Two Tip Tuesday – Catching up on piecing

I’m a bit more settled from my long Houston trip! WOW! Time does fly. I was gone for almost 4 weeks and several projects had to wait until I returned home. So, today I sewed a Senior Lap Quilt for the Thimble Pleasures Quilt guild I belong to. We go to care facilities and “make” quilts with seniors. They pick their fabrics and we sew them together. It is well received!! Under my needle is one of those quilts. I’m telling you all this to talk about 1/4″ seams…
What foot do you use for sewing 1/4″ seams? I have several options for my Janome. It came with a 1/4″ foot with a guide. I find it to be a bit of a chunky 1/4″.

1/4″ foot with guide








So, I bought this “new to me” 1/4″ foot to try. I like it! It seems to be more of an exact 1/4″.

1/4″ foot, no side guide








For the last couple quilts, I have use my regular open toe foot and moved the needle. You can see that the needle is not in the center position.  Did you know you can “bump the needle on most machines?

Open toe foot and changing needle position

#1 – Move your needle position by using the “stitch width” button to bump the needle for preferred 1/4″ seam width.

In changing the needle position, be careful that the needle is not hitting the foot!  This will cause a broken needle!!

No matter how you sew a 1/4″ seam, YOU need to be comfortable, confident, and consistent!!  There are many tools out there to help in positioning the needle for sewing seams.  I’m one for testing the seam.  Choose a foot that is right for you!

#2- Test your 1/4″ seam.  Just because a foot boasts that it is 1/4″, it might vary.  There are many factors that can change that measurement….the thickness of thread and even the thickness of the fabric.

May all your seams be perfect!

in quilting,


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