Monday, May 21, 2012

Trying to get it right

After the HMQG retreat, I stumbled upon a sewing machine foot I didn't know I owned. A guild member mentioned her 1/4" foot, and said it came with the quilting foot she'd purchased for her Janome. Since I had a Janome and a quilting foot, I realized I most likely had the same foot.
Eureka! I found it, and immediately thought about how much easier it would make my life.
I attached it and went to town on sewing my second block for BaMS.

I finished, and put it with my first block to mail, when I realized that the new block was most definitely smaller than the first.

Too small

How could this be? The 1/4" foot should have made me more precise, and I was stumped.

Then I remembered that the needle position should have been adjusted to 4.0 (vs. the default 3.5) before proceeding.

OOPS.

The quarter inch foot

This week, I made a third postage stamp block, and now I can send Aylin her blocks.

And now I'll remember to adjust the needle each time I turn on the machine.

The too small block will go in my scrap bin. I'm sure I'll find a fun use for it!

I started a Wiksten tank this weekend, and almost finished. I'll share it soon!

12 comments:

  1. oh, yes, the quarter inch foot changed my life for the better. a lovely gadget.

    have a great week!

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  2. Love my quarter inch foot. I finally could get rid of that piece of blue tape I had on my machine as a guide. Also, I love postage stamp blocks! Yours are so bright - very pretty.

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  3. i'm a big fan of the quarter inch foot. does your machine have saved stitches? on mine there's a specific piecing stitch, #93 that adjusts the position and stitch length for you.

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  4. I love the quarter inch foot-- it's great you discovered you have one! I have found that if I just run the fabric through there, though, it's definitely not a scant quarter inch, so I still have to be careful with that when trying to be precise. I love having that easy to follow guide!
    Your postage stamp blocks are great-- I love the mix of fabrics!

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  5. You know, I had bad luck with my foot because like Natalie, it's not a scant quarter inch. I think I do better without it. Or, maybe I'm a control freak? LOL.

    Ooh, sounds like an exciting tank since it came together so fast. That's always fun. Looking forward to seeing!

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  6. I have so many sewing fails like that! Glad you were able to whip up a new one so quickly. I just bought the wiksten tank pattern and some liberty fabric. I'm so excited to try it. What fabric are you using for yours?

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  7. Love those postage stamp blocks! The too small one would make a dandy mug rug.

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  8. i have to make sure i adjust my needle position too. if i have my 1/4" foot on and i don't remember to adjust, i snap a needle every single time! scares me to death! i can't wait to see your tank! i am sure you will finish it tonight! ;)

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  9. I'm thinking that every time I've ever sewn, I've used a quarter inch foot? But I can't be sure since foots and needles confuse me so...which is why I rarely sew! I'm glad you figured it out though...your postage stamp blocks are quite nice!

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  10. I LOVE my 1/4 foot. When I started quilting, I felt like it was training wheels for my sewing! Your blocks look great!

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  11. Oh blurg I hate when that happens! I do the same, adjust my needle position. At least they're all still cute :)

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