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    The dealer where I purchased my new machine sold me a 1/4" foot.....got home and after a few days of playing with the new machine I discovered it has a built-in setting for 1/4". I was mad as it wasn't cheap but decided to keep it anyway.

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    So funny, you girls really crack me up.

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    Now you can Really start piecing-LOL. Let's hear it for the 1/4" foot and thread cutter. Been there done that.

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    Maybe it's a Western NY thing- until about 2 years ago- I didn't realize that the little marks on the sewing feet actually meant something- like 1/4 inch! ;) My oldest sister informed me of this incredible info-before that I just sewed. My other sister didn't realize her machine had a thread cutter either-LOL. She had it in a shop and the lady was demonstrating something for her- when she magically cut the thread with it- my sister was like "How did you do that?!!" funny!

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    Ahhh don't feel too badly about your discovery....better late than never!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jates
    Maybe it's a Western NY thing- until about 2 years ago- I didn't realize that the little marks on the sewing feet actually meant something- like 1/4 inch! ;) My oldest sister informed me of this incredible info-before that I just sewed. My other sister didn't realize her machine had a thread cutter either-LOL. She had it in a shop and the lady was demonstrating something for her- when she magically cut the thread with it- my sister was like "How did you do that?!!" funny!
    That is funny! I have a thread cutter but rarely use it. I worked in the garment industry for many years and we were taught to keep our snips in our hands at all times while sewing. To this day, my snips are always in my right hand.

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    LOL That is what we get when we don't play with all the toys that come with the machine. We need to spend more time playing . This should be a lesson for all of us..

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    What does it look like????--maybe I have one in my kit and don't know it too! I have been wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdavis
    ...or maybe I should say, my "duh" moment!
    I bought my sewing machine before I ever started quilting. Have been quilting now for about 9 years, I guess, and I just discovered I have a 1/4" foot in my tool kit! Argghh!!!!
    Congrats on your find. Even late!

    I've looked at every foot in every tool kit and not one single 1/4" foot in the bunch

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    That's ok. Mine had a zipper foot that I would never have recognized as such. Go figure

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    Quote Originally Posted by Jates
    Maybe it's a Western NY thing- until about 2 years ago- I didn't realize that the little marks on the sewing feet actually meant something- like 1/4 inch! ;) My oldest sister informed me of this incredible info-before that I just sewed. My other sister didn't realize her machine had a thread cutter either-LOL. She had it in a shop and the lady was demonstrating something for her- when she magically cut the thread with it- my sister was like "How did you do that?!!" funny!
    That is funny! I have a thread cutter but rarely use it. I worked in the garment industry for many years and we were taught to keep our snips in our hands at all times while sewing. To this day, my snips are always in my right hand.
    I worked sewing sneakers in the early 70's and to this day I always have my snips in my hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pzazz
    My machine is sneaking on to 40 years old. Unfortunately it did not come with a 1/4" foot...I checked last week. :( Even to put something on the surface to give myself a 1/4" edge to butt up against is tricky as the 1/4" from my needle is smack in the middle of the right feed dog!!!! My solution was to use a thick piece of cardboard taped to the surface, stopping just in front of the feed dogs. Sometimes you just have to do whatever works on each machine. I suspect if I looked, I could buy a 1/4" foot....but this is cheaper. (Read..more $$$ for fabric. ;) )

    Patti
    This is going to sound really dumb, but can you move the needle sideways? I mean left - center - right. I have one machine I set the needle to the right, and use a thick piece of tape on my machine as an edge guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaYitu
    What does it look like????--maybe I have one in my kit and don't know it too! I have been wondering.
    Almost any foot can be used as a quarter inch. Mark your face plate with tape and guide to the tape. I use 1/4" gridded graph paper just to double check. Since I tend to top stitch on both the left and the right side of the seam, my 1/4" foot is the same measurement on both sides. Some will have a skinny left side with the 1/4" on the right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elffen1
    Geez, no worries! There's always that little zipper pouch filled with little gizmo's that no-one knows what to do with! There might even be a can-opener in there!
    One of mine had this butterfly looking thing...
    It is a SCREWDRIVER!

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    Better now thanin another 9 years. lol

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    Don't feel bad- more than 20 years ago my husband blessed me with a Pfaff 1475. we went with the military to Germany. I took advantage of that and bought just about every attachment I could get. Well, those have sat for years. Recently I took out the tutorial videos with the thought of giving them to someone else. When I sat down to browse them I was shocked back into the reality of what I really had and could do- now all I need is time- if you have any spare time send some my way

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpthequilter
    Quote Originally Posted by Pzazz
    My machine is sneaking on to 40 years old. Unfortunately it did not come with a 1/4" foot...I checked last week. :( Even to put something on the surface to give myself a 1/4" edge to butt up against is tricky as the 1/4" from my needle is smack in the middle of the right feed dog!!!! My solution was to use a thick piece of cardboard taped to the surface, stopping just in front of the feed dogs. Sometimes you just have to do whatever works on each machine. I suspect if I looked, I could buy a 1/4" foot....but this is cheaper. (Read..more $$$ for fabric. ;) )

    Patti
    This is going to sound really dumb, but can you move the needle sideways? I mean left - center - right. I have one machine I set the needle to the right, and use a thick piece of tape on my machine as an edge guide.
    One other option for marking is to use double sided mounting squares. Cheap at the Dollar store.

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    It's not really off topic -but wll someone please describe the "stitch in the ditch " foot that was mentioned on tthe other page ??? please

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    It's not really off topic -but will someone please describe the "stitch in the ditch " foot that was mentioned on the other page ??? please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mornigstar
    It's not really off topic -but wll someone please describe the "stitch in the ditch " foot that was mentioned on tthe other page ??? please
    I don't have one, but I believe it is a foot that has a wire or solid piece of metal that protrudes in front of the foot itself. You use that guide and follow along the seam (ditch), watching that and not the needle. I could be wrong, but that is what I remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by writerwomen
    Don't feel bad- more than 20 years ago my husband blessed me with a Pfaff 1475. we went with the military to Germany. I took advantage of that and bought just about every attachment I could get. Well, those have sat for years. Recently I took out the tutorial videos with the thought of giving them to someone else. When I sat down to browse them I was shocked back into the reality of what I really had and could do- now all I need is time- if you have any spare time send some my way
    You send me the machine, and I will guarantee you the time. :lol:

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    Sorry, that machine is sadly sitting waiting to mend yet another pair of knees- summer is coming and pant knees will no longer be an issue- just bandaids. We refurbish vintage machines and my hours are spent, cleaning, fine tuning and learning each ones personality to best represent it. So- I sew a great deal( up to 15 hours per a machine) Knowing how outlandish a repair to a computerized machine is I would not run some of the things through it we do on the robust vintage ones. However, even though I was last told that specific machine was sorely outdated and worth very little ( by a dealer trying to get me to upgrade) I will stick with it,but if I run across another I'll drop it in the mail okay.

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    don't think any thing about it. I bought one and had to take it back cause my machine came with one. Duh!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by writerwomen
    Sorry, that machine is sadly sitting waiting to mend yet another pair of knees- summer is coming and pant knees will no longer be an issue- just bandaids. We refurbish vintage machines and my hours are spent, cleaning, fine tuning and learning each ones personality to best represent it. So- I sew a great deal( up to 15 hours per a machine) Knowing how outlandish a repair to a computerized machine is I would not run some of the things through it we do on the robust vintage ones. However, even though I was last told that specific machine was sorely outdated and worth very little ( by a dealer trying to get me to upgrade) I will stick with it,but if I run across another I'll drop it in the mail okay.
    I was only trying to help 8-)

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    :lol:
    I've done things like that.

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