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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

question about 1/4 seam

Ladies- I know you are all experienced quilters.  I have been working (very slowly) on a wonky log cabin quilt.  I'm having a really hard time getting my 2 and 1/2 strips, and other strips to sew with 1/4 seams.  The seams are crooked, and the feed dogs don't seem to be grabbing the fabric.  Is there a way to raise and lower the feed dogs on a Janomme 1600?  (will have to check on line for the instructions)  Should I cut 12 1/2 in squares of muslin for a foundation backing?
Thanks for your input.
Sara in Fla.


  • At September 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

    That's a Janome 6600 not 1600.
    Sara in Fla.

  • At September 23, 2014 at 11:57 PM , Blogger Laura in IA said...

    Don't know about the sewing machine but I usually cut the foundation a bit larger than finished size because the stitching tends to pull up the foundation so it is not the size you originally cut it.

  • At September 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

    I am finding the feed dogs are not grabbing the fabric. Took the plate off, (as I had done a week ago to clean in there), re-positioned bobin case, reinstalled plate. The problem is still there. Will try a few more times, get DH to take a look. My repair shop is closed on Weds. so can't call them. Will go vaccume.
    Sara in Fla.

  • At September 24, 2014 at 2:36 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

    The wonders of the internet! After re-cleaning inside bobbin case, re-putting it back together I read where another Janomme owner had similar problem. Dust in the feed dogs! Now, it didn't look dusty, but I brushed it gently with the brush in the box of attachments, and VOILA! It works! End of frustration.
    Sara in Fla.

  • At September 25, 2014 at 2:00 AM , Blogger Laura in IA said...


  • At October 25, 2014 at 4:45 AM , Blogger Sternenquilter said...

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  • At October 29, 2014 at 11:17 AM , Blogger RoseyP said...

    I taught quilting for a decade from the seventies into the eighties and truthfully, I don't know why the heck people insist of 1/4" seams...you can always cut them back after. I'd go with 1/2" and avoid the aggravation of struggling with smaller seams. More accuracy but it takes a little bit extra time just trimming the seams back.


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