I demonstrated my sticky solution, and the reason why I like my seam guide to go not only in FRONT of the needle, but to continue behind it as well.
My reasoning is that I want a very straight seam – and to achieve that I have to start before I reach the needle, and the fabric has to stay straight as it follows through ---much like a tennis swing needs to push forward to have the ball move forward, because if you curve away by bringing your arm up too soon, you are going to get a ball that flies too high in a curve and not in a straight path.
So much for my tennis analogy – we spent last week watching the Australian Open!
A question came as “What do you do when you don’t have a straight stitch machine, and the feed dogs are wide?”
I have a couple of solutions for you from Quilt-Cam watchers!
Carol wrote of her dilemma:
Hi Bonnie, I can never get the where I can post a message while you are live on Quiltcam. Really enjoyed it tonight - working on a binding while watching. Glad you discussed about the 1/4" seam markers - I tried to put them on all our machines out in the Quilt Cabin today - with partial success.
Worked great on some, and not on others, found out why, wide feed dogs - these are not all straight stitch machines,just old ones, and some have zigzag so will have to try something else for those.
Had ten ladies sewing Scrappy Trips - to show them the pattern - now they can make them at home later.
Also rainy and stormy here today, seems like it was everywhere today, but cleared up in time to have computer on for Quiltcam!
Enjoying Quiltcam again tonight. Cutting up cuffs and collars ready for strip quilting.
When using my machine with wide feed dogs I use a magnetic ruler as my seam guide.
Note that I have notched it out. I still use a piece of tape at each end to ensure guide does not slip.
Another suggestion was made to move your needle all the way to the right --- and then mark your 1/4” seam from there, so that both feed dogs are in contact with the fabric for your 1/4” seam. This way the feed dog will not be in the way of the seam guide at all either ----
I hope this helps several of you who are still searching for that elusive 1/4” seam!