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breaking the radio silence to ask:

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quarter inch foot.

Do you love it?

or do you hate it?

Mostly over here I’m spinning my wheels and unpicking/remaking bee blocks, because I HATE this little piece of metal and plastic. OK. Perhaps one shouldn’t blog when one has a pile of 20 HSTs to pick apart, re-square, and reassemble.

I’m trying to make theseΒ for Grace circle of do. Good Stitches (more on this later, I’m saving up for a bee post) and I’ll be honest, I looked at the block and thought, piece of cake.

And then my first block was 12.75” x 12.25”. When it was supposed to be 12” square. We all know that big odd blocks are bad bee karma. So I will need to unpick and re-do.

But here’s the thing: before I started, I checked my 1/4” seam by moving the needle and measuring my “normal” seam. (I like to sew very scant, which works fine when I am the one making all the blocks.) And the block still came out large!

For the second block I hauled out my stupid quarter inch foot and, because IT DOESN’T SANDWICH THE FABRIC TO THE FEED DOGS TIGHTLY ENOUGH, I spent a lot of time digging weird eaten fabric out from the machine and fixing wonky seams. But then the second block was 12”ish, and I could shave off little bits of fabric to make it perfect. (I remembered to leave seam allowances!)

So. Sew bad blocks with my A foot? Or struggle mightily with the stupid quarter inch foot? How do YOU achieve your perfect 1/4” seam?

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