Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wise Words Wednesday - 1/4" Seam

We have often heard the golden rule of quilting – achieve an accurate and consistent 1/4" seam allowance.  This is important because most blocks are designed with a 1/4" seam, so for the perfect points and to assure that everything lines up and seams match, maintaining a 1/4" seam is imperative.  If every seam in a project is off by the width of a thread, between the patches in a block and a row of blocks sewn together, the row could be off by 1/4 to 1/2 inch!

How do you make sure to achieve 1/4" seam?  Of course, every sewing machine is different and I have been told not to piece on different machines for the same project.  I don’t always follow that advice.  There are different sewing feet that can be used and varying needle positions as well.  You could draw a stitching line and stitch directly on it.  You may have a pre-marked spot on the bed of your machine that you line up the edges with to achieve a 1/4" seam.

I think the best way to insure that you are using a perfect 1/4” seam is to take some fabric scraps, perform your stitching as you would in a project, get out your ruler and measure.  Make any minor adjustments you need and re-measure. 

If you haven’t been achieving the results you desire, this is a small investment of your time to verify the accuracy of your seam allowance and incorporate any minor adjustments that may be needed.

Happy quilting!

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