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Make a seam-allowance guide with tape

Use a craft knife to cut multiple layers of tape to create a seam-allowance guide

Use a craft knife to cut multiple layers of tape to create a seam-allowance guide

Photo: Scott Phillips

Here's an easy way to create an effective seam guide using multiple layers of masking tape. This is especially helpful when seam allowances don't correspond to the marks on your throat plate. Slightly flatten a roll of masking tape, and use a rotary cutter or craft knife to carefully score across the tape in two places an inch apart to a depth of three or four layers of tape. Peel off all of the layers as one unit, and affix the tape stack to your machine at the appropriate seam allowance. The depth of the tape unit is a helpful guide that prevents your seam allowance from wavering as you sew.

-Leslie Pelecovich, Stamford, Connecticut

 

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Posted on Jul 17th, 2009 in tips & tricks, tips

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