Even though I have a 1/4" presser foot, I still like a guide further down on the table so I can chain piece faster.
So I saw this on my husband's work bench. We needed to buy some to seal up the back door from drafts. We have 2 sizes, one wide and thick and one narrow and thin. For this Tool Time, I used the narrow thin kind. It's 3/8" wide and 5/16" tall.
This package came with 2 rolls with a total of 20 feet for $3.00. I don't know about your sewing machine, but mine only needed about 6 inches, so when you buy a package, share it with a sewing friend!!! You can find this in any hardware store.
The tape is sticky on one side and is black. The white paper is on there so it won't stick to itself on the roll.
The first step is to take off old tape...urrrgh....I wanted to cry!!
but Goof Off to the rescue. I love this stuff. Test it first if you haven't used it before. It removes every sticky thing you can think of.
See...nice and clean. (those marks on the bottom of the picture are scratches on the plastic)
Cut the piece of foam insulation to your desired length,
peel off the white paper...the foam is really sticky.
Place straight edged ruler to where your 1/4" seam allowance is ( or any seam allowance measurement),
I squared the top of the ruler with the throat plate of the machine so it would be perpendicular and straight all the way down.
Line up the foam strip with the straight edge of the ruler and stick it in place.
Now you are all set for a nice 1/4" seam guide all the way down your table top. This picture looks a little wonky, but it's where I squeezed the foam.
This is the perfect thickness for guiding the fabric next to.
Sew a test piece first and measure for an accurate 1/4" seam allowance before you begin to sew a project. Hope this helps and just a FYI...there is a little sticky residue from this, but not as bad as the tape that you saw above. We had 2 different brands of this tape and this thin one left a little when I lifted it up, but the other didn't leave anything. In fact, it was very easy to reposition it over and over for different seam sizes. Just give it a try, but test it first.
Thought I would leave you with a few pictures of the blizzard that hit us this past weekend in southern New England. This measurement of 18" was in the middle of the storm, so I think we ended up with a little more.
This is my favorite picture. The dark car is the front of my husband's Jeep and the little spot of gray and the antenna is my Honda van completely buried.
This was the next day when the sun came out, but boy was it freezing!!
Pretty big snow drifts.
and it even blew up onto the porch. Added the right amount of snow to make it pretty. Those greens in the bucket is another tip with what to do with the branches from an old artificial Christmas tree.