Tuesday Tutorial: Accurate 1/4″ Seam Allowances

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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.

Note: please click any image to go directly to the video lesson.

quarter w tape Tuesday Tutorial: Accurate 1/4″ Seam AllowancesTake 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.

quarter1 Tuesday Tutorial: Accurate 1/4″ Seam AllowancesAfter 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.

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4 Responses to Tuesday Tutorial: Accurate 1/4″ Seam Allowances

  1. Jo says:

    Would really like to pin the tutorial on Pinterest. Am I missing something or can I pin the tutorial on Pinterest? Enjoyed your tutorial. Thank you, Jo

  2. Valerie says:

    Hello Jo, You might find it easiest to re-pin from our FREE Quilt Lessons/McCall’s Quilting Pinterest board. Thanks!

  3. Patricia Hersl says:

    Such a pet peeve for me! We spend thousands on sewing machines designed for quilters and the engineers cannot seem to figure out how we can achieve a 1/4″ seam allowance without the use of painter’s tape. There is no way we should be forced to make these crude adjustments when they can be engineered properly. We quilters need to be more demanding.

  4. lavallee says:

    je ne comprend pas l anglais mais je concours pareil merci

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