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What's a scant 1/4" seam?

Old 03-27-2007, 04:52 PM
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Some of the patterns I've looked at on the Internet call for a scant 1/4" seam. What exactly is a scant 1/4" seam?
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:55 PM
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A scant 1/4" would be in about 2 threads worth. This allows for the fold when you press your seam allowance to one side.
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Old 03-27-2007, 05:18 PM
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I'm not quite sure if I understand. I mean, I get what it is now, but I'm still a little confused as to its purpose. And is it absolutely nessicary to sew with a scant 1/4" seam if the pattern calls for it? I have enough trouble as it is sewing 1/4" seam (well, maybe not so much...I figured out that its exactly 1/4" inch between my sewing machines needle and the edge of the presser foot)...I can't imagine sewing 1/4" minus a millimeter.
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Old 03-27-2007, 05:23 PM
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When you press a seam to one side, this uses up a thread of two of the fabric. While that doesn't sound like much, when you add all those threads you get yardage. :lol: If a pattern actually calls for the scant 1/4, I would attempt to comply. The reason being, one block may have more seams than another, therefore using up more threads.
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I get it now. :) Thanks!
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