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Sunday, August 1, 2010

project "let's get to the bottom of this 1/4" thing"

a clumsy title, but accurate - unlike my piecing!

so possible issues that could be leading to my problems....
1. my 1/4" foot is not true





2. my rulers for rotary cutting are not true







3. there is a problem with the patterns at the website

4. i am crap at piecing

item number 3 seems to be not the case - the lovely Alex had a look at the maths and says it looks good for a 12" block. so.....

1. my 1/4" foot is not true
2. my rulers for rotary cutting are not true
3. there is a problem with the patterns at the website 
4. i am crap at piecing

first things first, tape measure onto the rulers, and the mat - they are all the same.  and i figure it can't be this, or that i am totally rubbish at cutting, otherwise none of my edges would ever match up..... so......


1. my 1/4" foot is not true
2. my rulers for rotary cutting are not true
3. there is a problem with the patterns at the website 
4. i am crap at piecing

a quick measure of my 1/4" foot has a devestating result.....



it's WAY bigger than 1/4"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  what's that about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

so im quite sad.....i loved that foot - he was awesome.

so a big WHEW! that point 4 wasn't the case :)  thanks for the comments about inaccurate machine feet and measurements etc.  who would have thought that those extra little bits could throw a block out by a whole 1/2"!

so i put the regular foot on, and used the 1/4" mark on the throat plate (which seemed to measure 1/4" on my tape measure too).  and remade the Chain block that i made for Paola, but in scraps

and would you look at that!  it measures 12.5"!!! yay!!



im so sorry to Marcia at the Quilter's Cache for even SUGGESTING that it could have been anyone's problem other than mine!!!

i guess we are at the bottom of this 1/4" thing - Mr. 1/4" foot is in the bin :(

pugs and kisses
xx

p.s. if anyone wants the above block, just let me know! its ready to be posted :)

4 comments:

Alex said...

Yay for solving the mystery! Can you see if other brands of 1/4" feet fit your machine and find one you like?

crafty pug said...

thats a great idea! will see if the LQS sells other brands that fit my brother....i miss the little guy already :)

Cathy said...

great detective work ;-)

Alex said...

I THINK Singer feet will work with Brothers - not 100% sure though. When I discovered my foot was out, I figured out where 1/4 was on the foot and use that mark instead of the one you're "supposed" to use.