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Feed dogs and the 1/4" seam

Old 07-06-2018, 04:52 AM
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Okay, I have issues sewing a decent 1/4" seam. When I place the fabric to the needle, the 1/4" mark only hits the left feed dog, not the right, so it "pulls" funny.

Is this normal? I just think the fabric would feed better if both sides of the dog were feeding at the same time.

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Old 07-06-2018, 05:37 AM
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Interesting. What brand and model of machine do you have? Can you move your needle position?
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Old 07-06-2018, 05:41 AM
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What foot are you using on your machine? There are different ones with the 1/4 inch guide that help with those pesky seam allowance issues.

Can you show us a picture please?
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Old 07-06-2018, 05:59 AM
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I had that problem with my 1/4 inch foot so I experimented with different feet and needle positions until I found what works for me.
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I had the same problem with a newer machine with the wide feed dogs. Drove me nuts. I found a foot that was wide enough to fit over both feed dogs with the needle moved to the right that gave me the 1/4" inch. It was the plastic foot that came with the machine that I never thought to use. I still wonder why a plastic foot in with all the metal ones.
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Bonnie Hunter loves the old straight stitch machines because the feed dogs are right under the foot. On newer machines the 1/4 foot can cause the problem you are having. If you can move your needle position that might help. You might also try Bonnie Hunter's seam guide trick on the right side of the machine bed to give you a fabric guide. She uses a command strip and a section of a plastic card stuck her machine bed. If you go to her site, it is under Best Machine Guide Ever I think.
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Old 07-06-2018, 08:06 AM
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I like my plastic foot! I can "see" through it to help line up, etc.

Like many others my 1/4" seam is perfect if I line up my fabric just at the left edge of the right feed dog. so far with the IDT on my Pfaff it isn't a problem but I certainly would prefer if both feed dogs were in use!

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Old 07-06-2018, 08:28 AM
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The plastic foot that was with my metal feet is white, not clear, plastic. If you use your machine primarily for piecing be sure before you buy one you can get a 1/4 seam with both feed dogs under the foot.
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Old 07-06-2018, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
The plastic foot that was with my metal feet is white, not clear, plastic. If you use your machine primarily for piecing be sure before you buy one you can get a 1/4 seam with both feed dogs under the foot.
the white plastic foot is Teflon for sewing vinyl, plastic etc. But you can use it for anything!
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by lyric girl View Post
A 5.5 mm machine would fix that problem.
Most newer machines have the 7 mm for larger decorative stitches. Even the ones promoted for quilters. Something I didn't really think about. Unless it has a 1/4" foot that fits over the feed dogs it is a frustration. My old trusty Bernina is still going strong with the 5 mm width.
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