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Kitcarlson

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My wife uses seam guides for piecing quilt blocks. Accurate setup is important. The guide is removed when assembling top, getting it back exactly, can be a chore. She asked if I could make a plastic template, with holes for 1/4", and scant 1/4", and size that will line up square with bobbin slide plate.

The scant measurement was her present setting. My plan was to are a 2" strip, scribe a perpendicular line for sight with front facing slide edge, then carefully lower needle to make a pit. The pit was drilled with a small bit 0.033" OD. The scant measurement was 0.200" from edge. Additional scribes were added for alignment with Singer 201 plates, and for guide to needle holes.

To use guide, align guide to slide plate with needle down desired hole, slide guide square and tighten. Raise needle, remove guide.

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My wife likes original Singer seam guides. She makes an elongated felt washer to protect machine harp.

If threads are tight, oiling and using a pipe cleaner, or chenille yarn cleans threads well. My wife gave me that idea. The chenille seemed to soft to do any good. I used about a 12" piece, used tooth pick to get it thru, pulled it back and forth several times. It works great!

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You did good. Usually when I see someone reinvent the wheel like this, it's cheaper to go buy one. Not this time.  Dritz makes one of these with several measurements. I bought mine about 5 years ago for a couple bucks. I just checked around and it's $12-$18 everywhere I looked. Sheesh!

https://www.dritz.com/product/machine-seam-gauge-adhesive-guide/


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Thank you for compliment.

My wife checked it out and was pleased. It was easy to make two more using first as template. Those only took a couple of minutes.

A scribe and square is used to make groove to break plastic. Works similar to cutting glass, break takes greater pressure. Then a small amount of sanding using sand paper and flat surface, checking for square.

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