get it back,still isn't right so it's back in again.almost every "special" foot have to re-set needle. now i have a post-it to remind me to check needle

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    ReRe on the board gave me a way to get the 1/4" without the special foot and it works :wink: Now I have it taped to my machine :thumbup:

    Using the N or J foot depending on if you want a true 1/4" or a scant

    DO NOT select a stitch number leave it at 00 Stitch length can be 2.5 or 2.0, the number under that 7.0 :thumbup: And no more special foot needed :lol:

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    wow, awesome

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    ReRe on the board gave me a way to get the 1/4" without the special foot and it works :wink: Now I have it taped to my machine :thumbup:

    Using the N or J foot depending on if you want a true 1/4" or a scant

    DO NOT select a stitch number leave it at 00 Stitch length can be 2.5 or 2.0, the number under that 7.0 :thumbup: And no more special foot needed :lol:

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