Getting a Perfect 1/4 Inch Seam // Try it Tuesday

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Have you ever sat down at a new machine and realized you have no idea if the 1/4” foot is accurate? Or maybe you are new to garment sewing (like me) and that 5/8” seam allowance is still a little iffy, or you are working on a guild quilt and realize that everyone’s definition of a 1/4” is very, very different.Enter the CutRiteTM Sewing Machine Seam Guide.  Today’s feature is a teeny tiny tool given to me by my friend (and local long armer) Cindy. Cindy is a pro, and if she likes something, or teaches me something new, I listen.

Try It Tuesday Stats:

Name:  CutRiteTM Sewing Machine Seam Guide
Size: 1” x 3”
Price: $1.95
Manufacturer: Quilter’s Paradise, located in Escondido, California
Source: I got mine from Cindy (she got them from Checker)–also available locally at Capital Quilts or online at Quilter’s Paradise
How to use it (per the manufacturer)
“Use it to position your machine’s needle exactly where you need it as well as to check the accuracy of your needle’s position. You can position your needle perfectly for a scant 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″ or 3/4″ seam. It has a ruler with markings to 1/8″ and the 45-degree end is very useful when piecing your binding strips together.”
Does it work?
Yes. It’s easy to use.When would I use it? 
I stuck mine seam guide in the sewing kit I take to guild meetings, classes, etc. I used it to get to know my new machine (more on that later!), to make sure the 1/4” foot was accurate, and to easily mark a 5/8” seam on my machine with washi tape. I think it would be especially useful if you are sewing on a machine you haven’t used, or trying to teach someone how to sew accurate seams.

Try It Tuesday #1: Sewing Machine Seam Guide


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  1. Posted March 12, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    that is cool – hadn’t seen that before! I can’t wait to hear about your machine :)

  2. Posted March 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    that looks fantastic. thank you for letting us know about it. i have joined my first bee this year and have struggled with the my 1/4″ versus other’s 14″.

  3. Posted March 13, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I have one of those myself and love it. It works great.

  4. Posted March 14, 2013 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    oh yes! I need this one. How frustrating was it to find out that the machine setting wasn’t a scant 1/4 inch. How frustrating was it to find out that the purchased 1/4 inch foot wasn’t sewing a scant 1/4 inch. That tool would have saved me gray hears and odd sized projects that don’t fit.

  5. Posted March 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    I just got a Janome 8900 and need this! The feet are horribly off and I feel lost not knowing where my accurate scant 1/4 is. Thanks for the links! I think this guy will be my next Terrific Tool Tuesday review too! Awesome!

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