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Thread: I love my new piecing foot!

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    I love doing piecing, but have always had trouble getting a perfect 1/4" seam -- my fabric would shift around, or kick to the left, and getting the fabric to perfectly, consistently line up with the edge of the foot was often difficult. So after Christmas, I went to our local sewing machine place, and talked to them about it, and they recommended a stitching foot with a guide:

    http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/vi...-412914145.php (just a link so you can see what I'm talking about)

    It works so great -- I have a perfect 1/4" seam now, every time. And I don't have to pin the pieces together anymore to keep them straight, which is a huge time saver.

    It's probably old news to most of you, but in case any other newbies are having similar troubles, I thought I would mention it; I would imagine most sewing machines would have such a foot available.

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    I couldn't live without my 1/4" seam guide foot. It's the only thing that helps sew a straight line

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    Thanks for the info. I'll have to look into this.

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    I have a reg foot that makes 1/4 in seams. works great for me

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    I bought a 1/4" foot with metal blade to fit all my machines. I have one for my Featherweight too.

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    My 1/4" foot, with a metal guide, broke after two months. :0/

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    I couldn't beleive how much more accurate my mini's were after I bought and used my 1/4" foot :-D

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    I had one Janome 1/4 foot break. It was the cheaper one but the only one available when I needed it. The shop gave me a refund and I ordered the better quality one and there is a big difference.

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    It was the good quality one. Allegedly. Ha. That was the price anyway.

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    I love the 1/4 foot that came with my Jannome 9000.

    However, when I use it I find that the finished size of the blocks don't always turn out correct....for instance if the finished block should be a 12.5" block, sometimes the blocks come out as a 12 1/4" block instead. I am not very good a 'scant' 1/4" seams.......so I've tried to make the fabric cuts 1/4" or 1/2" larger than pattern calls for and that does not work either.

    How does one go about doing an accurate 'scant' 1/4" seam?

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    sometimes even with the 1/4 inch foot, you can either let the fabric wander away from the needle or push it in towards the foot too much. it's only a guide. and yep, i hate instructions that say sew a scant 1/4 inch seam. all right, all ready.

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    we had a conversation about this recently in another thread.

    it turns out that even though 1/4" feet are designed especially to achieve a 1/4" seam, the default needle position differs among brands and models of machine. soooooo even if you're using the 1/4" foot made especially for your machine you might not get that 1/4" seam without adjusting the needle position.

    for example, i have two different janome models. if i use the 1/4" foot on the first machine with the needle in the default position, i automatically get a scant 1/4" seam. i must adjust the needle position to get a full 1/4".

    the second model has two different 1/4" feet. using the first foot with the needle in the default position, i get a perfect 1/4" seam, so have to adjust for scant. using the other foot i have to adjust the needle whether i want a full or scant 1/4". fortunately, the package instructions included the required setting.

    considering all the different makes and models of machine, plus all the different styles of 1/4" available, it's no wonder we are still confused! :lol: :lol:

    p.s. - a scant 1/4" is really 3/16th". adjust your needle one or two clicks to the right and c'est voila!

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    One sure way to have accurate size blocks when not using the scant 1/4", is to cut all the pieces 1/8 bigger. It's just another line on the ruler, not scary at all.

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    Patrice said it all in a nutshell :D:D:D

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    Thanks Patrice and BellaBoo for the very informative information. I so appreciate that knowledge. :thumbup:

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    I too have a Janome 9000........
    What I do is set my needle at 6.0 for a 1/4" seam and for the scant 1/4" seam I set my needle at 6.5.
    Using the 6.0 setting my seams are always 1/4" and blocks come out very accurate.
    I love my Janome how about you????

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    I finally invested in one just before Christmas and I love it too.

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    Scrap Quilter.....I too love my Janome. I'm having withdrawals at the moment as it's in the shop for cleaning.......I'm lost with out Janome! Thanks for the pointers. I will use those settings and am anxious to give it a try.
    Thanks again!

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    Even with a 1/4 inch foot with the metal quide my seams were to big and my blocks were to small. So I still have to adjust my needle for a scant 1/4 inch to make up for the fold.

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    An index card lines are 1/4" apart. Use an index card to see if you truly have a 1/4" seam. Put it under your foot against the guide and sew (without thread). I have 2 machines that use the same foot but have to adjust the width because of the default.

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    I have one for my Pfaff and I love it. It's so accurate, that is if I keep my attention on what I'm doing, LOL! May in Jersey

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    My machine is basic and does not have the bells and whistles. I cannot adjust the needle a few clicks...wish I could! I just have to continue to try for the scant 1/4 as best I can. Sometimes I get it and sometimes not.

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    Use an index card, put your needle into a line and then put tape to the right of the card, this is 1/4". Build up the tape if needed. Or take some post-it it notes (about 6, do not take apart)and place to the right of the card. Place the sticky part next to the card. Your fabrice will ride along the edge of the post-it note. For a scant quarter, move closer to the needle.

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    I was having the same problem. Took the machine to my repair man and asked if he could shift the needle to the right very, very slightly and VOILA! a great 1/4 inch. When they design the 1/4 inch feet they should remember that, when the fabric folds, some of that 1/4 inch is lost.

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    I agree! That's the foot I use most! After I bought the 1/4 inch foot with guide I also purchased the Stitch in the Ditch foot. My experience with it has also been great. Anyone else find the Stitch in Ditch foot useful?

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