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Thread: Singer 221~Stitch length and 1/4 inch foot??????

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    Singer 221~Stitch length and 1/4 inch foot??????

    So I got Maggie May out and played with her for a bit. I could not get the stitch length I wanted, I know I am changing the stitch indicator correctly. What stitch length does everyone use for piecing? I also noticed I need a 1/4 inch foot or some kind of seam quite. Can you recommend which one you prefer??

    Thanks again bunches for all your help I really do appreciate it.

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    Keep on playing with Maggie May. You can use a piece of Blue painters tape laid down on the bed of the machine for your 1/4 inch seams. As a suggestion, I use 1/4" graph paper to stitch on when I am trying to determine stitch length or 1/4" settings on a machine that does not have a manual or for reference when I do have a manual. I keep the paper with the manual if I have it or in three ring binder that I keep for my vintage sewing machines. I do think that there is a seam guide attachment that can be used with your 221. It screws onto the bed of the machine. Check your attachment box if you got one with your machine. I know, you are going to ask what it looks like. I am going to see if I have one for my 221 and take a picture for you amd post. If not I will take a picture of one from another machine.
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    Oh wait I miss understood, "screws ONTO the bed" of machine. HMMMMM, I don't think I have something like that.

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    Any low shank, 1/4" foot will work. Order it online or via ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
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    Nope. Let me get off this computer and find an example for you. Be back soon.
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    Your AWESOME Caroline

    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Nope. Let me get off this computer and find an example for you. Be back soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
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    That one is your quilting foot...the seam guide (Caroline's going to show you) is going to be a "T" shaped, basically flat piece of metal that has a bend at the end of it that your fabric will butt up against as you sew. It'll have a slot in it where the screw goes to adjust the seam width.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
    Your AWESOME Caroline
    First pic should be of a Singer seam guage, the "T" shaped one. It was not in the box of attachments that came with my 221. It came with my 1911 Model 28.

    Second pic is of the 1/4" foot and adapter that came with the 221. Note the blue tape? I use it also. I have been using the 1/4" feet, they come for both long and short shank, for a long time.
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    Thank you, thank you for searching for these and posting pics. I don't have either of these so I will have to buy one. For now I will use the tape for seam allowance.

    One more question, which stitch length are you using for piecing??



    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    First pic should be of a Singer seam guage, the "T" shaped one. It was not in the box of attachments that came with my 221. It came with my 1911 Model 28.

    Second pic is of the 1/4" foot and adapter that came with the 221. Note the blue tape? I use it also. I have been using the 1/4" feet, they come for both long and short shank, for a long time.

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Size:  6.9 KBThis what I have found, it doesn't look like yours. This is from 221part.com

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    Kay, I think I have an extra...let me check to make sure, PM me your address?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
    Thank you, thank you for searching for these and posting pics. I don't have either of these so I will have to buy one. For now I will use the tape for seam allowance.

    One more question, which stitch length are you using for piecing??


    On my main sewing machine which is an Elna 7300, the setting is 2.5 (2.5 centimeters) which I believe is 11 or 12 stiches an inch. Went and measured, it is 11 stitches. Hmmm, never measured before and I may program a stictch length of 12 inches for piecing. But I have never had a problem with the seams at the 2.5 setting. For paper piecing I set the stitch length at 1.8 which translates to 13-14 stictches an inch. Some people use a 1.5 setting which is 18 stitches an inch. Since I had never measured (boy those stitches are small!) before I am going to put the info on the dry erase board that came with my Elna and also put the info in my Quilting Notes binder.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Thanks so much, I greatly appreciate all you help.


    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    On my main sewing machine which is an Elna 7300, the setting is 2.5 (2.5 centimeters) which I believe is 11 or 12 stiches an inch. Went and measured, it is 11 stitches. Hmmm, never measured before and I may program a stictch length of 12 inches for piecing. But I have never had a problem with the seams at the 2.5 setting. For paper piecing I set the stitch length at 1.8 which translates to 13-14 stictches an inch. Some people use a 1.5 setting which is 18 stitches an inch. Since I had never measured (boy those stitches are small!) before I am going to put the info on the dry erase board that came with my Elna and also put the info in my Quilting Notes binder.

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    you can use a magnetic seam guide with your machine too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by shnnn View Post
    you can use a magnetic seam guide with your machine too..
    I do have one of those, Ill try it thanks!!!

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    for stitch length you move the lever up or down and tighten the knob screw thingy

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    thanks for this info. I just got a featherweight 221 for Christmas and was wondering about the 1/4 in foot. where can you order one from? Thanks for the stitch length info. I have an ELNA SU thats over 30 years old and I cant get use to my little 221. It sure is pretty though
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
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    You can buy the seam guide at Joannes on the notion wall.

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    My LQS happend to have a 1/4 foot made for the featherweight so I picked that up today. I have also seen them on line as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grammie Sharon View Post
    thanks for this info. I just got a featherweight 221 for Christmas and was wondering about the 1/4 in foot. where can you order one from? Thanks for the stitch length info. I have an ELNA SU thats over 30 years old and I cant get use to my little 221. It sure is pretty though

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    I just bought a 1/4 inch foot for my Featherweights from my Janome dealer. It has two parts; one to attach to the shank and the other to click onto the foot so the foot comes off easily. I don't like the ones with the long metal bar sticking out...I prefer just a simple foot.
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    I bought my 1/4 inch foot with a flange from either www.april1930s.com. Or from www.novamontgomery.com. I think that Nova has that foot on sale this month. I really like this quilting foot. My Bernina is in the shop and I am so enjoying using my Featherweight to make quilt tops!

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    I use 12 to 15 stitches to the inch, and for a seam guide there are some new feet outhere that have little guides up one side just make sure it is truly a sacant 1/4 inch. I do not like the plastic little foot as it seems to drag against my fabric. I prefer metal. The seam guide someone showed works well with your regular presser foot, BUT it needs the screw, and fyi the screw is an odd size and if not the right size can destroy the threads in the bed of your 221 so that you cannot use the feed dog cover plate with a buttonhole attachment. I owned such a 221 for a long time. Just remembered if you can find one a gauge presser foot, vintage foot for singer low shank is absolutely perfect and can be adjusted.
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