New, Multi-Function Quilting Tool is First to Take Guesswork out of Scant Quarter Inch Seam Allowances

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The new Prep-Tool by Guidelines4Quilting practically aligns itself to the fabric's edge for consistently accurate scant quarter inch seam allowances. The built-in point trimmer also self-aligns to accurately trim the points of any size triangle or diamond.

Guidelines4Quilting,, a new designer and manufacturer of sewing and quilting notions, today launched the Prep-Tool™. It's the first tool for quilters that takes the guesswork out of scant quarter inch seam allowances. The secret lies in its Fabric Guides that form raised lips on one side of the Prep-Tool. Simply slide the lip edges up to the edge of the fabric, and the other side can be used to measure or mark consistently accurate scant quarter inch seam allowances.

"We are very excited to offer our customers such an easy to use and effective new product in our new Guidelines™ brand of quilting tools," said a Guidelines4Quilting spokesperson. "Frankly, with sewing accurate scant quarter inch seam allowances being so fundamental to successful quilting, we were surprised that most quilters just eyeball it using a ruler. When you're talking about a distance that is just one thread width shy of a quarter inch, there had to be a better way than looking through an eighth inch of plastic and lining up somewhere near a printed line."

Guidelines4Quilting was determined to eliminate the eyestrain and tiresome little adjustments needed with other methods, and the raised lip edges on the Prep-Tool do just that.

Because the scant quarter inch is so basic to successful quilting, there are many other uses for the Prep-Tool such as accurately aligning a seam gauge on a sewing machine. It can also be used to mark seam intersections that make sewing set-in seams and lining up off set pieces much easier. "Try Googling set-in-seams," suggested the Guidelines4Quilting spokesperson. "The number one response you'll find is how to avoid doing them. The Prep-Tool makes it so easy that quilters won't have to avoid popular designs like tumbling blocks and many star patterns."

The Prep-Tool also includes a built-in point trimmer. Pretrimming points off triangles and 45-degree diamonds makes pieces easier to align and reduces bulk and show-through in a finished quilt. The raised Fabric Guides on the Point Trimmer form a 45 degree angle that aligns to points on triangles or diamonds.

In a nutshell, the Prep-Tool is designed to ensure accurate alignment and seam allowances before sewing. Little variations get magnified as pieces are sewn together into bigger units and blocks. "Quilters are keenly aware how important it is to ensure accuracy in alignment and piecing from the get-go," stated the spokesperson. "Aligning and sewing pieces accurately from the start can save them from redoing units, blocks or even entire quilts."

Made of super tough, crystal clear polycarbonate, the Prep-Tool is virtually unbreakable and comes with lifetime replacement guarantee.

You can learn more about or purchase the Prep-Tool on Guidelines4Quilting's web site, Wholesale pricing is available for independent retailers and qualified quilt instructors. Guidelines4Quilting also welcomes distributor inquiries.

About Guidelines4Quilting:

Previous products designed and manufactured by Guidelines4Quilting include O'Weights™ pattern weights and accessories for quilting rulers that were sold and marketed through other channels. Guidelines4Quilting recently started directly marketing and selling its new product line under the Guidelines™ brand name.


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