I had a little time and found myself on rabbit trails through the internet. I found myself on Lori Holt’s Bee in my Bonnet blog after a blog reader suggested I check out some of her farm quilts.
I’m not the best at sampler type quilts but I’m hopeful that I might make one or two quilt by her that aren’t quite so sampler-ish. I did cave and buy the book but more on that another day.
For now I thought I would tell you about her seam guide….I found out about this from Lori’s blog Bee In My Bonnet. You can find the link to the actually page that tells more information about the seam guide here. I was already buying the book so I decided to buy one of these too. I’ll admit to being pretty skeptical….
So it looks like this…..
Here’s a close up so that if you’re ever interested in getting one, you know exactly what it is….
I followed the directions and got the seam guide in place on my machine. I grabbed some of my triangles and check out to see how it could work….Wow, I liked it. This is going to be FABULOUS for when I am sewing flip corners and need to go from corner to corner of a square. Right now I just eye ball it. I know some people draw a line on the squares but with this there would never be a need. This is really going to keep my accurate. All I need to do is keep my edge on the 1/4″ line.
It took about a minute to install….five might be more accurate. I read the directions twice and fretted once…but it’s not a big deal. After I got it in place I did worry though. How hard would it be to get to my bobbin to change it? So even though I didn’t need to change my bobbin, I tried it anyway. Here’s what I found….My machine is different than most. I don’t have a drop in bobbin…I don’t have a front load bobbin. I have a side load bobbin. The opening you see to left is actually an opening on the deck of the table that attaches to my machine. The opening on the right, under the seam guide is actually the opening to my machine.
To get to the bobbin I had to lift the seam guide and stick my hand under…check out my glamorous arm picture below!
It was do-able and the guide, with the help of the sticky dots that I only placed on the right side of the seam guide held the seam guide in place. There was no need to reposition it.
I have been using this for a couple weeks now and really like it. I showed it to Kelli and she plans to get one too. I can easily see that is will help my accuracy and for anyone who was previously drawing lines when doing flip corners would save lots of time. It’s a win-win all around.
I know someone will ask where I got it so I’m adding the information here… Lori has an Etsy shop. Here is the link.
I’ve said before that I’m not a big gadget girl…but on this…I’m sold.