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The Quarter Inch Presser Foot

The all important quarter inch foot

Part 1 of 7 How to Make a Small Quilt

When using this foot, activate the needle down function of your machine. This way whenever you pause or stop, the needle always stops in the down position.


The quarter inch presser foot has two sides on either side of the needle (of course). Each side is inch wide. Mine also has an inside depressed area to the right of center that is 1/8 inch wide that I use.



As you sew keep the fabric flush with the edge of the foot to make the seam inch wide.

In this example I’m keeping the edge of the foot flush with the blue border.




Wing Needle Lily

Also this foot has markings on the top indicating inch in front of the needle and another one indicating the exact location of the needle.

Along the side are the same two marks plus a third mark indicating inch behind the needle. The mark behind the needle is the perfect companion when you are just starting at a corner. It shows you exactly where to start.

In this example I’m starting inch from the edge of the top blue border according to this mark


The front mark shows you where to stop or pivot.

In this example I’ve sewn down to the next border and stopped exactly at the front mark indicating the needle is inch from the edge of the next border. Time to stop and pivot.

After pivoting the needle and presser foot remain inch away from the edge of the blue border.


It is also the perfect companion when sewing miters on the quilt binding and echo quilting. I will not be covering echo quilting or quilt binding here.

Mary Jane Hardanger Angel

This is what quarter inch quilting looks like on the front side. Also notice the 1/8-inch stitching along the edge of the quilt. I used the center depressed area of the foot to sew this line


This is what quarter inch quilting looks like on the backside.



Continue with this tutorial in this order:

  1. How to Make a Quilt Top
  2. Layering a Quilt
  3. How to Quilt a Quilt
  4. How to Make a Quilt Label
  5. Quilt Sleeve
  6. Laura’s affordable Method of Hanging a Quilt





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