First, let me say congratulations to Connie C. for commenting on my blog last Wednesday and being the randomly selected winner of a 1/2 yard bundle of fabric from Fabri-Quilt!
It’s Tuesday, and I’ve got another quick tip for you today that will make your life so much easier. If you have a link of your own to share this week, scroll down to the bottom and share your knowledge!
Changing my seam allowances from project to project drives me nuts. I frequently switch back and forth between 1/4″, a scant 1/4″ and 3/8″ for attaching my binding to the face of my quilt.
It’s so important to be perfectly accurate with these seam allowances; and for awhile, I found that I was failing on that front. Enter the Ideal Seam Guide! By the way, this is not a paid endorsement or an affiliate link… I just want to share a tool that I love with you.
The ideal seam guide is a small plastic ruler, with tiny holes in it for each possible seam size you might need (all the way from 1/8″ to 1 1/2″).
You choose the hole you need that corresponds with the marked seam allowance of your choice, and lower the needle of your machine into the hole, and attach the seam guide of your choice.
Here’s a quick video to show you how it’s used:
(Sidenote: I’ve tried everything for a guide– 1/4″ foot, moleskin, sticky notes, frog tape, sticky cork, and now my heart and seams are happy with my adjustable screw-in guide on my Janome 1600P).
You can buy the Ideal Seam Guide in several places. I bought mine directly from SewVerySmooth.com. I’ve seen it on Ebay, and on Fat Quarter Shop in the past too. I’ve also seen cheaper versions by Dritz and Connor on Amazon, but they don’t seem to have a scant 1/4″ option, which is a must for me!