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Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet #STSEAMGUIDE-RED
- not so easy Review by Sarah
If this notion can be placed perfectly, it's a great design. The major design flaw is that it's difficult to place and pretty much needs to be eye-balled. The little piece of plastic is difficult to cut out, must be saved somewhere, doesn't lock back into place, and doesn't hold steady when I try to put the guide back on my machine after having it off. I could probably just as easily measure and use painters tape on my machine.
(Posted on 11/7/16)
- Sew Easy Seam Guide Review by Patricia
This seam guide does perform well once you get it attached to the machine. Unfortunately it has a few drawbacks that are a problem.
It comes with double sided adhesive dots that measure 1 inch (2.5mm) in diameter. The large size assures that your guide will not slip while you are sewing, but it also assures that the dots cover the throat plate on the machine. This means you have to remove the dots to clean lint on a regular basis which is necessary to keep the machine functioning properly. (I may try to cut the dots into a smaller size and put 2 smaller dots outside the throat plate instead. Or perhaps a roll of double sided tape from the office supply store?)
Next problem is that it is quite difficult to cut out the little square in the center because the plastic is so thick. (The plastic extends out nicely from the arm of the machine if positioned correctly, so I assume that's why thick plastic was used.) I used an Xacto knife to cut out the center square, but even with that, the edges were left quite jagged. When I started piecing on this ragged surface, the rough surface caught the fabric as it moved through. For this, I raided my husband's stash of sandpaper. This smoothed the edges so that the fabric fed well...but it also rubbed off the lines that were printed around the opening. The lines further out were not affected, of course, so it is still somewhat usable.
Since the plastic is so thick, I think it would have been easier if the manufacturer had machine stamped out the center plastic square, providing the same product in two pieces, like a jigsaw puzzle. It would have fit nicely for positioning, it would have had smooth edges, and it would not have lost the lines around the opening.
The bottom line is that this item works well once you rig it, but I'm not sure it's worth the hassle of getting there.
(Posted on 3/12/16)
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