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Thread: Bernina foot #37 - question about needle position

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    Bernina foot #37 - question about needle position


    So as I am becoming more aware of 1/4inch seams, I was wondering if I should move the needle right next to the foot of the machine, or should I keep it centered? When centered, in my opinion, its a little large, and then when pushed to the right a little, it seems just like a scant quarter inch.

    For those with this foot, how where is your needle positioned? JC

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    Super Member Wanabee Quiltin's Avatar
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    I have a Bernina and I do use the #37 all the time. It is true that with the needle in the middle, the seam is a 1/4 inch and not the scant 1/4. I use to move the needle over so it was perfect, but I don't do it anymore. I just sew it over a little and it works out fine. Try sewing with it and see what works for you.

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    My # 37 1/4 inch foot does an excellent job on the seams with the needle in the center position. You can always test your seam allowance and adjust your needle position if needed.

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    Get out a piece of quarter inch graph paper, put a grid line right at the edge of your foot and lower the needle until it's just above the paper. Now move the needle to the right until it's a hair to the right of the next gridline. You can test by lowering the needle into the paper. That needle position is your scant quarter inch seam.

    I don't use a #37 foot. I use a #20 foot with the needle one click to the right for a perfect scant quarter inch seam with the bonus of the open toe, full visibility of where I'm going, and the fabric fully on top of both feed dogs.
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    Super Member franc36's Avatar
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    With the needle in the center position and Aurifil thread, my seam comes out fine. I tried moving the needle over one space and the seam was too scant so I went back to the center position. I haven't tried the #37 with thicker thread.

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    I use the 37 on my Bernina in the center because when I turn the machine on that is where the needle goes and I forget too many times to move it before sewing. I have to resew too many pieces so I just leave it in the center.
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    Super Member sewingsuz's Avatar
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    I use the foot #37 and just leave it in the center. I check the seam the other day and it is good for 1/4 inch.
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    Senior Member sewplease's Avatar
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    I use the needle in the center but try to not have any fabric peeking out on the right side of the foot.

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    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
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    I usually put my needle one click to the right with the #37 foot. It depends on the thread and fabric, so test first.

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    I use # 37 also and keep my needle in the center , unless a scant 1/4 is called for, then 1 click to the right.

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