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    Shiny Thimble

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    Smile 1/4"seams

    I am having such a difficult time with my 1/4" seams. I have a 1/4" presser foot and still my blocks are not coming out the correct measurement. I am in the Block of the Month 2012 on Craftsy.com and my finished blocks are supposed to be 12 1/2" and only two of the 20 blocks measure 12 1/2".

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

    mak

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    Default Re: 1/4"seams

    Try a scant 1/4
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    Default Re: 1/4"seams

    I did try the scant 1/4" and adjusted my needle. Any suggestions how to stay consistant?

    thanks for the help!

    mak

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    Just practice, you will get used to how to get that consistent 1/4" seam. Also, sometimes pressing can cause your seams to be off if you don't get it nice and flat.
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    I have a couple 1/4 inch feet but NONE ARE 1/4 INCH!!!!
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    Just wanted to say hi to another fellow Rhode Islander!
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    Default Re: 1/4"seams

    I know when I first started sewing, using painters tape really helped me. Later I purchased this foot,
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    and it really seemed to help.

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    I lower the pressure foot, put the needle down and make a mark (small scratch) where a measuring tape shows 1/4 inch. Then put a 3" to 4 " piece of masking or painter's tape - 3/4" wide from the beginning of the feed dogs, next to the mark, toward me. Put about 6-7 more pieces of tape on top of the first one. This makes a ridge that the fabric slides along and no further need to watch the pressure foot/seam allowance. When time to change the bobbin, just lift the tape and if doesn't stick back down well, put little pieces at the top and bottom to attach.

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    Default Re: 1/4"seams

    The practice that helped me the most was to sew two 2-1/2 inch squares together, press and measure. The result should be 4-1/2 inches. If not adjust where you are lining up until you are consistent. The thread, fabric take up space in the seam. If you are off by 1/16 after 4 blocks it will be a 1/4 inch off. With my guide foot I found I have to skim the guide, if the fabric touches it my seams are too fat. Hope this makes sense and helps.

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    Are you sure that the pieces you are sewing together are the correct size? I've noticed that some precuts have been off a little which affects the final block size.

    Also when I was working with a 1/4 inch foot the pinked edges of precuts threw me off a bit. I had to be sure I used the very tips of the peaks at the 1/4 inch mark.

    And I also got more accurate when I used 50 wt thread rather than 30 wt. HTH!

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