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Thread: It all makes sense!!

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    It all makes sense!!

    I'm making a quilt for my sister and decided I would measure my sewing foot and I discovered it wasn't a quarter in foot! I thought all along that it was. Now I understand why my other patterns never worked out! So I taped up my sewing machine to mark a quarter in and it's making my life so much easier!
    Now I know another thing to add to my Christmas list!

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    I had the same problem and ended up doing the same thing. Makes a huge difference!

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    Good for you for figuring out the problem! Now, can you figure out mine?? LOL

    Sue

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    congrats on your discovery. life will be better with it fixed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    congrats on your discovery. life will be better with it fixed!
    I second that.

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    Same thing happened to me. My guide on the plate is marked at 1/8 intervals. So I assumed what was marked as 2/8 was actually 1/4". Found out that it is actually 3/8 when I finally got around to measuring it earlier this week. I put a piece of masking tape there so I don't forget. Now I know why my Christmas wallhanging that I won't be finishing till next year...because of the problems of not have 1/4" seams...was a pain in the butt.

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    I love that my pressure foot is 1/4". Makes life so much easier!

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    I'm glad you figured it out. It took me a long time to figure out what I was doing wrong with some of my projects, it wasn't me, it was my foot.

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    By the time I noticed my error, I had half theblocks done. I will have to keep it up for this one.

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    I found out by taking my first class that I was sewing with my fabric inside the from the foot to the bed lol. Instead of on the outside of the foot. Heck I taught myself how to sew. What wonder nothing ever matched up

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    My 1/4" foot has a guard and had found out that if I push the fabric to much, it skooched up the guard and seams were too big. So, I also have added tape, to keep my 1/4" seams more accurate.

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    Make sure you ask for a metal 1/4" foot. When I purchased my machine the salesman sold me a plastic one. It broke! Had to go back; he then asked me if I wanted metal (would have bought metal the first time if I had known).
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    I did a tutorial a while back on how to check that your 1/4 inch seam is accurate. You can find the thread here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...ce-t89997.html

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    I had sewn with my original basic foot for many years before measuring it and discovering it was actually a scant over a 1/4". I looked for a long time to find a 1/4" foot for my Pfaff machine and didn't find one until I had to travel 200 miles to an authorized dealer to get my machine serviced. At first, I didn't care for it at all and kept going back to the other foot. Finally, I gave myself a good talking to about adapting and learning new things. lol Now I love it and seldom use the original foot. I also bought an open toe applique foot and a couple of other feet. The applique foot is wonderful for many things.

    Isn't it wonderful when you get things figured out and you discover you are not the problem?

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    Tape on the machine is the only way I have been able to get a 1/4 inch accurately.
    katigirl

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    I always have to do a scant even with a 1/4 in foot with a quide. My blocks turn out to small otherwise.
    I dont understand how others can get the quarter inch to work, it is a mystery.

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    I have a 1/4" foot that isn't accurate. I now only trust the tape barrier that I measured and placed myself. It really does make piecing life soooo much easier.

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    I have a 1/4 inch foot, but when i'm sewing without it and using the regular foot I have my blue painters tape on my machine to mark a quarter inch. Helps a lot.
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