We’ve decided to start including a product review each month and to begin, we have the Collins Machine Seam Gauge & Adhesive Guide. Note that this is a totally independent review. We have not been contacted by the company nor were we given this product to review for free. We purchased this ourselves.
What is the Collins Machine Seam Gauge & Adhesive Guide?
The Collins Machine Seam Gauge is a ruler that enables you to measure and set the seam allowance on your sewing machine. It includes a ruler and a padded adhesive and you use those to create the perfect seam. I love it as it has made a BIG difference in the accuracy of my sewing particularly when it comes to sewing quilt blocks.
How do you use the Collins Seam Guide?
In order to use the machine gauge, you simply pop the ruler under your sewing machine foot. The ruler has holes that align with the measurements on the ruler. Just bring your needle down slowly until it goes through the ¼” hole on the ruler.
Ensure the ruler is straight. You can line it up parallel with a line on your sewing machine’s plate. Drop the foot so that it locks the ruler in place
Remove the adhesive backing from the adhesive guide and butt it up against the ruler. Push down so that it sticks to your machine. It is repositionable so you move it if need be. If it does lose its stickiness, simply use double-sided tape.
Lift your foot and bring the needle up. You can now remove the ruler and you are left with the guide on your machine.
If you find that the guide covers your feed dogs just do what I did and move the needle over. Check your machine guide on how to do this. Once the needle has been moved, repeat the steps above to set up the seam guide.
Once everything is in place, you can begin to sew. The fabric butts up against the guide and you end up with a perfect quarter inch seam.
Where Can You Buy the Collins Seam Gauge?
You can buy this seam gauge from Amazon.