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Half Square Triangle help!!!

Old 04-23-2009, 06:58 PM
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Ok, My last quilt top was a challenge to say the least....
I spent all day Saturday (last weekend) getting my "scant" 1/4" seam perfected...I think I am ok now!!!
But....I cut out a quilt that has squares where you need to put a diagonal line down them and then sew 1/4" seams from this line...on each side then cut along the marked line.
My problem is how do I do this if I have put my Seam Guide (Sticky tape) along my face plate of my machine and not have my triangles and seams go wonky?
Am I going to have to take this off and start over, get a new face plate???
All suggestions are welcome...and how come I can't just slice the squares into half triangles and then sew the seams...?
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:02 PM
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Sewing the square is an easier way to do it, because you don't have a biased edge that can stretch. If you don't have a 1/4 inch foot for your machine, simply draw your line from corner to corner, then draw another line on each side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first. Sew down those lines, and voila! :-)
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:05 PM
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i do the same thing as the previous post -

i have a ruler from fons and porter that you place on the square and you draw the line down both side and then just cut them apart.
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:15 PM
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You can try cutting one of your squares in half diagonally and sewing the seam. Check to see if it comes out the right size. Just be very careful you do not stretch the bias sides of your triangles :D
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:45 PM
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I'd forget about that method completely and get some Thangles. They make it so easy, and your triangles will be perfect!
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:00 PM
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I love my 1/4 foot... Before I got it though, I had a magnetic tape to put onto face plate... but of course masking tape works just as well.

As far as getting your tape off, have you tried fingernail polish remover? It works for lots of things.

Masking tape is a better choice for many purposes since it doesn't damage the surface it is on. For example, it's great for putting up party decorations without peeling off the wall paint when removed. I've used it on my fabric for straight lines instead of penciling like when quilting diagonally across the squares.
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:10 AM
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I also draw lines on mine. You can take the tape off with alcohol also.
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:28 AM
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i do like the others and draw the lines but i also cut my fabric bigger then it says. If pattern calls for 2 7/8 i cut it either 3 or 3 1/2 sew it and then square it up to 2.5. I always cut it bigger then called for.
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:52 AM
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I do like Zennia does, I always cut a little bigger then square it up. Also if you do take your tape off of your machine and clean it up, next time use blue masking tape it doesn't make the mess some tapes does. I haven't had my full cup of coffee yet this morning :wink: but why do you need to take your seam guide off? You aren't using it for this project, just ignore it, or did you build the tape thickness up to high?
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:30 AM
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I tried this out and it works if you have any questions i'm sure Rhonda will answer them.

Oh and it's simple as pie
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