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Thread: Yet another 1/4" seam question

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    Yet another 1/4" seam question

    Just curious.

    Has anyone used a machine foot like this one to get that 1/4" seam? If you moved the needle over to the 1/4" mark, more of your fabric would be over the feed dogs. I think I will get this foot for some of my other sewing. Often online tutorials (other than for quilts) call for 1/2" seams.

    Here's a link: http://www.pfaff.com/en-GB/Accessori...for-IDT-System

    Oops ... When looking at it again, I'm not sure it would work that way for 1/4". Can't quite tell, but the needle opening may not allow you to move the needle that far to the side.
    Last edited by DJ; 12-20-2017 at 06:07 AM.

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    I know many who like it, I have one and dislike it. My machine has a 1/4 in setting and I adjust accordingly depending on the pattern requirements. But then again, I have an entire drawer full of "things that don't work for me". If you know someone with the foot, you might want to ask to use it to see if you like it or not.

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    I have the 1/4 in. Foot with guide which I use all the time. The guide is handy.
    I recall watching one of the Pffaf videos and the "instructor" suggested using a regular foot, moving your needle to the right to get your 1/4 in. and have the fabric over more feed dogs.(You would have to do a test for accuracy) Same idea with this foot but it has the guide. Presser feet aren't exactly cheap so it is a personal choice.

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    I have a 1/4" foot for my Bernina with the guide, and I do like it. I still move the needle one notch to the right, and that gives a good 1/4" if I pay attention. If my mind isn't on it, that seam can be anywhere. When that happens it's time to take a break.

    To use a foot like the one in the link with all the settings, I think you would need to use the needle plate with a wider hole that allows a zigzag stitch.

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    I can't move my needle on either machine I use all the time.
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    I have a quarter-inch foot with guide for my machines but like Dunster, I sometimes have to move my needle one or two places over to get a scant quarter...depending on what thread I’m using.
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    I have this foot for my Babylock and I sometimes use it with curve piecing like drunkards path blocks.
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    I have a standard edge foot and found that it did not provide a true 1/4" when the edge was aligned to the fabric. So for me it's a no.

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    i wouldn't normally trust a 1/4" foot with that wide a footprint.
    however, since it's for the IDT system my bet is that it would work very well for you.
    as others have pointed out you will need to experiment to find the ideal needle position.
    it's just about never where the manufacturer "thinks" it is. lol
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    I have an older Pfaff 1473 (actually have two identical machines) and use the older style 1/4” foot that has straight sides back to front. The current one has the 1/4” on part of the side. I don’t like the flange, probably because I’ve used the older foot for a very long time and it’s hard for me to really see well with the flange. I also use one of those purple cling strips that is placed correctly and have no problems at all. My Bernjnas have a wonderfulm1/4” foot.

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    I use a regular foot and adjust the needle. Like others have said, you are using more feed dog area.

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    I used to just adjust the needle on my Pfaff (Tiptronic model) to get the 1/4”. I figured the 1/4” byusing an index card (the spaces are 1/4” apart, so you can just sew on the lines to figure the needle setting to get the 1/4”). Then I started looking through the feet I’d bought years ago...oh my! There was one with a flange and it was the 1/4”. It has made sewing so much easier than remembering the needle settings.
    This foot that you’re looking at, does have a way to get the 1/4”, but it doesn’t look like the flange will help with that. The flange works for the 5/8” with some needle movement allowed for other measurements. I might be missing something. Not sure if you want a 1/2” with flange or 1/4” with flange or ?
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