Accuracy is not a huge issue for most of the kind of piecing that I like to do but for some and particularly people receieving the winnings of the BOM it can be a big deal. So I thought I would do a pre-BOM post about how to check ones 1/4".
If you are new to the game, have trouble getting things to turn out the right size or if you are like me with a new machine this is a worth while exercise!
I recently bought an old model Singer from my friend Randy. It's such a cute little machine I could not resist!! And since my Bernina is in the shop this week I got out the 301A to give her a test run.
This machine did not have a 1/4 inch foot. The seam allownances are marked on the metal throat plate. This is a system I don't use much so I thought a little warm up activity was in order. Not only will I be able to check my 1/4 inchers but also the stitch length.
First off all accurate piece work begins with accurate cutting. The red strip is exactly 2" so once the 1.5" white strips are sewn on either side I should have a perfect 1.5 inch red strip flanked by to perfect 1.25" white strips.
Make sure your edges line up perfectly.
Press seams toward the outside strips.
Looks pretty close. I think I'm good to sew!
If you've never done this exercise or you have trouble getting things to turn out the right size or you've got a new machine, I suggest you try this little procedure. It may help!
I will be posting all the projects here for the BOM through the year . I invite you to stop by and sew along. I've got some really fun project planned!