Ah, the elusive 1/4″ quilting seam! For this Tuesday Tutorial, I am pleased to present another one of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) video lessons, An Accurate 1/4″ Seam Allowance. Your host for this video lesson is Kathy Patterson, senior editor of McCall’s Quilting.
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Take a few minutes to learn some great tips from Kathy for this essential quilting skill! Think a 1/4″ quilting foot is enough? Kathy will show you why it’s not. Have you ever had a suspicion that the thread you use might make a difference? Kathy will give you a great tip about what thread is best used for your piecing.
After Kathy walks you through the steps for setting up your accurate 1/4″ seam allowance, she’ll show you how to test its accuracy, as well as how to correct it if it turns out a bit too small or too large.
If your feed dogs would be partially covered with tape or post-its, try moving your machine needle as far to the right as it will go first , if your machine has that capability, then proceed with the accuracy test. Note: make sure you’re not using a straight-stitch needle plate if you need to move your needle to the right!
After you watch the video, be sure to download the free PDF as a handy guide to keep with your sewing machine—you’ll find the link on the video page.
Improve your quilting skills by taking a few minutes to watch the free Accurate 1/4″ Seam Allowance video lesson at McCallsQuilting.com – click here. Remember, this is just one of the FREE quilting video lessons available 24-7 from our library of FREE quilting lessons and videos at McCallsQuilting.com.