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    Default walking foot 1/4" seam

    Am sewing jelly roll strips together using a walking foot (per suggestions from my instructor). How do you ensure you have a quarter inch seam when using a walking foot? My first attempt produces a seam that is slightly larger than 1/4". Would appreciate advice. The fabric is a light weight cotton. The walking foot was suggested to ensure that the fabric feeds more evenly.

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    Default Re: walking foot 1/4" seam

    Does your machine have the capability of moving the needle? If so, you can move the needle over so you get an exact 1/4" from the edge of the walking foot. Put a small ruler under your foot and move the needle so it rests right on the 1/4" mark. If you cannot adjust the needle - I would just use my regular 1/4" foot and not worry using the walking foot. You are only putting two layers through at a time.
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    Default Re: walking foot 1/4" seam

    It depends on your walking foot. On mine, I measured to determine where 1/4" was. It happens to line up with an opening in the WF, so I line up the fabric with that spot. I have a moveable needle, but I've never used that feature.

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    Default Re: walking foot 1/4" seam

    You inidicated that your instructor suggested using the walking foot. I only use my walking foot for Stitch-In-The-Ditich quilting. It seems like using a hand-grenade to kill a house-fly. It will kill the fly but do you really need that much power to acomplish the job. But I also say when you are in a class situation you should follow the instructors advice.

    One solution would be to line up a 1/4" seam on a strip and put masking tape of painter tape so you can line up the edge of the strips with that to know you are in the correct place.

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    Default Re: walking foot 1/4" seam

    Quote Originally Posted by BobW View Post
    You inidicated that your instructor suggested using the walking foot. I only use my walking foot for Stitch-In-The-Ditich quilting. It seems like using a hand-grenade to kill a house-fly. It will kill the fly but do you really need that much power to acomplish the job. But I also say when you are in a class situation you should follow the instructors advice.

    One solution would be to line up a 1/4" seam on a strip and put masking tape of painter tape so you can line up the edge of the strips with that to know you are in the correct place.
    I am laughing at your analogy, and also find myself questioning why the instructor would have you use a walking foot for piecing? Maybe it's my walking foot, but I don't have enough pressure on the foot unless I've got more than the two layers of fabric...?

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    Default Re: walking foot 1/4" seam

    I've never used a walking foot for piecing. If you have one, use your 1/4" foot. If you don't have one, it is well worth investing in a 1/4" foot.

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    Default Re: walking foot 1/4" seam

    If your walking foot has a single small hole, be careful about moving the needle. You could end up with a broken needle or worse, throw off the timing of your machine.

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    Default Re: walking foot 1/4" seam

    Can you measure how far away from the right edge of your presser foot is your needle? Tell us what machine you have and somebody will have a perfect response for your machine, I'm sure.

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    Default Re: walking foot 1/4" seam

    I have never used my walking foot to piece. No need to...it will feed perfectly fine with your regular foot or a 1/4" foot.
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    Default Re: walking foot 1/4" seam

    Maybe it depends on the machine. I find a walking foot helps when I sew jelly roll strips the long way. If I don't, I end up with the top strip longer than the bottom strip, as the feed dogs pull the bottom strip through at a stronger pace. I just have a piece of masking tape on the machine, in front of the foot, to show where 1/4" is.

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