I want to help you master a true, quarter-inch, seam for accurate piecing on the singer, quantum stylus 99 60 in with this machine was included a quarter inch foot, and it is clear. So that makes it really easy to see where you're going, but you will want to be a guiding the clear edge of the right side of the foot evenly with the edge of the fabric, but it's more than just that first off. You do need to accurately cut your fabric pieces. Next there are things like thread and needles that can make a. Difference plus I'm going to show you how you can set the seam guide that comes with this machine as a nice wall to follow.
So first off I mentioned needles and thread. Why would that make such a difference? So there's, two needles, I always recommend to my students. One is a quilting needle size, 75 11. This is a thinner needle, and it's sharper it's also a little smaller.
So with a smaller needle, you need some type of thinner thread. One of my personal favorites is the AREA fill brand of thread the 50. Weight so with the orange base, this is a pleasant thin thread. And the reason a thin thread is important is that after you sew this seam, you've got to remember you're going to be pressing it open. A thinner thread is gonna press open and flat. If you have a standard thickness of thread it's gonna kind of leave a little of a ridge and actually might make your size of box shrink down the more seams that you sew to make that size I. Remember, when I started quilting, my blocks were always like 12 and.
A quarter, not twelve and a half and I was losing my seam allowance part of it was because I, didn't know any different. And we were using thicker thread the other needle that I'd recommend. If along this line is a Microtech size, 70 needles, again, you have to use a thinner thread in these needles. So if you're switching needles, you need to switch to a thinner thread next as you start to stitch, let's, go ahead and actually attach the quarter inch foot.
The lines on this foot would assist you if you needed. To do an eighth of an inch seam allowance. Now first off before I do anything I noticed. I am on a decorative stitch, and I'm going to go back to a straight stitch. So the needle goes down into the center of the foot I would have broken my needle, and hopefully not my foot if I had stitched in to the side. So make sure you're always on a straight stitch when you put this on. So the next thing is you guiding this fabric?
So that foot in the edge is perfectly lined up. Now I mentioned that you could. Utilize the guide that came with this machine, you can actually set that guide right up against the foot and the fabric and create this little wall.
And that would be like the ultimate training wheels for keeping your fabric, guided nice. And even look how perfect that would be let's. Just go ahead. I'm on a straight stitch, Center needle position.
Yes, I didn't, switch, threader needles. But that way you can see what I'm working with look I can just kind of keep that fabric hugged up against that little. Wall and I'm going to get a perfect quarter inch seam.
So after you've stitched, go ahead and press and then measure are you getting the size? Your pattern has asked for, but trust me with a little of practice, the right needles and the right thread, I think you'll find that your quarter inch seams will become more accurate.