~Perfect Piecing Seam Guide, Notion Review~
The Perfect Piecing Seam Guide was designed by Celine Perkins, owner of Perkins Dry Goods. She designed it in 2007 while teaching beginning quilting classes. She wanted to be able to test her students seam allowances from machine to machine and class to class. There was nothing on the market at the time so Celine invented this all by herself. Let’s check out a bit more about the Perfect Piecing Seam Guide.
First things first
Seriously, the fact Celine saw a need for a handy little tool like this and took the steps to manufacture it herself is so impressive to me. When I was doing my research on this guide, I was fortunate enough to be able to interview her. She gave me some insight on the details of the Perfect Piecing Seam Guide which I go teach on the notion review video. Somethings are just better taught visually vs typing them out, so be sure to watch the video and give it a thumbs up too!
Watch the video
What does it look like?
- Bright lime green
- Measures 4″ with 1/8″ increments along the top edge
- Bottom edge has a laser line at a scant 1/4″ with a hole in the center for the needle to go into
- Perfect size to slip into most sewing machine front cases, travel accessory cases or sewing totes (check this free pattern out to make)
What does it do?
I asked Celine why a scant 1/4″? She had a very excellent detailed answer. In her words, “as a quilter you don’t want an exact 1/4″ seam allowance, as it doesn’t allow for the thread inside the seam. Even if you press it to one side or open. The fabric has to bend around the thread in the seam. This takes up a lot of space and imagine that multiplied over and over with many seams on top of one another, hence, scant 1/4”. This totally made sense to me for the first time ever!!
What does Scant mean?
Below information from www.thefreedictionary.com
adj. scant·er, scant·est
tr.v. scant·ed, scant·ing, scants
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How do you use it?
In order to use the Perfect Piecing Seam Guide there are a few simple steps. First off I want to point out that you do not have to use a 1/4″ (Quarter Inch) presser foot. In fact Celine said you can use any presser foot you are comfortable. Truth is, you should even test the accuracy of your 1/4″ foot.
Here are the steps:
- Place the guide under the presser foot. By hand, lower the needle into the hole.
- Straighten the guide so it is parallel with the edge of the throat plate.
- Lower presser foot to hold guide firmly.
- Place the masking tape, QTools Sewing Edge, or several layers of sticky notes i.e. Post-It Notes up against the guide.
- Remove the guide and use the edge you created as a guide to align your fabric with.
Who is this notion for?
Not just quilters! If you make doll clothes, dolls, teddy bears, small accessories or use the 1/4″ seam allowance a lot, this would be an idea fit for you.
Where do I get the Perfect Piecing Seam Guide?
Always support the inventor of an item directly if you can. Head over to Perkins Dry Goods and tell them I sent you! Next, check with your local quilt shop or big box fabric shops. Finally, I found some spots here on the web you can get it too.
Do I need anything extra?
Celine mentioned that you can use Post it Notes, masking tape or these little purple sticky things called QTools. I didn’t have any and couldn’t find them locally so I ended up using the Post it Notes. But I did find a link for them here on line.
Hope you loved this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
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