This week we’re exploring the new PFAFF creative icon while making a colorful and bright table runner. Did you get all the fabric pieces required for making the colorful table runner? My best advice to ensure precise piecing is to know where to sew ¼” seam allowance with your sewing foot.
It was a breeze to find the precise ¼” on the PFAFF creative icon as it has a ¼” Quilting Foot and the distance from the needle to the outer edge of the right toe is a precise ¼”. The hole in the center of the foot indicates where the needle will go through and therefore create the seam.
As I always do prior to starting a project, I tested to ensure I had ¼” by sewing a test piece and measuring my seam allowance. Ideally you want to have the seam allowance a hairline within the ¼”. If you need more details, you can check my blog post here.
Tools to help you with precise piecing
The creative icon did not disappoint as my seam allowance was right on at my very first try. I must admit that I did place the straight stich needle plate on the machine, which is part of the accessories included with the machine. The smaller hole in the Straight Stitch Needle Plate supports the fabric closer to the needle and helps prevent the fabric from being pulled down into the bobbin area, especially at the beginning and end of a seam.
What is also nice is that the ¼” foot is designed to be used with the integrated dual feed system which means that your top and bottom fabrics are being fed through at the same time, preventing your layers from shifting while sewing and ensuring a precise piecing.
Piecing the table runner
Now let’s test that precise seam by sewing some strips together, shall we?
Take a background strip and cut two 8” strips.
Stitch the two background strips to your medium dark B1 strip.
Cut to make three 2½” x 6½” rectangles.
From your dark A1 strip, cut four 2½” squares.
From a background strip, cut four 2½” x 4½” rectangles.
Sew your dark square at the edge of your background rectangle.
Repeat to make four 2½” x 6½” rectangles.
For the center block:
Sew two units of Step 2 on each side of a Step 1 unit.
Ensure that the dark fabric A2 on Step 2 units is placed on alternate sides.
Makes one 6½” block.
For the outer blocks:
From a background strip, cut two 2½” x 6½” rectangles.
Sew one rectangle and Step 2 units on each side of Step 1 unit.
Repeat to make two 6½” block.
Sew 2 light strips (D1 and D2) to a medium C1 strip.
Cut to make six 2½” x 6½” rectangles.
Sew 2 units on alternate sides of Step 3 blocks.
Makes three 6½” x 10½” rectangles (one center block and two end blocks).
Sew two light strips (D3 and D4) between three medium strips (C2, C3, C4).
Cut to make six 2½” x 10½” rectangles.
Sew 2 units on alternate sides of Step 3 blocks
Makes three 10½” squares (one center block and two outer blocks)
Congratulations, your first part of the table runner is ready!
Ensure that you measure each step to help you adjust and obtain your precise piecing.
Follow along tomorrow to continue this fun project using the PFAFF creative icon.