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    Super Member Dina's Avatar
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    I broke my 1/4 foot (twice!!), and I am wondering if putting a piece of tape on my machine as a guide will work fairly well until I can buy a new foot tomorrow.

    I am pretty sure it will, but I would like to hear that from an expert or two. I was going to use painter's tape.

    The foot is plastic and the metal "shield" part just popped off and jumped across the room. My husband put it back on, and it worked for a while, but then it just came off again....without the jumping part this time. He is going to "weld" or "solder" or glue or something it back together, but at the moment he is watching a race on tv. I don't want to attempt it myself, as he is the "putter back togetherer" in the family.

    But tape will work until the race is over, right?

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    You should be fine with tape. I have measured on the feet I use the most where the 1/4" is and just use that as my guide if I don't want to put on the 1/4" foot.

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    Do you have an post it notes? Take a few of those and stick them on the top of your machine at the 1/4" seam line. It will form a kind of fence to guide your fabric against. make sense?

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    Mole skin would work better if you have any. If not several layers of tape will help. Need to build it up so that the fabric sits up against it. Masking tape or painters tape are thicker and wouldn't need so many layers.

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    This can be done:

    Learn where 1/4 inch seam is in relation to the edge of the presser foot you are using.

    We used to sew 5/8 inch seams (more or less) when the edge of the presser foot was about 1/2 an inch away from the edge of the fabric.

    In the long run, it's much easier than trying to relay on "props"

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    Okay, thanks, all good ideas. I have the tape out, but was having trouble figuring out exactly where 1/4 inch was. Measuring on my foot makes much more sense.

    In fact, I see some red marks on my foot. Hmmm...nope, doesn't seem to be where the 1/4 inch is.

    Okay, again, thanks. I am going to either tape or just mark my foot. Gotta sew, ya know. :)

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    I have that same 1/4 in foot and I've been afraid that would happen to mine. The one I have is for a Viking and it cost $34.97. That is just crazy!

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    Painters tape is great. It does not leave a residue on you machine

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    The tape will work fine. I have an old machine that just doesn't line up with it's quarter inch foot to make a good quarter inch seam, so I measured 1/4 inch from the needle and just drew a line and that works, too.

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    Painter's tape worked fine, and the race is over, so my husband just fixed my foot....plus my sister just lent me her spare 1/4 foot...so I am all "footed up."

    :)

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    Check out homesew.com. They sell a lot of different feet. When I bought bobbins from them, I called and they could tell me if it would fit my machine or not. I'm sure they could do the same with the feet. And they are a lot cheaper than $35.

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    To measure a 1/4 inch mark use a 3x5 index card. The space between the lines is a scant 1/4". You probably have a card in your recipe box???

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    you can use tape or sticky notes

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    When I need to mark the 1/4 inch seam line on my machine I place my tiny 1 1/2 inch square ruler under the presser foot, moving it to the left until the needle is directly above the 1/4 inch mark. Gently lower the needle to sit on the 1/4 inch mark and place several layers of masking tape along the right hand side of the ruler.

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    Many machines come with a seam guide. Are you sure you don't have one? It is a metal piece with a slot for a thumb screw, and a bend in the other end to but the fabric against. I use it even with the 1/4 inch foot. I don't like having to clean tape residue off my machine.

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    Glad ur fixed! Painters tape would of worked!! Didn't know about 3x5 card!!

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    I have a couple of friends that use post-it notes. Several in a single stack, you place the fabric against the post-it's and you know you are right on, if you have placed the strips correctly.

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    I have a couple of friends that use post-it notes. Several in a single stack, you place the fabric against the post-it's and you know you are right on, if you have placed the strips correctly.

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    Sew-Classic has a printed motif that you can put on your machine. I ordered 5 of them, one for each machine and I think they were 45 cents each. They work very nicely on my machines.

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    There is a special "tape" strip you can buy that you can put on and off the machine. Buy it at your LQS. Measure out 1/4 inch from the actual needle and place it down on the base of the machine. I don't bother with the foot anymore even though I have it.

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    I've used the blue painter's tape before. Works pretty well and doesn't leave any sticky on your machine.

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    There was a great idea posted on this board a few days ago. Works great on my older machine. Use a magnetic business card. But, I don't think you should use one on the newer electronic machines. Might mess with their "brains"

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    I have the 1/4" foot but my fabric always managed to slip a little so I purchased a magnetic guide that butts up against the foot and now the fabric is in line and my seams finally are 1/4" I got it at JoAnns or Hobby Lobby.

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    Thanks again for the ideas. I have a newer machine and don't want to take chances with the magnetic thing, but it sounds like a good idea for some machines.

    I have a Pfaff expression 2 and I am sure there ought to be a mark on here at the 1/4 somewhere, but when I measure all of the marks, none is 1/4 inch. Not to worry, I will buy a new foot today, plus my husband fixed mine and my sister lent me one. I am back in business, for sure!

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    My new Singer just came with all the plastic gadgets and one all purpase foot. I have to buy the edge/ quilting guide and 9 other optional accessories. Every time I go to buy them they are always out of stock. Will have to go looking for them on the internet.

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