Free Motion Feet for All

Whenever I visit our stores and mention freemotion, it strikes fear in the hearts of many a quilter. Freemotion is like anything new, practice, practice, practice, read back in Liz’s blog for information online. And have the right tools!
I always like to demonstrate the different feet for freemotion that are available. The one that has been around since the beginning of Janome is the P2 foot. It has various names, Darning, Pogo, Spring, Quilting and Stippling foot. Its available with a highshank for the 6600, 7700, 95/9700, 10001 and 11000 for example. And low shank machines, which would be all the rest! If you’re not sure ask us or your Janome dealer.

P2 feet. Left one is the low shank, open toe, to the right is the high shank, closed toe. See the bar that sits on the needle screw

P2 feet. Left one is the low shank, open toe, to the right is the high shank, closed toe. See the bar that sits on the needle screw

You have a choice of an open toe or a closed toe. Which one you use, depends on what you’re working on. I choose the closed toe when working with a quilt that has lots of seams or a project that has things sticking up, like netting, lace or applique. You wouldn’t want the foot catch! The open toe of anything is a favourite of quilters, so its easier to see where you are going. The P2 foot has a bar that sits on the needle screw and as the needle goes down into your fabric, the presser foot goes down, holds the fabric, then ‘springs’ back up again when the needle comes up. With this foot there is no need to adjust of the foot height, just remember to put the presser foot down, unless you have a machine that beeps at you and won’t go with the presser foot up.

The newest freemotion foot comes as a convertible freemotion set. It consists of a foot holder and 3 ‘feet’. An open toe, closed toe and a clearview foot. Its available for high and low shank machines as well. The clearview foot, is perfect for echo quilting as it has lines, 1/4″ apart to help follow previous lines of stitching. It has a large base to really help flatten down seams and ‘bits’ before you get there.

Freemotion convertible feet set

Freemotion convertible feet set

And you can use a zigzag stitch as well with this foot. With this set, it is necessary and important to adjust the height of the foot in relation to your fabric as the foot does not spring up and down. Lower the presser bar and using the adjustable round nut on the right side of the foot, lower the presser foot right down to your fabric till its just grazing your fabric. I like to lower the foot until it squishes the fabric and then raise it up just until I am able to move the fabric underneath. If the presser foot is too high the thread will shred and eventually break!

I have been doing more free motion, since being introduced to Leah Day, 365 days of quilting. I love watching her videos and she has a great voice to listen to. She puts it all into prospective quilting an entire quilt, one block at a time.

Get out some of your stash, create a quilt sandwich and play. I also heard that a glass of wine and some chocolate help as well.

Happy stitching,
Linda P.

PS  While I was preparing this blog, I had visitors. Lincoln loved the Memory Craft 12000. Had to share, very cute!

Loving this machine!

Loving this machine!

Wow looks how big it is in there!

Wow looks how big it is in there!

About LindaP

Educational Consultant for Janome Canada Ltd.
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14 Responses to Free Motion Feet for All

  1. rekha says:

    hi.bought janome8900 and tried free motion quilting since i was newbie to quilt it was not so good but noe i see video of free motion with rulars does 8900 have option of rular feet.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Rekha,
      Thank you for your input. The Mc8900 isa great machine for free motion quilting with that wonderful Convertible free motion foot set INCLUDED with the machine. Free motion is a technique that is mastered with lots of practice. Have fun and enjoy your play time at your machine. I suggest you practice on scrap sandwiches until you gain confidence and wish to start using this technique on your quilts. It is actually much easier and quicker so do persevere!

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  2. Liz says:

    Would the blue bobbin case work for the janome dc2012?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Liz
      I am not familiar with the DC2012 model. Is it a top load bobbin machine? If so, yes we have a blue dot bobbin case for your model. Please see your local Janome dealer who will be able to assist you further.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  3. Val says:

    I am using the blue dot bobbin with my Janome 15000, but I am still getting loopy bottom thread. Could there be another issue I should check

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    • janomecanada says:

      Hi Val-
      Although we all want to resist the possibility that we could have mis-threaded our machine, this happens to most of us at one time or another. I would double check that the upper thread is properly seated in the take up lever – as this is often the culprit with looping threads. Fine tuning tension might be another option. Every sewing situation is unique, between the user, thread, fabric and stitch choice. These little check points are common sources for adjustment.
      Deb

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  4. aparanamtole says:

    in this we need to lower the speed of the machine because in my machine there is no speed control button so what i have to do

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi,
      You don’t say what Janome model you have. This foot only fits HIGH shank Janome & Elna machine models. I am almost 100% sure ALL these models have a speed control button. Please check with your local Janome dealer but it may be that this Free Motion couching foot will not fit your machine.
      Liz
      JANOME CANADA.

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  5. Sandy says:

    I’m so glad I found this posting Liz. I tried FMQ on my MC12000 and noticed the loose bottom thread tension. Nothing I did with adjusting the tension worked. I guess I will have to buy the blue dot bobbin case to see if that corrects the problem. Thanks for your help as usual.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Sandy,

      If you have an issue with loose bottom /bobbin thread, I doubt the blue dot bobbin case will help you as that is set with a LOWER tension so will just make the threads looser. However, I am not sure exactly what you mean by loose bottom thread: Do you mean the looping stitches that form on the back when you free motion sharp curves etc? I call these the free motion “loopey loo’s”. If so, then YES the blue dot bobbin case will solve the problem. This is not actually loose bobbin thread but is in fact the top thread being pulled to the back/bottom because the bobbin tension is too high. So the blue dot bobbin case fixes that.
      Let me know if I am not correct in my assumption about what you mean.
      I can perhaps then suggest other possible options to help you.
      Liz
      Janome Canada

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  6. tstolich says:

    Does this new free motion set work on the 12000?

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    • LindaP says:

      Thanks for your question! The MC12000 is a little different. Instead, the same free motion feet I mention, are snap on! To adjust the height according to your fabric, you go into Set Mode. The P2 foot also comes as standard!
      Happy Sewing!
      Linda P.

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  7. Chantal Norberg says:

    Hi! I have a new Janome 8900 and was wondering if I would need to buy the blue dot bobbin for fmq or if the auto tension takes care of that? Sorry, this is in your reply box as I didn’t know where to post a question.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Chantal,

      We recommend the blue dot bobbin case for ALL free motion quilting so yes, I would suggest you get one.

      The auto tension setting would not assist you to avoid the looping underneath (I call them loopey-loo’s) when you do free motion as auto tension is just a mid range tension setting not specifically for free motion quilting. It is auto for most regular sewing. However, when you use specialty fabrics & threads and/or a range of specialty sewing techniques (such as free motion quilting) you would be advised to make adjustments to machine settings and/or use accessories we recommend for specific purposes.

      As regards free motion quilting: you could increase the needle thread tension but there comes a point where this might be too high and the thread will snap & break – especially if you are not an experienced free motion quilter so your jerky movements may cause additional strain on the thread & you will get breaks. We highly recommend you purchase the blue dot bobbin case which has a LOWER tension than the red dot bobbin case (which comes standard with the machine). This allows the bobbin thread to flow more freely from the bobbin case without having to make any top thread adjustments. It greatly improves the perfection we strive for with our free motion quilting.

      The blue dot bobbin case does not come standard with any of our machines so do ask your local Janome dealer to order you one. Your dealer may well have one in stock as these accessories are very popular. The part # you require for your MC8900 is Part# 200445007. You will be very pleased with the results you will get when you use it.

      Please also do a search for blue dot bobbin case or quilters bobbin case in the search box on this blog home page and you will find more information that I have previously published about this accessory.

      ENJOY free motion quilting with our accessories!
      Liz Thompson
      Janome Canada.

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