Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Terrific Tool Tuesday ~ Sewing Machine Seam Guide and GIVEAWAY

Terrific Tool Tuesday

Hello again! Thank you so much for having patience with my sporadic TTT posts!

Today's tool is the Sewing Machine Seam Guide made by Quilter's Paradise.

I discovered this tool while browsing my Instagram feed and instantly knew I needed one. I know that one drawback of getting a new machine is trying to find that perfect scant 1/4 inch seam again. This tool makes it simple and quick to do, and I really wish I would have discovered it about a week sooner!

All you do is line up the edge of your foot with the numbered edge of the ruler and if you have an adjustable needle, just move it over until it is over the hole for your preferred seam allowance and then slowly lower the needle (without thread) with your hand wheel. If your machine does not have an adjustable needle, just slowly lower the unthreaded needle until it is in the hole of your preferred seam allowance and check for a landmark on your foot. If you don't have a "landmark" use a fine tipped sharpie to mark it.

I used it in the picture below to find the 1/4 inch seam allowance on my general presser foot. You can see that where the clear plastic meets the metal on my foot is 1/4 inch, my "landmark" on this foot.

If you wanted to sew a 5/8 inch seam allowance for clothing again lower your needle until it is in the 5/8 inch hole this time.

Then you can use blue painter's tape to mark a longer perfect straight 5/8 seam.

As you can see with my new Janome Clear View Quilter Foot, when my needle is in the center position it doesn't even hit the designated marks on the foot. When I used that first mark it ended up being much smaller than 1/4 inch and threw off the blocks I was making. 

But when I adjusted my needle all the way to the right, it was finally perfect. 

The Sewing Machine Seam Guide is about 3.25 inches long by 7/8 inches wide. It has holes for 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", and 3/4". And you can use the 45 degree angled end when you are piecing your binding together. You can buy the Sewing Machine Seam Guide at Quilter's Paradise for a steal at $1.95 (plus shipping and possible tax). The link provided is to Quilter's Paradise Notions page. The Seam Guide is the third product down. But you should check out their cute mini rulers and Bind Up tool while you are there!  

So now that you have seen the wonderful capabilities of this amazing little tool, how about a chance to win one? 


Giveaway is closed

Thank you to the wonderful people at 
Quilter's Paradise for sponsoring this review and including THREE bonus seam guides to THREE lucky readers!

:: To enter please tell me what your favorite sewing machine foot is. I am really starting to love my Clear View Foot, now that I finally have my scant 1/4 inch seam figured out. 

:: Bonus entry: Like Quilter's Paradise on Facebook and tell them Live. Love. Create. sent you. 

This giveaway is open to everyone and will run until 11:59 (CST) Monday, April 1st. I will randomly draw three winners and email the winners. Please leave your email address if it is not linked to your profile. Good luck!



March 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

I love my button hole foot - it took me a while to figure it out but thanks to Youtube I did!!! Wonderful giveaway!!

March 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Oh my gosh...i sew need this! That quarter inch will be the end of me. Actually my favorite foot is the pld open toe general purpose foot, with my walking foot running a close second. Thanks!
Boppiesgirl at gmail dot com

March 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

I love my Teflon foot! I quilt, craft, and work with a lot of wool...the Teflon foot works with everything!

March 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

This is so cool, Kelly! Thanks for the giveaway!
My favorite foot is the walking foot because without it my ends don't line up when I'm done sewing a row. And I am not experienced enough to figure out why my fabric is shifting and what to do about it.

March 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

I love my walking foot! Thanks for the giveaway!

March 26, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Liked Quilter's Paradise on Facebook

March 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

My favorite sewing machine foot is my free motion foot! So fun to create!

March 26, 2013 at 5:25 PM

i use my darning foot to FMQ all the time, my zipper foot a surprising amount of time, and i've broken my walking foot (which is tragic)... but i use my 1/4" foot the most - this would be GREAT to see if it's actually 1/4 inch!

March 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I love the standard foot on my vintage Singer 15-91. It has one thicker side and one very thin one - it feeds so perfectly! Thanks for the chance to win - I really need this gadget!!

March 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I liked Quilter's Paradise's page on Facebook and I told you that you sent me :-)

March 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM

i want a walking foot, that's next on my list

March 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM

i liked them and told them you sent me

March 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM

I love my 1/4" with guide and my walking foot!

March 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Hello Kelly,

Aren't the smallest things the most useful. I love my 1/4 inch foot. Having this guide would be so useful to have on hand.Sorry not on Facebook.

Happy days.

March 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Ohoh. I really need this! Fingers crossed!!!!!!

March 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Dang it. I was so excited i forgot to say i love my 1/4 inch foot with the side bar. Liked them on FB

March 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I use my walking foot the most, so I would have to say that it's my favorite.

March 26, 2013 at 10:52 PM

I love my zipper foot - once I learned what it was, I could finally do zippers with ease! Woo!

March 27, 2013 at 3:48 AM

My 1/4" foot is my favourite!

March 27, 2013 at 5:37 AM

I love my Babylock walking foot! What a neat product - I've been struggling with the 1/4 seam for weeks!!

March 27, 2013 at 5:59 AM

My walking foot is my favorite. Thanks.

March 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM

I liked Quilter's Paradise & left a comment. Thanks again.

March 27, 2013 at 6:04 AM

My free motion foot or stitch in ditch foot

March 27, 2013 at 7:29 AM

That makes so much sense! I can never figure out the correct placement of my needle. This will be so helpful! I think my favorite foot right now is my rolled hem because I'm just learning how to use it.

March 27, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I love the 1/4" foot that came with my Simplicity. I have a Janome now, but the 1/4" foot that came with it is one-hair over 1/4." I figured that out a little to late for one project! :D I like my rolled hem foot too, but I use it as a guide for top-stitching!

March 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM

I liked Quilter's Paradise on FB.

March 27, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I definitely like my quarter inch foot best! Right now I use one of my rotary cutting rulers to mark my 1/4", but am always worried I will break it. This would sure help!

March 27, 2013 at 7:01 PM

I love my walking foot - I find that it is not just for quilting, but is also useful for when sewing through thicker or many layers of fabric too.

March 27, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I like the 1/4" foot. I really need to explore the ones I have for my machine.

March 27, 2013 at 8:07 PM

great tool! I like the 1/4" foot with a guide, that is the one that gets used most often. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

March 27, 2013 at 10:40 PM

I loooove my Walking Foot...but use my 1/4" foot the most lol

March 27, 2013 at 11:32 PM

popped or to l.l.create and mentioned you sent me!

March 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I like my open toe foot the best for general sewing.

March 29, 2013 at 2:19 AM

My walking foot is my favourite foot, makes straight line quilting so easy. Thanks for the chance to win this clever product.

March 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM

I have three versions of a walking foot that I LOVE!
But I could really use this produce to make sure my seams are accurate!

March 29, 2013 at 10:32 PM

My walking foot and I are best friends at the moment....I'm new to quilting and this is a MUST HAVE tool!

March 31, 2013 at 7:45 AM

My favorite specialty foot is my narrow hem foot. So very useful when you need to make a narrow hem!

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