Free Technique Monday: How to Sew a Perfect 1/4 Inch Seam

How to Sew a Perfect 1/4 Inch Seam

While  garments are typically made using a 3/8″ seam allowance, patchwork uses a 1/4” seam allowance, which can sometimes be difficult to locate on a standard sewing machine. Many quilters have their own techniques for identifying a 1Ž4” seam allowance, and in this quick class, you’ll see Liza’s preferred method.

How to Sew a Perfect 1/4 Inch Seam

Liza Lucy is a traditional quilt maker with a contemporary sense of color and design. Liza is the owner of Glorious Color, a source for fabrics designed by Kaffe Fassett. She and Kaffe have collaborated on numerous quilt designs and books since 1993.

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  1. Thank you for the tip.

  2. Although Liza had a good tip for making an accurate 1/4 inch seam, I have to disagree with her saying that 3/8 inch is the seam allowance used for garment construction. There are some patterns that use a 3/8 seam allowance; however, major commercial pattern companies and the independent pattern companies, from whom I have purchased patterns, use a 5/8 inch seam allowance.

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