Try these five easy fixes to improve your patchwork.
1. Shorten your stitch length to 2.0 mm, or about 13 stitches per inch. The default stitch length on computerized machines is usually too long for piecing. Learn more about stitch length.
2. Instead of focusing on the width of your quarter-inch seam allowance, focus on the finished size of your patches, which is what really matters. Learn more about piecing accurately.
3. Use a presser foot with visibility. Check with your sewing machine dealer to see all the options. If you sew on an older machine, there may be add-ons from other brands that will fit.
4. Keep your rotary cutter blade sharp. If you’re missing threads, it’s time to change. Keep the cost down by buying multi-packs. Some people report good luck with rotary carpet blades from places like Harbor Freight.
5. Use only one brand of ruler. Using several different brands of rulers means decreased accuracy because their cuts can vary.