Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Valentine's Day

Last night the little Stinker came. She wanted Grandpa's juice so she had her sippy and walked over to him to rock.

She knows a sucker for little girls and cuddling.

After awhile she decide I was ok too. Grandpa got the camera out and she decided to wavy to him.

Grandpa was calling her nick name and she got to smiling. "Punky Pie"

Strings everywhere. Yes almost to my goal. I'm sure until later today I won't get to anymore. Dad has to go and get the older kids so Stinker will be here until they get back.

Neat looking block. It is square and all ready to be placed in a quilt Right?  No!

The blue block behind is one of the first ones I made. I cut them all out the right size. Remember I told you I  needed to address my seam allowance. Well I did. But it backfired. 

The block on the left I changed the presser foot. I used the foot for straight stitching that came with the machine. The needle position wasn't changed. Look at the difference in sizes. An eighth of an inch over each seam can change the size of the block real fast.  

Here is the presser feet I've used. The one on the left is a generic I bought for my machine for my brand of machines. The one on the right is the one that came with the machine. Look at the difference in the width of the feet. The one on the right is the one I tried to use with the red block and it is to wide. I remeasured and it is a different size. It does make the pieces track better, but I can't rely on the seam allowance at the edge of the presser foot. Lesson learned make sure you make a sample and also measure.

Comments in the past have surprised me that this hasn't come up before. You have a travel machine and a machine you use at home. Well as you can see how  same machine, but different 1/4 inch feet are different. Measure from the center of the hole on your throat plate and over a 1/4 of an inch and see where it takes you. I will take some pictures. If your blocks are not as large or to big maybe it is your 1/4 inch seam. Lesson learned. Measure........ Chris  

1 comment:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I think a lot of people solve that problem by putting a piece of tape on their sewing machine to indicate where a quarter inch is on their machine and they follow that not the presser foot. Also a lot of people - me included have a quarter inch foot for their machine and only use that for piecing.