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Quarter 1/4 Inch Foot Comparison
by April Henry
We often receive questions about the various quarter-inch feet that we carry. I had been wanting to do a comparison video for quite some time so I made this video tutorial showing the Scant 1/4" Foot, True 1/4" Foot, Spring Hinged 1/4" Foot, Patchwork 1/4" Foot, Open Toe 1/4" Foot and 1/4" Little Foot. I have used all of these at various times 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 --
SCANT 1/4" Foot = Scant quarter-inch foot with a black guide
Open Toe SCANT 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 = 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 TRUE = Closer to a true 1/4" foot and attaches to the presser bar in the same manner as the original presser foot that was originally included with the Singer Featherweight.
1/4" Little Foot SCANT = Scant 1/4" foot without the guide, but clear plastic for easier viewing. Great for paper piecing, half-square triangles, etc.
TRUE 1/4" Foot = True 1/4" foot with the black guide on the side and cross lines for matching cross seams.