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    Does it matter if you use 2 different machines???

    I took a class and made a beautiful 9 inch block. Came home made a second block but it measured 8 1/2 inches. Darn---
    Made another and it also came in at 8 1/2. Arrgg!!!!!
    Light bulb came on. I take one machine (Kenmore with a 1/4 inch foot with guide) to classes
    Home I am using Bernina and that foot measures 1/4
    Could this issue be the 2 machines with different 1/4 inch feet

    I am NOT one to "count" threads and no I haven't set up the Kenmore (just thought of this possibility)

    #2
    Re: Does it matter if you use 2 different machines???

    I have heard that this could happen when you use different machines. I can't do a consistent 1/4 inch seam on one machine, much less 2 different machines.

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      #3
      Re: Does it matter if you use 2 different machines???

      Measure your seams, one of the machines 1/4" foot is off. You might have to move your needle over to adjust it.
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        #4
        Re: Does it matter if you use 2 different machines???

        It does make a difference. I would do as Karen suggests. Jenny says to always use the same machine when piecing...I guess for this reason.
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          #5
          Re: Does it matter if you use 2 different machines???

          Use one of these to get the same 1/4 inch seam on all machines.

          https://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Quiltin...ine+seam+guide

          https://www.amazon.com/Perkins-Dry-G...ine+seam+guide

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            #6
            Re: Does it matter if you use 2 different machines???

            I use Bonnie Hunter's method: http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2016/...l-day-sew.html

            By measuring a test unit, you can get it right where you need it. I usually use 2" squares--when sewn together the two-patch should measure 3.5" wide--if not, move the guide until it does.
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              #7
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              Those suggestions all makre since.
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              Terry

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                #8
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                Thanks to all. I can not move my needle on the Kenmore but can on the other. To be honest, the smaller block looks good but, the larger would mean making less blocks!
                I am making Anita's Arrowhead (or less just say attempting)

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                  #9
                  Re: Does it matter if you use 2 different machines???

                  Sounds good in theory, but . . . . I use two or more machines at a time. My FW is set up for a 1/4 stitch using Nova's FW seam guide. Once I lock that in, I leave it alone. If I also have HST,s I set up another guide on another machine for those. Again, I dial it in and leave it set up like that. Then I always use my Viking for quilting and binding. I do use test pieces to make sure I am getting what I want before sewing the actual fabric, though.
                  Here's why. I found that changing the seam guide from straight 1/4 for simple piecing, to the HST's that I sew on the bias, and back was causing my pieces to be inconsistant. Consistancy is key, moreso than the coveted [and often bragged about] 1/4 stitch. I get that consistancy with 3 different machines.
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                    #10
                    Re: Does it matter if you use 2 different machines???

                    I always piece an entire quilt on the same machine, whichever machine that is.

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                      #11
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                      I always start and finish on the same machine.
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                        #12
                        Re: Does it matter if you use 2 different machines???

                        I sometimes switch between my machines - my Singer Featherweight and my Janome 6600P. I adjust the Janome (I can move the needle position) so the 1/4" seam matches the Featherweight (can't move the needle position on it). Don't have a problem then with different sized seams.
                        ***Kathy***

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                          #13
                          Re: Does it matter if you use 2 different machines???

                          Yes. I did some blocks on my pfaff. One with the IDT down and another with it up. They came out different! But both seams measured 1/4" when we checked. Weird.

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                            #14
                            Re: Does it matter if you use 2 different machines???

                            Yes. We assume our 1/4 inch foot and needle are set accurately. Unless we test them we can not be positive. A 1-4 inch is a 1-4 inch just our settings at different

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                              #15
                              Re: Does it matter if you use 2 different machines???

                              Hi, I haven't posted for a while, but I feel your pain.

                              My first quilt project I started in a class at a local quilt shop. I used their Bernina machine. I got one panel of 9 blocks done on their machine. I went home and did another panel of 9 blocks on my old machine, a 1960's Singer clone called a Capitol (it weighs somewhere around two tons, but is supposed to be a portable). I was down in Versailles MO where there is a great Sewing Machine Dealer who sells new Bernina's. I couldn't afford the new Bernina's, but he had a used Pfaff that he sold me with a year warranty on parts and labor and showed me how to use it. I took it home and did the third panel of 9 blocks and then was back in Versailles and found a Jenome I loved and it had many features that the Pfaff didn't have. I traded the Pfaff in and went home and made the 4th panel of nine blocks. So I have now used four different machines to make four panels for one quilt. I used 1/4" feet on all the machines.

                              The moral of this story is all 1/4" feet are not equal. I had four panels that were four different panels that were four different sizes. Being a novice (and totally green) I bought more fabric and did three more panels on the Janome so they matched.

                              Honestly some of it may have been my inexperience showing in that I may have been inconsistent on the 1/4" seam, but I also believe it makes a difference, in that when I made the three additional panels on the Janome they were the same size as the first panel I did on the Janome.

                              I ripped some of the different sized panels up to make pillow shams and throw pillows for my bed, so I didn't end up with a huge amount of panels left unused, but it made me realize consistency and using the same machine on the project is a great idea.

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