Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday LunchTime Sewing Lesson!

Good Afternoon (at least it is here in NE!). I hope you all had a great weekend and are starting your Monday on a good note!
I managed to get in a little yard clean up this weekend. Got the dead Roddy brush out of the ground, weeded a huge section in the back!  Rescued the furniture from under the grapevine arbor and my sister started cleaning them!  Next weekend it's finish the major weeding while the bushes are still small, get some veggies in the ground, put up the awning on the arbor so we can sit under it! Hope you had sunshine and got to enjoy some of it!

Today's Sewing lesson is about using a tool that you have right at your fingertips to make sure that you are using the correct seam widths every time you sew!

The Presser foot has two stitch widths that come in very handy..........
look at the photo to the Right. Notice that stitch line and where the presser
foot is located (sorry the photos' not so great!) but it's the green line right
where the foot starts to flair out...........that is on most machine and
pressure foot the 1/8" mark.
The next stitch guide on your pressure foot is the outermost edge of the foot and it will guide you to the perfect 1/4" seam.

Notice the edge of my fabric is abutted to the edge of the presser foot.....That's my 1/4" seam.
Moving right to left to right.....the lines are in 1/8" increments. So the next line would make a 3/8" seam, than 1/2", than 5/8". please note that the 5/8" is the most commonly used seam allowance in sewing. That's why it is so prominent on the stitch plate. The last line on my plate is for a 3/4" seam. Some machines I have also have the numbers, 3, 4, 5, 6 at the top of the stitch line guides .........they mean just what I have stated above.

Now that you know a little more, next week let's set a zipper or two! See you then!  hope you are enjoying these LunchTime Lessons!

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