ATTENTION ALL QUILTERS: SEWING 1/4 INCH SEAMS WITH JANOME

We have literally SO many options for quilters with all our various JANOME sewing & quilting machines and applicable accessories so I thought I would offer a review of most of  these options. We have several different quilting feet or to be specific, the JANOME 1/4 inch feet for you to use. One or more of these may well have come packed standard with your particular machine model when you purchased it. Other options are available as optional accessories.

  • CLIP-ON METAL 1/4 INCH FOOT  This foot is packed at part of the accessory feet package in many of our machines (not all, but quite a few  have this as a standard accessory) Please check with your local JANOME dealer to see which metal 1/4 inch foot O is applicable for your machine.  We have a number of slightly different ones : only difference being the specific model you have Eg  Is your model a 7mm or 9mm machine? Is your machine a front load bobbin machine or a top load bobbin machine? ……the answers to these questions determine the correct foot for your machine.  The feet look almost the same & certainly do the same thing but you do need to have the correct one for YOUR machine model to get optimum results. I refer you to this link for video’s about this Janome O foot
JANOME 1/4 INCH FOOT FOR 7MM
JANOME 1/4 INCH FOOT FOR 7MM MACHINES
  • CLEARVIEW QUILTING FOOT & GUIDE SET  This foot is available for both 7mm and 9mm JANOME machine models so do be sure you purchase the correct one. It is a clear foot with red markings for a number of great applications (including 1/8 inch seams & miniature quilts) and comes with 2 little metal guides which you can alternate: one is the 1/4 inch guide which fits onto the foot down the right side. The other guide fits down the center of the foot for DITCH quilting. Very cool!  I have heard many customers tell me that they actually prefer to sew their 1/4 inch seams without the guide so if you have this foot, you can do so very easily – just do not attach the guide.  The pic below shows the 9mm version but the 7mm is also available for those machines.Use this link for video’s about this foot set.
CLEARVIEW FOOT SHOWING 1.4 INCH GUDE ATTACHED. DITCH GUIDE LAYS NEXT TO THE FOOT

CLEARVIEW FOOT SHOWING 1/4 INCH GUDE ATTACHED. DITCH GUIDE LAYS NEXT TO THE FOOT

  • ACUFEED 1/4 INCH FOOT  This foot is compatible with the JANOME MC6600P AND HORIZON MC7700 only. The foot is attached to the machine & the built-in dual upper feed dogs are then engaged into the foot. VERY effective in feeding fabric and an invaluable tool for these JANOME  machine models. The foot is available with or without the straight stitch needle plate. Check with your local JANOME dealer for more information.
  • Acufeed quarter inch 2ACUFEED FLEX 1/4 INCH FOOT
    This foot is compatible with all our JANOME machine models which have the ACUFEED FLEX  system – this is currently the MC12000; MC8900; MC8200. With this system the upper feed dogs are part of the foot so once attached to the machine, you are set to go quilting!  Check with your local JANOME  dealer as to whether your specific model listed just above has this 1/4 inch foot attachment as a standard accessory or whether it is an optional accessory. Either way….you will want to use this most useful tool! Acufeed flex quarter inch foot
  • ACUFEED FLEX ZIPPER FOOT ED AND JANOME CLOTH GUIDE. Now there is yet another option which many quilters are finding they really like to do their 1/4 inch seams. Just don’t ever let it be said that we don’t give you lots of choices!  This applies to ACUFEED FLEX models. With this method you will first attach the straight stitch plate on the machine. Then attach the SINGLE PRONG or narrow ACUFEED FLEX foot to the machine & clip on the ACUFEED ZIPPER FOOT ED. This has a hole right in the center of the foot and the space between the center needle position & the right hand side edge of the ED foot is just under 1/4 inch. So it is simply perfect for all those quilters who like to sew SCANT 1/4 seams! Just ride the fabric along the right hand side edge of the foot & there you are.
ACUFEED ZIPPER FOOT ED WITH CLOTH GUIDE SET FOR 1/4 INCH SEAM

ACUFEED ZIPPER FOOT ED WITH CLOTH GUIDE SET FOR 1/4 INCH SEAM

However, I have more to tell you: if you attach the JANOME CLOTH GUIDE to the free arm of the machine and align that at 1/4 inch or just a little left of that for a scant 1/4 inch, then you will have a handy dandy tool to line up your fabric and achieve a seam width exactly the size you require. Couldn’t be better, could it?? Some folk stick masking or painter’s tape to the bed of the machine to line up fabric for specific seams. Others stick those little strips of brightly coloured plastic to guide them. We don’t need to do this when we have the JANOME CLOTH GUIDE. Sometimes I think we just need to be reminded about the tools that come with the machine or ones which we purchased and put in a drawer & promptly forgot we had!!

ACUFEED FLEX ZIPPER FOOT ED

ACUFEED FLEX ZIPPER FOOT ED: CAN ALSO  USE FOR 1/4 INCH SEAMS!!

CLOSE UP SHOT SHOWING THE ED ZIPPER FOOT & CLOTH GUIDE IN ACTION

CLOSE UP SHOT SHOWING THE ED ZIPPER FOOT & CLOTH GUIDE IN ACTION

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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31 Responses to ATTENTION ALL QUILTERS: SEWING 1/4 INCH SEAMS WITH JANOME

  1. Mary Westgate says:

    How do I move the needle?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Mary,

      You don’t mention the Janome machine model but most of our machines allow moving the needle position while a straight stitch is selected. Just use the stitch width adjustment button or icon to move to the left or right.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  2. Gail says:

    I have yet to use my Janome cloth guide….it is backwards ,compared to your picture, with the sloping plastic part appearing to be on the “fabric feed ” side????

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Gail,
      I think you may indeed have the cloth guide attached back to front on the machine is the guide/wall against which the fabric rides is. Try turning it around or ask your local Janome dealer to show you how it works correctly.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  3. Freddie Shuler says:

    I have a Janome model JD1818 and am looking for a 1/4″ quilting foot. please tell me where I can find one. Thank you

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  4. Gwen says:

    I own a janome Horizon 7700 QCP. I am wondering if there is a 1/4 inch metal foot that does NOT have a flange or edge?? Has anyone seen a foot like this?

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  5. Irene says:

    Liz I have the 8900, and recently discovrred that if I attach my accufeed (walking foot) with the 1/4″ foot, they I can sew over thick (pieces) seams like butter (it doesn’t get hung up). I’d like to buy a smaller machine to take to classes, do any of your other smaller machines have this similar foot? Perhaps the new Skyline or other? Thx.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Irene,
      You discovered my trick?! I LOVE that Acufeed Flex foot for my piecing. Well for many things, not just piecing!
      Yes, we have another smaller machine with The Acufeed Flex system: this is the SKYLINE S7. It is also a 9mm stitch machine, has automatic presser foot lift like the top of the line MC15000 but is smaller than your Horizon with 8.25 inches compared to the 11 inches you currently have – so much easier to pack up & take to classes.
      Wendy, Brenda and Deb are terribly excited with the Skyline series and are selling them like hotcakes. They will be very happy to share their excitement with you. Please ask specifically for the S7 as that is the one with Acufeed Flex like your Horizon MC8900.
      Check out this link: http://www.janome.com/en/machines/sewing/skyline-s7/

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA.

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  6. Deborah says:

    I have a Janome Skyline S5 and have 1/4″ Seam Quilting Foot that came with the machine. Can you tell me the correct needle settings needed to accurately sew 1/4″ seam. Thanks

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Deborah,

      You can use the regular straight stitch (which is the default stitch on the machine) and then move your needle position over to 8.3 or thereabouts.
      Alternatively, there is a specific 1/4 inch piecing stitch which you may select: This stitch is found in Mode 1 #06. The machine automatically moves the needle position to 8.3 and reduces the stitch length to 1.8.
      Isn’t it great to have a Janome sewing machine that makes things sew much easier for you?!

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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      • Guylaine Bourget says:

        HI Liz, I am trying my 1/4 inch foot for the first time with my MC8900QCP on a fleece collar. I have adjusted the needle position to 8.3 and length to 1.8. My problem is: the bottom stitch is very long.. What am I doing wrong? Merci! Guylaine

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      • lizafrica says:

        Hi Guylaine,
        Im not sure that the 1/4 inch foot is the problem. You mention you are making a fleece collar. How thick is the fleece? if you have 2 layers of thick fleece, perhaps it is too thick to feed correctly through the machine? Did you try the Acufeed Flex foot AD? Did you adjust the presser foot pressure?
        Are you trying to do a 1/4 inch seam? or top stitching? you don’t say so it is hard for me to know what you are actually attempting.
        And I don’t think I would be using such a short stitch length on fleece. 1.8 is really for piecing quilting cotton, not fleece.

        Liz
        JANOME CANADA

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  7. Grace says:

    Thank you so much for all the great information.
    Grace in Fort Saskatchewan, AB

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  8. I have an 8900. My single hole plate does not work with my automatic 1/4 inch stitch button. Why not? I bought this machine because I am a quilter. Am I doing something wrong? Am I missing something? I’m ready to change brands after having owned three different Janome sewing machines.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Thank you for your query, Jackie. The stitch you refer to is best used with the zig-zag needleplate. But we would suggest you contact your local Janome dealer for specific information about the various 1/4 inch feet options available to you.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  9. Jenny says:

    I have a Janome Horizon 7700 and have recently purchased the Janome AcuFeed 1/4″ Seam Quilting Foot. Can you tell me the settings in need to use to accurately sew 1/4″ seam. Thanks
    Jenny

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Jenny,
      I’m pretty sure the settings you need are listed on the blister pack that came with the foot. You can certainly use the 1/4 inch stitch in the Quilt menu on your machine. There is information in your Instruction manual about this. But you can also use a regular straight stitch, change the stitch length to 2.0 or 1.8 and the stitch width OR needle position to the right – I believe it is 5.5. You may also do a test seam on 5.5 and then measure your seam. If if it exactly 1/4 inch, good. If not, just move your needle position left or right until you get th exact seam you want.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  10. Nancy M says:

    Liz,

    I have a new 8200. I want to use the acufeed quilt piecing foot for my 1/4 inch quilt piecing with the dual feed. However when I attach the foot it lines up at 3/8 inch and not 1/4 inch. I can move the needle over, but I had hoped to use my straight stitch plate for piecing and this will not allow me to move the needle. Advice?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Nancy,
      You need to select the 1/4 inch piecing stitch in Mode 3 stitch 02. This moves the needle position to 1/4 inch. Alternatively you can move the needle position to 8.3 (or 8.5 – 8.7 for scant 1/4 inch).

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA.

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  11. I am trying to get a handle on the presser feet that are compatible with my Janome 8900. It’s like the 7700 in some ways, but also like the 12000 in other ways. It would be so nice to have an up-to-date reference on the website where you can access the model number and see any and all feet that are currently compatible. Some machines might be backward compatible to previous models’ feet. I’m sure this info is available to dealers, why not consumers? Of course, if I’m missing this page, I apologize in advance. Thanks,
    Nancy

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Yes, I think you are missing where to find the information. Both the http://www.janome.ca & http://www.janome.com information have very detailed links to both the Mc12000 & MC8900 which includes pages about machine features & feet on both machines + video’s, projects etc. (Go to machines & select the model you wish. Once there, you will see all the applicable tabs to mine that part of the website for even more information).

      I do not think they have a chart of feet as you describe. However, I can tell you that our dealers should be able to answer all your queries in this regard. They have part lists with part numbers for all the accessories we carry for all the various models & if they are uncertain they call us or the equivalent Janome Head office in their particular country. So no customer query should go unanswered for any length of time. Please contact your local Janome dealer where you purchased your MC8900 and I am sure they will be happy to assist you and explain what feet come with the machine & which ones are available as optional accessories.

      Just to help you clarify this:
      The 8900 is a 9mm wide stitch machine so it shares that with the Mc12000 so foot holder & feet for the Mc12000 and 8900 are pretty much interchangeable. There are a few exceptions but 90-something % will work on both. Horizon 7700 feet are not compatible with the MC12000 or 8900 as the 7700 is a 7mm wide machine.

      Hope this answers your query.

      Liz
      Janome Canada.

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  12. maj says:

    Thank you for the feet review. Can’t understand why, once we become registered Janome owners, Janome doesn’t keep us up to date with such clear and concise info. And, I don’t get it; why doesn’t Janome put out info regarding all the different ways to use all the feet? All the other big names do. It is a treasure hunt for Janome owners here in the USA. Ah Liz, I would be lost without your help so many times.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Maj,
      I am sorry your experience has not been entirely positive. I am surprized actually as Janome America has much more on their website than we have on our janome.ca largely due to the bigger resources & population in the US than we have in Canada but also because there is no sense in re-inventing the wheel or duplicating information here in Canada when there is SO much information already available on http://www.janome.com.
      I read your comments on this blog and wonder sometimes if you are looking in the correct place? Can’t help thinking that you are missing or overlooking some sources of information? There is a huge amount of information about feet & accessories including over 50 video’s on the Janome America website. Please use the search box to locate these. They ARE there. Or look up specific machines & link to video’s etc from there.
      I am assuming you have not signed up to receive the Janome America E-newletter. That offers up to the moment information and links to video’s & other places for further information. It also offers projects, feet reviews etc. I do not believe you know about this source of information judging by your comments. I truly believe Janome America does a very good job of keeping their customers informed & up to date on new accessories etc. I cannot comment on individual dealers & customers’s experiences with some dealers. If your dealer is not keeping you informed & up to date, then you might be best using the http://www.janome.com & http://www.janome.ca websites – including this blog.
      Janome America & Janome Canada want our Janome machine owners to be happy & well informed ……so ask away & we will try to keep you happy!

      Liz
      Janome Canada.

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  13. shirley says:

    Thanks for all the info
    Shirley in Chilliwack

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  14. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    WOW! Awesome info! I had a hard time finding anyplace that mentions which feet are compatible with my mini Janome that I use when traveling (I travel for work A LOT). Any ideas??

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Lauren,
      I am not familiar with the mini Janome as this is not a model we carry in Canada. (not actually sure if this is a specific model or whether you are referring to the Jem Gold & Platinum series?). You really would be better addressing your query to your local Janome dealer where you purchased your machine or to Janome America (visit http://www.janome.com & send them an email).
      You would need to know whether your machine is a 5mm or 7mm model (width of stitches) and whether it is a front or top loading bobbin. Once you know these things, it is easy to establish which feet are the compatible ones for your model.

      Liz
      Janome Canada.

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