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Thread: Is there a foot to achieve a SCANT 1/4 inch seam??

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    I have a 1/4 inch seam foot that came with my machine and it works great but gives a full 1/4 inch seam. I loose almost 1/8 inch from pressing so I was wondering if anyone has found a foot with a guide that achieves a SCANT 1/4 inch seam?

    I placed a blue tape strip on my machine to use as a guide for the SCANT line but it doesn't really work well because once your fabric goes over the line into the blue tape, you can't tell you are over the line instead of just along it. I guess I could move the tape to the left side (so it is under the fabric) and have it poke out just a tiny sliver so that I watch to make sure I always have just that small sliver of blue showing. I really like the guide edge on my 1/4 inch foot and would just like to find a similar one that does a SCANT 1/4 inch.

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    If you can move your needle in increments to the right that would give you a "scant".

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    You can keep your fabric a "hair" under the edge of the 1/4" foot, which will give you the desired result. It's only a thread or two less than 1/4" that you want.

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    No, you have to adjust the needle (usually one click) to get the scant. However, I have an old Viking (not that old) that the button for 1/4" sets it at the scant.

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    What brand and model of machine do you have?
    I have Vikings and move the needle to the right.

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    I have a Janome 6019QC. I didn't see anything about moving the needle over in the manual. I'll have to look again.

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    It's not all in the sewing. If you are losing an 1/8" each seam, it's probably also due to cutting, pressing, and thread. I've struggled with this myself and using 50wt thread (Aurifil or Masterpiece for me, but Mettler, CT, and others also have 50wt), pressing carefully with a hot, dry iron, and cutting just a few layers at time, carefully, has helped as much as careful sewing. My favorite piecing machines are my Berninas, in part because of how great the 1/4" feet (one with a sturdy right guide, one without). Featherweights are also great for piecing and there are so many aftermarket feet for them that you are sure to find one that suits you. My Quest Plus is also a great piecing machine. Another big help is a screw down seam guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    No, you have to adjust the needle (usually one click) to get the scant. However, I have an old Viking (not that old) that the button for 1/4" sets it at the scant.
    My Viking does that as well. The only other suggestion I would add is to take a stack of post-it notes to mark your 'scant' measurement. This way your fabric is butting up against the stack vs. sliding over the edge of the tape.

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    Oh, and I can move the needle over one click even with the 1/4" feet. My Quest Plus has 81 (yes, eight-one!) needle positions, so I can move it a couple clicks even with the straight stitch feet.

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    Another needle mover over here. Good luck!

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    Some of my machines don't let me move the needle, so I have to use some kind of a guide. A quarter inch foot does a quarter inch, so have to squinch the fabric over. Not easy for me. I still struggle with the 1/4 inch.

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    try Moleskin..it is sticky on one side..removable..you will find it in the foot area of your drug store. just cut a strip of it.
    the rest of the advise was great!

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    I have a Janome 6300 and I adjust the width to 4.5 and use the 1/4 inch foot and it gives me a scant 1/4 inch.
    It's just where you can adjust the stitch length and width. I assume your machine has that feature.

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    I find it a lot easier to use moleskin than a special foot. As someone else mentioned, moleskin is available in the foot section of pharmacies. I use my rotary cutter to cut strips of it to have on hand.

    To position the moleskin, I use my favorite ruler (you can also use 4-to-the-inch graph paper) and lower the needle so it touches a little to the right of the 1/4" mark. I make sure the ruler is positioned straight from front to back (I often place another ruler next to the one I am using and position the straight lines on the ruler in relation to the needle plate markings), then lower the presser foot to hold it in place. I remove the backing paper from a strip of moleskin and position it so it butts right up against the edge of my ruler. I like the moleskin to run as far as possible to both the front and back of the ruler; helps me keep the fabric feeding evenly.

    I find with this physical barrier that I can sew long strips together much faster than by using my eyes alone, plus it is easier and more accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    try Moleskin..it is sticky on one side..removable..you will find it in the foot area of your drug store. just cut a strip of it.
    the rest of the advise was great!
    Moleskin is one of my favorite notions.

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    one other thing to note is that when you are cutting, most ppl have the line on the rule off the fabric, the line on the rule should be part of the fabric.

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    Thanks for the suggestions of moleskin and even a smaller stack of post-its!!

    Also, the comment about cutting with the ruler measurement marking a bit on the fabric instead of beyond the fabric. I learned that the hard way on my first big quilt that had numerous pieces per block--I ended up almost a 1/4 inch short on every single block so I had to cut them down and then the matching sub-seams were not even from block to block. When I thought about it, I realized that the way I placed the ruler on the fabric made the cut just a hair short; so that combined with the fabric "lost" in the seam I was bound to end up a bit short on the block size.

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    There are some on ebay that has a guide bar on there that keeps your fabric in liine and it gives a scant 1/4
    I got mine off there after doing a search for sewing machines.
    Tammy

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    You can also build up layers (5 or 6) of your blue tape so you can feel the ridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy
    If you can move your needle in increments to the right that would give you a "scant".
    Great idea! :thumbup: :thumbup: Thanks

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    Have realized my Viking has a 1/4 " seam in it's programmed stitches! It is fabulous and works like a charm. I tried marking, taping, 1/4 " presser feet before I "found" it already on my machine. I am a slow learner!! but better late than never!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy
    If you can move your needle in increments to the right that would give you a "scant".
    You know, my machine does that, but I never think of it when I'm piecing!!! How dumb of me!!!! Thanks for the reminder. :thumbup:

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    Some 1/4 inch feet are single hole and will not allow you to "needle over " . If you can indeed needle over and your foot is a single hole , invest in a 1/4 inch that has the wider opening that you can needle over to a scant 1/4 inch.
    My original 1/4 inch foot for my Viking was a single hole, great to keep the machine from occasionally eating the small peices of fabric but I needed the ability to move my needle on occasion.

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    You can get a magnetic seam guide at Hancock's that is "thick" enough to keep your fabric from shifting over it. It is better than using a post it note, or tape or moleskin. Of course your machine base would have to be metal for the magnetic guide to hold. I have only seen them at Hancock's, but you might find them in other fabric shops.
    http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Magnet...VVviewprod.htm

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