The Quarter Inch Foot, Patchwork, and Quilting Foot – The Specialty Foot Of Many Names
The quarter inch foot is called by different names by sewing machine manufacturers, names such as the patchwork or the quilting foot. Regardless of what the foot is called, it essentially performs the same functions. The foot may vary in how it looks from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Some of these feet may have an attached quilting guide that allows for the even stitch in the ditch quilting.
The foot is not just used for quilting, although that is generally its main function, but can be used for any sewing or home décor project that calls for even spacing.
The foot when used to embellish, can create squares, diamonds, blocks or rows that contain consistent, even stitches.
Many of these feet instead of having a quilting guide bar that is inserted in a hole in the shank of the foot holder, actually have red markings on the foot, that can be graded in ¼, 1/8 or 3/8 inches. Other feet of this type my just have the red markings and no guide bar.
Another characteristic of these feet is that one toe of the foot may be larger than the other, sometimes it is the right toe of the foot and sometimes it is the left toe of the foot, but different sized toes on the presser foot are a characteristic.
The quarter inch foot by one manufacturer has a wide opening, instead of different size toes, but it does have markings on the foot. These marking on any of these feet assist the quilter not only in creating quarter inch seams, but also in pivoting the quilt for the next ¼ inch seam.
These specialty feet can also be used for narrow seams, such as in baby garments, doll clothes or other crafting projects.
For a nice short video on how to use the quarter inch foot, click here on the link to homesewing.co.uk Here is a nice short video on how to use the quilting foot with guide.
Some excellent references about presser feet are:
• The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook by Charlene Phillips
• Fancy Footworks – Book and/or DVD by Nancy Zieman
For information about other sewing machine presser feet, click on the links below.