We of course know that the Janome Ditch quilting foot is a most wonderful accessory. But did you know just HOW wonderful it is?
The ditch quilting foot in this pic is the metal foot S (S for sugar as it “sweetens” so many of our projects!). This foot is available for 7mm wide and 9mm wide models.
We also have a wide range of other ditch quilting feet available for Janome sewers and quilters:
- The Clearview foot and guide set which has a 1/4 inch guide as well as a Ditch quilting guide for the center position. The advantage of this foot is that it is clear so you can see through the foot for extra vision.
There is also a Ditch quilting foot especially for Acufeed model machines (Janome MC6600P and Horizon 7700QCP)
And Acufeed flex models (MC12000; MC15000; MC8200; MC8900; Skyline S7) have their own special Ditch quilting foot too!
Here are a dozen ways to use these feet:
- Use as a guide foot for Top stitching on garments, home dec projects and quilting. Move the needle position to where you desire the stitching to be and ride the center guide down the ditch of the seam for perfect top stitching placement.
- Use for heirloom sewing for lace insertions: Sew with the guide along the edge of the lace header and adjust the needle position so it catches only the very edge of the lace as required.
- Use it to sew lace edgings to collars, pockets, sleeves, etc. Butt lace up against finished edge with guide between fabric & lace, sew for a perfect “catch”.
- Use to sew lace insertions together for fine heirloom lace work: butt lace sections together, adjust stitch width to catch just the edges & away you go.
- Use for stitching-in-the-ditch when doing machine quilting or other projects that require this type of stitching. Adjust the needle position as required.
- Use as a guide when doing outline and echo quilting if the space between is small. (Use the quilting arm/guide if the space is larger). Adjust needle position as required.
- Use when stitching binding on quilts and home dec projects. Use for attaching the binding to the quilt if you want a very narrow binding. OR sew with the guide along the edge of the binding turn-over, adjust needle position to catch the edge & away you go. No more tedious hand stitching and pricked fingers! Attach binding to the BACK of the quilt & flip binding over to the front. Sew down and if your bobbin thread matches, you will barely see the machine stitching on the back of the quilt.
8. You may use also this foot for regular machine applique. However, I do prefer the Open Toe applique foot as it allows me to see more of what I am sewing.
9. Works very well when doing faggoting or bridging. Butt 2 pieces of fabric alongside each other with the Ditch quilting foot guide between the 2 pieces, choose a bridging stitch & away you go. You may also use the bridging guide which clips into the needle plate to help you with maintaining a space between the fabric pieces
10. Use it to sew “Granny Squares” together (quilt-as-you-go blocks that are already finished along the edges) as it assists in this similar bridging stitch function.
11. Great for applique projects such as Madeira applique which requires accurate edge sewing to catch the fabric along possibly fiddly curves & points. This foot helps as it “rides” along the fabric edge.
12. When doing multiple rows of dec stitching, you may want to use this foot as a guide to place subsequent rows of stitching very close together. If you use the edge of the foot, it may be too far away. Alternatively you may prefer to use the Border Guide foot.
WHAT WILL YOU BE STITCHING WITH YOUR JANOME DITCH QUILTING FOOT TODAY?