A few years ago, I wrote several posts about different sewing machine foot types. I was not very interested in quilting at the time so I didn’t do a post on the 1/4″ Patchwork Foot. Today is the end.
Quilters will find the 1/4″ Patchwork Foot (sometimes called a quilting foot) invaluable. It is essential for achieving a perfect quilting seam allowance. This ensures that your quilt blocks are consistent in size. If you try to make a quilt block that is 12x12x12x12x12” with multiple pieces, and don’t have exact seam allowances, the overall size of your quilt block may be off by more then a half-inch.
This will impact the overall size of the quilt as well as the matching of individual pieces when you connect the blocks.
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A 1/4″ Patchwork Foot is a great way to avoid having these problems when piecing a quilt. This allows for consistent seam allowances across all your blocks. This ensures that the seams of your blocks are perfectly aligned when you put them together.
This is an excellent example of why your individual blocks should be exactly as shown in this small quilt. These individual pieces wouldn’t match up if the seams were even 1/8″ off. You might be able see where it happened if you look closely.
The details of the 1/4″ Patchwork Foot
Because it is located next to the fabric’s raw edge, this foot can be used to create a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Many manufacturers will add markings to the foot. These markings are typically spaced at 1/4 inch apart and can be used to help you stop or turn.
A 1/4″ patchwork foot is also available from some manufacturers with a guide. The guide should be placed on the outside edge. This will prevent you from leaving too much seam allowance, which can cause problems with the size of your quilt.
Sewing with the Feet
This image shows how a triangle piece is attached to a square. The edge of your foot is aligned with the raw edge. This is the right position to sew a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Take a look at the block finished. Because I am inconsistent with seam allowances, none of my triangles will match and some points may be cut off. This could affect the overall appearance of a quilt.
The 1/4″ Patchwork Foot allowed me to put all the seams together perfectly, allowing for precise points and 1/4 inch seam allowance throughout the block. This accuracy ensures that no points are lost when you put blocks together to make a quilt.
A 1/4″ Patchwork Quilting Foot is a must-have when piecing a quilt. This will enable you to create consistent-sized blocks that have matching seams when you join them in a quilt.