Because I am slightly nuts, I started off with a fairly complicated block. No wonder I let piecing intimidate me. Plus I was cutting out all my pieces and I read: X-5/16. Sixteenths? Do I have a ruler that goes down to 1/16th markings? No. So I eyeballed it. But it came out pretty well, though not perfect.
I say it's good enough for me. Then I moved to a slightly simpler block and that came out good enough too.
I bought the Janome Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set for my Janome 8200 and it's great. Like the regular 1/4 inch piecing foot, it has a guide for the edge of the fabric. But it is removable. I used it, but I know some quilters prefer to use the foot as the guide, not the 'fence'. Plus without the fence you can use it for sewing down the line for half square triangle blocks. As the name implies, the foot is clear so you can see how the patches are feeding under the machine. The foot is also marked with 1/8 inch lines along and across the foot for better piecing and turning. Twice I marked the seam allowance with where I wanted to stitch so my points wouldn't float or get chopped off as the point in question wasn't quite at 1/4 inch from the edge.
So my questions for you dear readers are: 1) What's your favorite way to make just a few half square triangles? (Not the two strips sewn together and then cut into finished half square triangle blocks) Do you mark just the center line, center and sewing lines? Do you use the paper guides/tape for marking them? 2) What line of rotary rulers has 1/16 inch marks? Or do you eyeball a sixteenth?
Here's your chance to teach me!