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Thread: scant 1/4 inch seam

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    do they have a presser foot out with that?


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    they have 1/4 feet and then if you want it to be scant just move the needle 1 position closer to the edge.

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    I can't move the needle on my 1/4 inch foot. If I do, I'll break the needle. My foot only has a little area for the needle to sew in. If I used another foot, I'm sure I could get it to measure 1/4 inch, but I'm too lazy to do that.

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    I just scratched a little thin line on my 1/4" foot to indicate where my "scant" would be.

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    I can't move the needle on mine either without the needle hitting. I was thinking about enlarging the needle hole in mine just large enough to move the needle over one click. (Mine is clear plastic) I was wondering if a small dremmel (sp) tool would work for this??? Another thought was to take the foot to a glass shop and have them drill it out a little bigger.

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    If it's clear plastic, why not just sand down the outside edge a little?

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    I just don't care the the "scant 1/4 inch" instruction. It annoys me.

    I've finally learned to cut my squares for the HST's 1 inch bigger than I want finished, use my REGULAR 1/4 inch seam, and trim later, if needed.

    And yes, I know, there seem to be as many ways to do HST's as there are quilters.



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    but thank you, those really are helpful suggestions -



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    This may sound odd but this works great for me. I have a machine foot that is less then 1/4" and more than a scant 1/4" it's about 3/16". I use that for my seams. I have better luck with the pieces being the right size if I sew the seams smaller then 1/4". If I try for the 1/4" it never fails I end up with a block that is smaller then it should be. I seldom have to trim sewing the 3/16" seam. I use a short stitch length to compensate for the smaller seam.

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    i'm confused why do you need a 1/4 foot when sewing HST?

    don't you use a large square, sew 2 lines down the middle and cut apart.

    i've never used by 1/4 foot for HST i use my clear open toe foot and i can make my seam scant or exactly 1/4 - its whatever i choose it to be.

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    I try not to push my fabric up against the edge of my foot and that seems to work better for me. It is much easier to trim a piece down than to make it larger! :lol:

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    interesting -

    i was just thinking it was interesting on how much some us rely on our 1/4 inch presser foot - and how many instructions say to "sew a SCANT 1/4 inch seam"

    For my purposes, my older Pfaff has a stitch selector - it's #1 - where I can move the needle to 13 different positions. It's probably only a couple of threads difference on each position, but it makes a difference, and I set it on 2 going to the right.

    On the Singer 237, the presser foot that came with works perfectly.

    I did buy the 1/4 inch presser foot for the Pfaff, but I seem to get better results with changing the needle position.

    I think with practice, most of us learn what works for us -

    I do the graph paper check now and then just to see if I'm still "on"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i'm confused why do you need a 1/4 foot when sewing HST?

    don't you use a large square, sew 2 lines down the middle and cut apart.

    i've never used by 1/4 foot for HST i use my clear open toe foot and i can make my seam scant or exactly 1/4 - its whatever i choose it to be.
    I even sew scant 1/4 on the line down the middle...lots of fudge room :?

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    I don't get the scant thing either. Everytime I've tried it I've blown it, I stick with a plain old quarter inch seam and have never had any problems.

    But I do hst the same as klue, drawing a line on a square, sewing either side, then cutting down the line.


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    Mark the bed of your machine by taping a stack of credit cards to it just in front of the presser foot. You can also use a stack of sticky notes. I do this for my grand-daughters. They just run their fabric along the edge of the credit cards and ,voila, they sew their scant 1/4 inch. I just need to mention that they are ages 9 and 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    I don't get the scant thing either. Everytime I've tried it I've blown it, I stick with a plain old quarter inch seam and have never had any problems.

    But I do hst the same as klue, drawing a line on a square, sewing either side, then cutting down the line.
    then I trim around the hst square to make

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    I don't do the scant thing either. All I did was mess up. I use the 1/4" seam. From all I have read, it doesn't matter what seam you use as long as you're consistent. I also cut my pieces bigger so I can trim if necessary.

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    I have learned (the hard way) that my 1/4" seam (even when using the 1/4 foot), is always more than 1/4". I have a problem with perception and so where I think I'm sewing, I'm really not. So to solve that problem, I just move the needle closer to the needle. And when I make HSTs, I cut them 1" bigger. Easier to trim down than to try to glue fabric to the edges... :oops:

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    I have to use a scant otherwise my blocks are too small.
    I even have a setting on my machine for 1/4 inch but have to move the needle over to 3.0 to get a scant.
    I have two 1/4 inch feet with the metal bar guide and still have to set for the scant to get the blocks the right size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    I have to use a scant otherwise my blocks are too small.
    I even have a setting on my machine for 1/4 inch but have to move the needle over to 3.0 to get a scant.
    I have two 1/4 inch feet with the metal bar guide and still have to set for the scant to get the blocks the right size.
    I hated that metal guide thingie....I broke mine off, it was always in the way :roll:

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    I've never understood why they say scant 1/4 seam. It should either be 1/4 or another size! I just try to take a little off and that has always worked for me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    I've never understood why they say scant 1/4 seam. It should either be 1/4 or another size! I just try to take a little off and that has always worked for me.
    its not quarter inch and its not eighth inch, whats between the two???

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    Everyone is different. My scant 1/4 will be different from someone elses.
    Technically it is a stitch line less than 1/4 inch but that is not enough for me and I move mine over about 3 stitch lines.

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    Back to the old test -

    Cut three strips "your" two inches wide by five inches long

    Sew them together, using "your" 1/4 inch seam

    Press the piece the way you usually press it -

    Measure it -

    It "should" be exactly five inches by five inches

    If different, some people compensate by changing the seam width, some compensate by moving the ruler one way or another - my strips are probably actually about 2 1/16" wide after they are cut

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    I have a 1/4" foot but I prefer using the larger standard foot and just moving my needle to the 1/4 setting (which is 1.80 to the right) and then I move it over one more position to 2.0.

    For HSTs I cut my squares 3/8" larger than required and then square up the finished HSTs. I don't sew perfectly but I can line up the 45 degree line on my ruler real good! A 3 1/2" HST calls for a 3 7/8" square so I would cut them at 4 1/4". I get better results and the points most often line up perfectly.

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