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Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Seamingly Accurate" Seam Guide from QuiltWoman.Com


Today we have two exciting things to share with you!  First of all, CKC was featured on QuiltWoman.Com's blog where they did a fabulous "Designer Spotlight" interview with Shannon and Tiffany about how Create Kids Couture came to be. It's exciting to see how far CKC has come in just a few years' time! We really appreciate QuiltWoman.Com for spotlighting Create Kids Couture and we know you will enjoy taking the time to read it over on their blog.   




Aside from their helpful blog, QuiltWoman.Com has a lot of great products and free patterns to offer for quilters and seamstresses. A few weeks ago I came across the Seamingly Accurate seam guide on their website and I knew I had to try it out! I thought it would be a fun product to do a review on and they were happy to oblige, so here we go!

Basically, the Seamingly Accurate seam guide is a large sticker you put directly onto your sewing machine to help you keep your seams straight as you sew. The concept isn't entirely new -- I'm sure many of us have used tape or marker on our machines to mark an often-used measurement.  But what I love about this seam guide is that it is exact, it looks nice, it has a LOT of lines marked, and it is easy to install. Much easier than making a new mark for every project! Let's take a closer look. 


First of all, the seam guide says that it is re-positional, which I imagined to be an acrylic cling sticker like you find on new sunglasses.  But no, it is actually a paper sticker that you peel back, as you can see in the photo above.  I can still vouch for it being removable though, since I was curious and peeled mine up after applying it the first time. (I couldn't resist.)  It didn't leave any gummy-ness behind but it is still a paper sticker so I don't think you'll want to move it around too many times. That's not really a problem though, because it's easy to get lined up right the first time. 



After peeling the sticker off the backing I just lined it up on my machine with the "Needle Line" pointing straight at my needle. I looked at the edge of my needle plate to make sure it was going on straight.  


Next is the fun part! I used a sharp knife to cut around the plate and then peeled back that part of the sticker. (The instructions say to use a craft knife but I couldn't find my X-acto so I used a steak knife from the kitchen. Shhh.)  



If you have a removable storage compartment on your machine like I do, you can also make a cut along that edge so the compartment still slides easily on and off without disturbing the seam guide. I love that!  



And that's it.  Your Seamingly Accurate seam guide is all ready to go!  Now the next time you need to shirr in even increments or sew with a large seam allowance, you'll be able to do it without guessing or marking/gumming up the surface of your machine! (And for those who already have a bunch of marks, here's your chance to start fresh!) 

The one thing I am going to add to my seam guide is an extra line for 3/8" since that's what most of our CKC patterns are sewn at. That will be super easy to do.  I am definitely a big fan of the seam guide and I know you won't regret picking one up at QuiltWoman.Com today -- and don't forget to browse for other supplies etc. while you're there! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen

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