A quilting bud of mine was recently lamenting the discovery that her ‘scant’ 1/4 inch seam allowance was a bit on the generous side.
“Did you know a 1/4 inch machine foot still makes a seam that’s too wide to be called scant”, she declared huffily, eyes widened maniacally–much like mine when I discover the last Xanax in the bottle on a holiday weekend.
Ever one for eloquence I replied, “No shit?!”
It’s true. I’m sure this comes as no surprise to those of you more astute than myself. It’s only taken me nine years to make this discovery. Yes, I’m a slow learner. So, this afternoon I sat down with The Brother to see if I had it in me to achieve scant 1/4 inch stardom. Sure, it’s not the theory of relativity or the cure for polio, but work with me here.
I rigged up the sewing machine bed with one of those stitch guides. If you ask me the brand on threat of death, get ready to commit a homicide ’cause I’ve got no clue.
I also managed to deface the machine foot with permanent marker as added insurance.
As an added bonus, I discovered the backstitch button…it’s only taken me about five months.
Never mind the fact the button clearly displays a backwards facing arrow. See…I am gifted.
I did achieve the scant 1/4 inch seam, however. I have proof!
Being one who proudly wears the term ‘anal’, I’m a bit ashamed to admit it’s taken me this long to get it right. Somewhere in my quilting journey, I’d decided to eschew my quest for perfection. Perhaps I decided to take comfort in the adage “Don’t worry; it’ll quilt out”. Or as my grandmother liked to say, “Nobody’ll notice it on a galloping horse”.