I am trying very hard to cut my fabric correctly, but they never come out straight, When I have to cut (3) 2/12 x 42 inch strips to sew them together, I never end with the width being 6 1/2. I need help. I want to make my quilts as beautiful as possible, but am not having good luck. Help
firstly, hello donna and welcome. measure your strips after you cut them to make sure they are the right width. i need to bac k up here.
to make a seam test strip;
1. cut three 1 1/2 inch strips 6 inches long.
2 measure and make sure your strips are 1 1/2 inches wide, to make sure you are cutting them correctly.
3. sew these strips together side by side with "scant" 1/4 inch seams, this means it is only one or two threads shy of 1/4 inch. your piece should now measure 3 1/2 inches. if it is smaller than 3 1/2 inches, your seams are too big. if it is bigger than 3 1/2 inches you're seams are too small. i hope this is making sense to you.
4. adjust your seams just a smidge, bigger or smaller as needed, and try it again. do this until your piece is exactly 3 1/2 inches
when you get the seams exactly the right size, you can mark where the edge of the fabric goes. i take a 1/4 inch masking tape and a sharp knife, cut a 1 to 3 inch piece, through several layers of tape ( about 1/8th inch thick). stick the tape down on your machine, so the edge of the fabric is guided to the needle by the tape, at exactly a scant 1/4 inch.
any questions just ask, this is kinda hard to describe. you might also check and see if your machine has a 1/4 inch foot. they make it much easier.
there has been a discussion on this a while back, you can also go to the search box at the top of this page and type in 1/4 inch seam and see the entire discussion to get more tips good luck gini
gini in north idaho
Hi Donna and welcome to QCA. There is a June Tailor product called Quarter Cut that may help you. It looks like a large acrylic ruler (about 15" x 10") but it has very narrow openings in it to roll your rotary cutter through. It has markings and openings every 1/4" from 0 - 12. It's a little hard to explain, but if you go to a fabric store and look in their notions section you will probably find one.
Here's a link to the Quarter Cut at Joann's: Quarter Cut