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Sew an accurate 1/4" seam allowance

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The sewing of an accurate seam allowance is very important in patchwork; the standard is ¼” and several sewing machine manufacturers have made special feet to help this. However, if you don’t have one of these, don’t despair, this video shows you how to set your machine to do this.

It is not simply a question of sewing this accurate seam, but also of achieving it; so in this video you are shown how to work on a test piece to double check, even if you are using one of the manufacturers special patchwork feet.]

You need three pieces of fabric, each cut 1 ½” wide x approx 6” long ; you then need to sew them together with your seam allowance; press, and then measure the middle strip by placing the ruler on the right side of the fabric: it should measure 1”. If it is less then your seam allowance is too big and if it is more then your seam allowance is small. Adjust until you get it right and mark the bed of your sewing machine, in front of your sewing foot, so that you can use this as a guide in the future.

How to achieve an accurate seam allowance with the help of your machine;  once you have mastered this, patchwork is so much more enjoyable with much less reverse-sewing!(unpicking!)

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