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Quarter 1/4" Foot Comparison

Last month we received a question about the various quarter-inch feet that we carry.  I had been wanting to do a comparison video for quite some time so I quickly made this impromptu video tutorial (far below) showing the 1/4" Foot, Spring Hinged 1/4" Foot, Patchwork 1/4" Foot, Open Toe 1/4" Foot and 1/4" Little Foot.  It was taken using my mobile phone so I could quickly answer a question for a customer on Facebook so next time (because I simply must do a next time...) I will make sure the thread is a darker color for easier viewing.  In the meantime and until I get that re-do "round tuit", this should hopefully give you a better idea of the differences.  If you have any questions, whatsoever, do not hesitate to comment below or send us a message through our contact us page.  I have used all of these and depending on the project have found that they each have their own benefit and function.  There really isn't one that's better than another because it depends on your project and how you prefer to piece.  Also, make sure to do a test swatch to assure an accurate measurement for the finished block.

Here they are in order of popularity --


1/4" Foot = Scant quarter-inch foot with a black guide


Open Toe 1/4" Foot = Scant quarter-inch foot without the guide, but with an open viewing space, perfect for paper piecing and half-square triangles.

Patchwork 1/4" Foot
= True quarter-inch foot without the black guide on the 1/4" edge, but with a guide-bar for stitching equidistant quilting lines.  I, personally, use it without the bar for a true 1/4" seam.

Spring Hinged 1/4" Foot
= Closer to a scant 1/4" foot and attaches to the presser bar in the same manner a the original presser foot that was originally included with the Singer Featherweight. 

1/4" Little Foot
= Scant 1/4" foot without the guide, but clear plastic for easier viewing.  Great for paper piecing, half-square triangles, etc.

 

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7 comments


  • Hi, Pat! Very good question — yes, most of the feet are available for the slant-shank 301. Just be sure to select that option (slant shank) from the drop-down menu on each item page. If slant shank is not listed, then it isn’t manufactured in that style, unfortunately. Thanks for asking!

    April Henry on

  • Does any of these feet fit a 301 or just the 221. Thank you so much. Pat

    Pat Todorich on

  • Thank you so much for this wonderful demo on the different ¼" feet! Now to decide.

    DEbbi BAcot on

  • A very nice video but may I suggest using a dark contrasting thread when you do this in the future.

    Nancy Drew on

  • Great video, April. Thanks for the clarification. I do have a question, though. What about getting a quarter inch using the gauge presser feet?

    Mary on


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