Stick n Stitch Guide Tutorial
In quilting, an accurate 1/4" seam allowance has a huge impact on the final outcome. Having a seam allowance that’s not quite 1/4" adds up to inches lost over the course of the many, many seams within a pieced top.
It’s also important to make sure sewn units measure as expected. For example, two 2 1/2" unfinished squares sewn together with a 1/4" seam should measure 4 1/2". If your unit is still shy, fabric bulk and thread thickness taken up in the fold could be responsible, and you may need to use a scant (slightly less than) 1/4" seam allowance.
While I have a pretty good handle on my 1/4" seam at this point, my consistency becomes questionable with other measurements, and bulky or curved seams.
The time had come for me to turn my purchased raw materials into a tote for my first grade son’s super hero-loving teacher. This occasion was a perfect opportunity to put my Clover 6-in-1 Stick n’ Stitch Guide to use.
If you’re like me, you wonder just what the six things (of the 6-in-1 title) happen to be.
1. Straight Stitching
2. Quilt Strips
3. Outer Curves
4. Inner Curves
5. Left Side Topstitching
6. Right Side Topstitching
First, put your needle through the hole in the positioning template for whichever size seam allowance you desire. Clean off your machine bed. Peel the protective plastic cover off the sticky base of the gauge (but save it for later). Stick the guide in position, as illustrated in the instructions, before lifting the needle and removing the template.
I used the the free Market Tote Trio Pattern to create the bag.