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Old 11-24-2009, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by katier825
Has anyone tried the O'lipfa Seams Sew Fast Strip Piecing Guide? I've got my hubby piecing, but he could use some help with accurate seams. From what I've read, this guide is removeable. I'd want to be able to remove it when doing the quilting. Anyone have experience with it?

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Have you tried a 1/4 inch foot for the sewing machine...it has helped me tremendously and LORD KNOWS.... I need all the help I can get lol

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You can also try a stack of post-its in the same manner as the moleskin. That has worked for me.
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Margie
Originally Posted by katier825
Has anyone tried the O'lipfa Seams Sew Fast Strip Piecing Guide? I've got my hubby piecing, but he could use some help with accurate seams. From what I've read, this guide is removeable. I'd want to be able to remove it when doing the quilting. Anyone have experience with it?

http://store.quilting-warehouse.com/083711.html
Have you tried a 1/4 inch foot for the sewing machine...it has helped me tremendously and LORD KNOWS.... I need all the help I can get lol

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I have one, but the seams still come out too big when I use it. Maybe it's bent or something. I do better lining up with the edge of the foot. But hubby doesn't do as well with the same. That started my search for another option.
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Originally Posted by lots2do
You can also try a stack of post-its in the same manner as the moleskin. That has worked for me.
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How long do they stay stuck to the machine? I can barely get them to stay stuck to paper!
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That's what I love about this board. We can ask and find out if a gizmo is working for someone else before we spend our money on it. I remember seeing my sisters rotary cutter for the first time. (This was before I started quilting.) I wondered why she needed a pizza cutter to cut fabric. Isn't that what I have scissors for. :oops: :oops: :oops: Now I can't imagine not having one (or many) of. We learn as we go.
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Originally Posted by Prism99
What I use for myself is simply exra-thick moleskin that I buy in the foot section of the pharmacy. (Have also used regular moleskin doubled, but prefer the thicker moleskin.) This is adhesive padding you can cut and put on a foot to prevent a blister from forming when walking. I rotary cut strips about 1/4" wide and as long as I want (usually about 3 inches, as extra guide to the front and rear of the needle works best).

To attach the moleskin, I place a ruler underneath the presser foot and lower the needle to a scant 1/4" inch, not quite touching the ruler line, then lower the presser foot to hold the ruler in place. I also check to make sure the ruler is not skewed but running straight from front to back. I remove the paper backing from a 3-inch strip of moleskin and lay it down on the bed of my Bernina right next to the ruler edge.

I have left this on my machine for long periods of time; it has always removed easily. The moleskin provides an edge for me to butt my pieces against and make my piecing very accurate. I love that I don't have to keep my eyes glued to a line on the bed of my machine!

Before coming across the moleskin idea I had tried a magnetic guide and didn't like it. For one thing, it was too short. As I recall, the fabric would sometimes curl next to it also, making the seam too wide. Moleskin all the way for me! :lol: Oh, and I have been quilting on and off for about 30 years now. I would *hate* to have to piece without my moleskin guide!

Edit: I went back and clicked on your link to see what this guide is. I have used that type of guide also (especially for sewing half-square triangles). It's okay, but honestly the moleskin guide works better because you don't have to keep your eyes glued to a line. With the flat guides like the one in your link, I never had a problem removing them, but I don't know about this one specifically.

Also, I have fixed up many vintage machines over the years. The adhesives that are impossible to get off have always been masking tape and transparent tape. Granted, these were probably all baked on for decades, but I still wouldn't use them on my machine for longer than a few days at a time. Today's machine finishes are much stronger than the vintage finishes too. Today I could use Goo-Gone on my machine without a twinge, whereas it would damage the finish on a vintage machine.
Your post caught my eye... with the moleskin, do you think it would bother the finish on a vintage machine? Right now I'm using painters tape and although it's working out ok, I'd like to maybe try this moleskin stuff..
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Originally Posted by tuesy
Right now I'm using painters tape and although it's working out ok, I'd like to maybe try this moleskin stuff..
You could always put the moleskin right on top of the painters tape to be safe. The advantage of moleskin is the height of it, but I think you're right to be concerned about the finish on your vintage machine. It's pretty sticky, especially after being there for awhile.
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heir·loom (ârlm) n.
1. A valued possession passed down in a family through succeeding generations.
2. An article of personal property included in an inherited estate.

1. an object that has been in a family for generations
2. (Law) Property law a chattel inherited by special custom or in accordance with the terms of a will

source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/heirloom

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notice, if you will, the complete LACK of any mention regarding:
- the skill with which an item was made;
- the tools used to achieve that level of skill;
- [in the specific case of a quilt] the price of the fabric, thread, batting, machine or any of the other supplies for that matter

it matters not what the item is ... it ain't no heirloom unless somebody loves it, takes care of it, and passes it on when they shuffle off this mortal coil.

WalMartians, DitchStitchers and GadgetJunkies UNITE!!!!!

P.S. - buy the dear his own machine. better yet ... buy yourself a new machine and lovingly offer him the use of the one you have now.

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Originally Posted by PatriceJ
heir·loom (ârlm) n.
1. A valued possession passed down in a family through succeeding generations.
2. An article of personal property included in an inherited estate.

1. an object that has been in a family for generations
2. (Law) Property law a chattel inherited by special custom or in accordance with the terms of a will

source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/heirloom

----------------------------

notice, if you will, the complete LACK of any mention regarding:
- the skill with which an item was made;
- the tools used to achieve that level of skill;
- [in the specific case of a quilt] the price of the fabric, thread, batting, machine or any of the other supplies for that matter

it matters not what the item is ... it ain't no heirloom unless somebody loves it, takes care of it, and passes it on when they shuffle off this mortal coil.

WalMartians, DitchStitchers and GadgetJunkies UNITE!!!!!

P.S. - buy the dear his own machine. better yet ... buy yourself a new machine and lovingly offer him the use of the one you have now.

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You crack me up! I am thinking of buying him his own...since he just bought me this one a few months ago!
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When I first started quilting I used an old fasioned seam guage to consistently check my seam allowance. You can get a seam guage, seam ripper and thread snips for $2.00

I also laid down several rows of masking tape on my old machine bed to help feed the fabric in at a consistent quarter inch. When I got my Bernina I laid out the tape on my table.

When I first started, I would measure each seam with the seam guage to ensure I was maintaining a 1/4" until I got really good at sewing a 1/4" My machine didn't have a 1/4" presser foot so I took an ultra fine sharpie and put a little mark on the presser foot where the 1/4" seam allowance would be.

The biggest thing is where your eyes are focused as you feed the fabric in. You may want to ask DH where he is looking. Is he looking at where the needle is sewing or is he watching the edge of his fabric to ensure it is lining up with the proper place on the presser foot? Tell him it is like pool (got to speak in man terms, donchaknow :lol: ). Just like in pool, when you take your shot you want to be looking at the pocket you want the ball to go in not the cue ball. So with sewing he wants to be looking at where the fabric is lining up as it goes under the presser foot, not the needle.
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