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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 01 Sep 2012 00:54 #87391

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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 31 Aug 2012 15:00 #87358

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Say what? What is angler 2?
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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 31 Aug 2012 14:18 #87354

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i do use angler 2 of Pam bono, since i have much less problems with THE 1/4".
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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 31 Aug 2012 12:52 #87346

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thanks, Margo and Nancy.
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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 31 Aug 2012 10:55 #87332

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Margo's test is the thing to do, no matter what method you are trying. It's the only way to know how close you are and which way you're off.

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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 31 Aug 2012 10:40 #87331

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Not yet, but I will. Thanks, Jan
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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 31 Aug 2012 09:17 #87321

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Jan, have you tried my "test" for an accurate 1/4" seam? Look for the video in my classroom, accessed from the purple bar or check here: [url]learn/classrooms/[/url]


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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 31 Aug 2012 09:06 #87320

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Ooh. Nancy that is interesting. I sewed a batik block and all my seams were off and it needs to be taken apart and done over. I was using my soTT blocks to make pinwheels and I took a picture so I'll put it here. I still think Tommy Romano's cuts are smaller and if he uses a bigger seam allowance that would make the results even smaller. Cutting them out bigger, then using a scant seam allowance should make them bigger, No? Still confused and needing to sew to understand. In my quilting group they said sew, then measure, and fix. The block I did for fun is pretty, but it's very wonky. Will post a pic later. Going to exercise class for now.
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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 30 Aug 2012 19:23 #87286

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Jan - You just need to try different methods to see what works for you. In Tony's instructions, he has you make a full 1/4" seam allowance, but has you measure just up to the line. This means that his seam allowance is slightly wider than a scant 1/4", but his strips are cut out slightly narrower than if you put the fabric under the line. You could also use a scant 1/4" and cut with the fabric under the line. The end result is the same. There are many other ways to approach getting the same result. I suggest trying everything you hear about and see which works best for you. And you'll want to test and adjust things depending on the fabric you are using since the thickness of your fabric can affect your end result (so you might need to use a slightly narrower seam for a commercial cotton than for a cotton batik).

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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 30 Aug 2012 18:46 #87282

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I am confused. I am reading this series of posts after seeing Tommy Romano's video on the 10 Commandments of precision piecing. He used a clear red tool to check with the needle down in the 1/4 inch hole on the tool, which puts the right side of the red tool where the fabric should end. Then you put something like moleskin or postits where the fabric should butt up against it.

He said that when you cut with a ruler you don't put the cloth under the line but next to the line, or it will add up to too big a piece, which would add up over the whole quilt. Do these ideas conflict with what Jan Krentz said? And if so there must be a reason. I am going to need to practice these techniques before the next quilt I do. And to get my piecing accurate. Will have to read this over and watch some of Sally Collins videos here. Jan
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Re: 20 Jun 2012 21:29 #82812

SuperJudy wrote:
It also makes a difference as to how "square" you are sitting in front of your machine. If you are not directly in front of the machine, you'll be looking at your guide from an angle and that will throw things off. (Same goes for cutting things out) :)
Oh, good point Judy! Thanks for this tip!
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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 20 Jun 2012 18:32 #82801

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I can remember when I got my new machine with the little flange on the quarter-inch foot. yes, I jammed the fabric up against the flange, couldn't see where the edge of the flange was (bought a new light to take care of that), messed with needle position. Then I bought a new foot and took off the flange- the edge of the foot was rounded. Then bought a new see through foot with Square edges on the right, and that's helping me a lot.

All those teeny 1 inch squares on the 2009 and 2011 BOM taught me to be very careful! I still have not yet attempted a Lone Star quilt, but it's on my to do list. Plenty of starch and measuring will be necessary, I think.

My latest quilt is 3 inch blocks, 14 across and down. The quilt top actually measured 42.5 inches, just what it was supposed to! I did a happy dance!

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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 20 Jun 2012 12:03 #82782

I was in a class with Jan Krentz. she had accurately cut some 1 1/2 inch strips. We set our guide up, sew a pair together, and then pressed and measured how big it was afterward. If it wasn't exactly right, we moved the guide (or the needle, whatever) and sewed another pair and tested.
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Re: Accurate 1/4 inch seams 19 Jun 2012 19:53 #82761

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Jan, thank you for such a helpful post. Thank you too for mentioning your tool. I just read about it and love that it has all of the different angles included on it! I must have it!

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