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Sewing machine seam guide

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riffleraffle Tue 18-Mar-14 07:51:11

I am looking for a seam guide. Initially for a bit of quilting but also for hems etc so would be looking for something adjustable. I can't use a magnetic guide as my machine (silver 1035) is computerised.

Any suggestions?

Has anyone used one of these


starfishmummy Tue 18-Mar-14 07:59:55

Masking tape stuck to the machine bed.

EstoyAqui Tue 18-Mar-14 08:00:56

I was going to suggest tape too. It's worked for me for years!

riffleraffle Tue 18-Mar-14 10:11:53

Will give that a go

Thanks for the tip!

Nocomet Tue 18-Mar-14 10:22:34

There are lines on the foot plate on my machine.

riffleraffle Tue 18-Mar-14 14:26:44

My machine has lines too but you can get feet with guides that make quilting at 1/4 or 1/8 inch easier as the fabric runs along the edge of the guide. So in theory you wouldn't need to keep checking the lines in the feet and should end up with accurate seams. I hope I've explained this properly!

riffleraffle Tue 18-Mar-14 14:27:29

*lines on the baseplate

craftynclothy Tue 18-Mar-14 16:36:30

When your machine is on a straight stitch and you adjust the width does the needle move left and right? If so you can adjust the width setting until you're getting a 1/4" seam by lining the raw edges up to the edge of the foot - takes some trial and error on scrap fabric but much better in the long run (if you don't want to buy a 1/4" foot). You can write the settings down on masking tape and stick it to your machine.

insideout Tue 18-Mar-14 18:34:57

Tape an old store card to the machine bed

RavenRose Tue 18-Mar-14 19:58:01

I've used the guide as one came with my walking foot. I also have a quarter inch foot. Both work really well although the first line has to be correct if you use the guide as otherwise you are following a wonky line and all other lines go wonky if that makes sense.

I'm sure there are other ways and I've seen a base plate where the lines have been filled with Tippex to make them more obvious. But I'm a lazy sod and if there's a gadget to make life easier I'll use it so stick to the guide and foot!

riffleraffle Wed 19-Mar-14 15:22:44

Thanks for all the tips. Will give them a try and consider the quarter inch foot

EddieVeddersfoxymop Wed 19-Mar-14 18:54:12

I have a guide, a 1/4" foot and used tape. The special foot is the one that works for me.....

costsofemployment Sun 30-Mar-14 00:03:52

Tape was a revelation to me at sewing school.

I can't imagine not using it now!

MrsPennyapple Sun 30-Mar-14 00:14:27

Oh, is THAT what that thing is for? I got a weird looking bit of metal with my machine, looks like an Alan key but with an extra corner, I did wonder what it was for.

The edge of my sewing machine foot is at 1/4" so I just line up with that.

riffleraffle Fri 04-Apr-14 21:31:02

I splurged £5 for the special foot and love it! So simple but efficient and effective. And another shiny piece for my sewing machine bits n bobs collection.
Thanks for all the advice

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