The seam allowance guides uides on your sewing machince provide one of teh crucial elements for sewing the prefct seam. Whiel as a sewing beginner, you may feel intimidated by following these guides accurately in the stitching process, as you become more advanced, you will begin to heavily rely on these essential seam guides .
The machines seam allowance guides are located on the right side of the needle providing a group of straight lines, each positioned at a specific distance from the needle point. Depending on your sewing machine, these seam allowance lines can be Distributed at 1/4” increments (shown above) or a narrower distribution at 1/8”. Keep in mind that not all sewing machines will have each line marked with the appropriate seam allowance width as shown with the industrial sewing machine above. Many home sewing machines have the individual lines but the distance is not displayed next to each line. In this case, you can measure from the needle point to the appropriate line corresponding to your required seam allowance- this line can then be followed in stitching process.
the sole purpose of your machines seam allowance guides is to help you sew any seam at the appropriate seam allowance without having to transfer or draw your seam lines (stitch lines) directly on the fabric. The fabric edges should align with the appropriate guide at all times as you stitch the seam-some coordination, that usually comes with experience, is needed. If you follow the seam allowance guides accurately throughout, the seam stitch should be even, smooth and equally distributed from the fabric edges.