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Need help with sewing machine measurements

Old 02-15-2020, 07:11 PM
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Hi everyone! My name is Renee and I am new to quilting. I have yet to start a new quilt. I will start one as soon as I can get your help. I have an older sewing machine, itís a brother LS-1217.
im asking anyone out there if you can please help me figure out the measurements on my machine. I have looked and looked and Iím not having any luck. Also, does the needle need to be in that middle, right, or left?
Any help is appreciated. Thank you Iím advanced!
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:16 PM
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Search for a manual for the machine online. That will help you immensely. They are usually free and can be downloaded good luck on your quilting journey, and Welcome to the board.
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:01 PM
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YouTube is your friend. I searched for Beginning quilting lessons and quite a few came up. Or your library. My friend's first quilts were 10 inch squares, arranged pleasingly in rows, sewn together, then quilted. They turned out very nice. An index cards lines are supposed to be 1/4" apart. I used those to try to find where to set my needle for so that I could sew that 1/4" seam. Your journey is just beginning. Enjoy the process.

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Old 02-16-2020, 05:19 AM
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Welcome to the QB from SE Michigan! You will find there are loads of people willing to help you out and I am sure that in time you will feel comfortable sharing your journey with us. We love to give praise reports on quilts and help you along the way. Needle position is usually in the middle unless your foot is 1/4" inch to the outside edge. Then you would move it to the right. You want to make a 1/4" seam on you quilt block. If possible let your foot be your guide. As mentioned there are many teaching aids on YouTube that are very helpful. Again welcome to the QB!
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Old 02-16-2020, 05:48 AM
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when not sure on a machine.....I just find a ruler that I can place so I can see where the 1/4 would fall...there is usually a mark there on the machine but not always...you can also just measure and put a little stack of sticky notes on your machine to help you guide your fabric or a piece of tape....but the gold standard is to actually piece some of your cut out fabric together as directed and make sure the finished size is what it is supposed to be.....
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Old 02-16-2020, 06:18 AM
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Here is a link on tube for your sewing machine how to. There is a short intro and then the full instructions are there.


This is a link to down load for the manual.

Here is a threading guide.

Just google your machine there are pages with good info.

Have fun

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Old 02-16-2020, 07:37 AM
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You've been given some good advice already, I also have graph paper handy so it is very easy for me to check the seam line.

I really suggest you look into getting a "quilting foot". This is used for piecing as we term it, not quilting. It has a 1/4" seam allowance on both sides of the foot (needle in center position) then they also usually have the 1/4" front and back marked. Using that quilting foot allows me to do a lot of nifty stuff when I'm piecing because I can sew with either the seam allowance or the block to the left or right.

I had just started on my Bonnie Hunter Frolic project when my high end machine decided it needed to go to the shop so I did the rest of the project on my very low end Cheapo brother I have as a portable machine and was delighted with the accuracy of the foot!

Here's one use, when you sew triangles sometimes the points get sucked down into your machine. Using the quilting foot alternate the triangles going in and sew on the right/left sides of the foot.
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Old 02-16-2020, 07:59 AM
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For most sewing, the needle should be in the middle. You change the needle position if you need the sewing to be close like when using the zipper foot. Be careful that you have the correct foot on when changing the needle position or you will break a needle if it hits the foot.
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Old 02-16-2020, 09:26 AM
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Welcome to the QB and happy quilting
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Old 02-16-2020, 10:36 AM
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I no longer change the position of my needle. at least 99% of the time it is centered. my zipper foot for this machine is different in that it allows me to use it without changing my needle at all. Good luck with your machine. you might call a Guild or go to a quilt store and ask advice. they may know some things to help you or can refer you to others who can help.
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