Have you forgotten that you have this tool in your foot box?? Perhaps? perhaps not?

The JANOME RIBBON/SEQUIN FOOT  is available for 7mm (Part# 200332000) and 9mm machines (Part # 202090009). This foot is VERY handy when you wish to sew down ribbon or strings of sequins.   With Grad coming up real soon, I thought it might be a great idea to remind folk out there who might be sewing up a storm that it is SO easy to add impact & bling with sequins to that special grad dress………or evening wear…..or bridesmaids dress……or Halloween costume………..or whatever you can dream up!

These tips come courtesy of the LOVE SEWING NEWSLETTER published by Denise Wild who is a Janome dealer in Toronto, Canada.

  1. Be sure that your sequins are all facing one direction and that your presser foot will travel in that same direction over the strand. Think of your sequins as shiny dominoes that have all fallen over in one direction.
  2. Do NOT use a ball point needle as this will not pierce the sequins cleanly. Use a sharp, new needle such as a Universal needle or Janome red tip needle.  Needles will dull quickly when working with/sewing through sequins so do be sure to change your needle more often than you usually do – you do change needles regularly, right??!
  3. Use an invisible or monofilament thread in the needle as it is the sparkly sequins which you want to be the focus – not your stitching.
  4. If you think you might wobble a bit as you sew and leave a wiggly line of sequins (which may not be pretty), think ahead and mark your fabric first and sew along this marked line; OR attach the sequins with basting or pins. My preferred method would be to use  Wonder Tape which is a great  fusible tape that you just stick down, peel off the paper & then stick the string of sequins down on top of the sticky part of the tape. There are SO many uses for Wonder tape. The wonder tape washes away later so will not stay permanently. It is not like other fusibles which have to be ironed to activate the glue. You would not want to iron sequins(!) hence me suggesting this would be a good use for wonder tape.
  5. To attach the sequin trim, use a long zig-zag stitch to SLOWLY sew down the center of your trim. If the trim is over 1/2 inch wide, secure it with a line of stitching on each edge of the trim.
  6. Ribbons & braids may be applied to projects in exactly the same way as the sequin trim in the pics below.
sequin trim sewed down onto white fabric

sequin trim sewed down onto white fabric

Sequin trim is feeding through the guide & goes under the foot to be sewed down with invisible thread and a zig-zag stitch.
Sequin trim is feeding through the guide & goes under the foot to be sewed down with invisible thread and a zig-zag stitch.

OH by the way: do not get confused like I did by not reading the instructions that are INSIDE THE BLISTER PACK  which opens like a book: I thought maybe my fingers were just not strong enough to turn the screw on the foot. It was stuck tight……..OOPS! It is NOT supposed to be turned – says so on the blister pack instructions which I would have known if I had bothered to read them! I have scanned that (below) so you can see there are actually 4 different ways to guide ribbons, braids & trims through this foot.


About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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  1. maj says:

    Liz, as I have said many times without you I would be lost. I have a very important question. One that I have addressed to Janome Customer Service on numerous occasions. Perhaps you can lead me to the right source. How do I let the powers that be at Janome that they need a manual that is informative and useful? Like all the other sewing machine companies have? With updates as the new feet and attachments come to market?

    I am tired of having my wonderful 7700 sit idle while I go searching Bernina, Pfaff, etc. to find out how to….



    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Maj,
      I disagree with you about the manual. I think they are actually very good with clear & concise information about the machine. However, the purpose of the manual is to instruct how to use a specific machine model – and are not written with information about all the optional accessories & feet with are available for that + other models. That information is available on and under Accessories + on this blog. The first website has pics and part #’s as well as video’s for many of the accessories and feet. There are probably 100’s, maybe 1000’s, of optional accessories which are listed and explained. This volume of information would not be found in any instruction manual for a specific machine.
      We used to have an printed accessory catalogue (mainly for dealer use) but that is now a little out of date but I do understand they are working on a new one. I cannot give you a time line on this but I do know it is coming. Please be patient and watch this blog as I will most assuredly let everyone know once it is available. Not sure if it will be a printed booklet/binder or downloadable online or both. But when I know, I will relay the information.
      Both websites above + this blog do inform you of new feet & accessories so be sure you are signed up for all the email alerts.
      I live & work in Canada but do subscribe to the Janome America alerts and enjoy getting those as they are packed chock full of valuable and new information.
      Janome Canada.


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