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Thread: Achieving an Accurate 1/4" Seam Allowance

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    Someone was having trouble today with her blocks not being the correct size. I'm posting this tutorial to help anyone who is not sure how to tell if they are sewing accurate 1/4 inch seams. If this is hard to read, I have a version here:

    http://www.andicraftsquilting.com/ac...-inch-seam.htm
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    Thank you, very good tute.

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    I'm always trying for my perfect 1/4". I like the graph paper idea. Thank you!

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    Thanks...That was very knowledgeable.

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    Thanks!

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    Thanks for the help! LOVE your store!

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    Thanks for the graph paper idea, doing it today!

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    Thank you very much. I always have trouble with that seam. Not that I have been quilting for a long time. Actually just started!

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    Thanks.I needed that!

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    How could it measure only one inch? Three strips - each 1-1/2" wide. Total width, before sewing, 4-1/2". Subtract 1/4" seam allowance from the two center pieces, total 1" in seam allowances. That leaves the width at 3-1/2".

    What am I missing here?
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    Oh, I mis-read the tute. Only the center strip is measured. My bad!
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    Janet, I am measuring only the CENTER strip of fabric - the cream-colored one in my photo. THAT is what measures 1". You are correct that the entire piece of 3 strips would measure 3-1/2".

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    Oops, I was posting the same time you were! LOL

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    :-) Thank You "SEW" much

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    The graph paper idea is great - I'm going to try that. My 1/4 foot is a little wiggly and less than accurate!

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    Okay - I've got a dumb question here. I used the graph idea and found that the 1/4 inch on both of my sewing machines (good and cheaper) both miss covering the "right" feed dogs. So, Ideally I should adjust the needle so that the 1/4 inch includes that right set of feed dogs (for an even feed?) or don't worry about it feeding over the right feed dogs? (Told ya it was dumb) but I am a new quilter. Thanks.
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    Thanks for the graph paper idea. Maybe I will have better luck now. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marysewfun
    Okay - I've got a dumb question here. I used the graph idea and found that the 1/4 inch on both of my sewing machines (good and cheaper) both miss covering the "right" feed dogs. So, Ideally I should adjust the needle so that the 1/4 inch includes that right set of feed dogs (for an even feed?) or don't worry about it feeding over the right feed dogs? (Told ya it was dumb) but I am a new quilter. Thanks.
    Marysewfun
    Actually it's a good question, Mary. If you have the ability to move the needle so that the fabric will cover both feed dogs, I would do it that way. I think the fabric will feed in more evenly and you'll get a straighter seam. I have to move the needle when I'm using my walking foot and I want a 1/4"

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    Thanks. Learned a similar trick from John Flynn a few years back when I took a quilting class at a retreat, in Spearfish at the new lodge. new lodge.

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    thank you, I am working in my first quilt and was wondering about being accurate, thank you very much.

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    Thank you sooooo much. That is my biggest problem - even with a 1/4" foot. I need the guide. I have a tendency to let go of the fabric towards the end of the seam and it goes all wonky. Of course that's also the part that get sewn to the next block, thus throwing the whole project off. I need to find one 1/4" and stick with it!
    Wonky in Washington

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    Thank you. Now I should have no excuse for inaccurate 1/4 " seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndiR
    Someone was having trouble today with her blocks not being the correct size. I'm posting this tutorial to help anyone who is not sure how to tell if they are sewing accurate 1/4 inch seams. If this is hard to read, I have a version here:

    http://www.andicraftsquilting.com/ac...-inch-seam.htm
    Thank you AndiR. I hope you don't mind my adding this note.
    Here is also a 1/4 inch seam guide paper for quilters to print.I made a pile to keep near my sewing machine.
    http://www.quiltdesignnw.com/PDF/Qua...ractice%20.pdf

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    thank you

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    thank you AndiR - that is a great tip (using the graph paper) - the people on this board are great

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