We of course know that the Janome Ditch quilting foot is a most wonderful accessory. But did you know just HOW wonderful it is? IMG_0581

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. clearview footclearview foot 2



There is also a Ditch quilting foot especially for Acufeed model machines (Janome MC6600P and Horizon 7700QCP)

Acufeed ditch q




And Acufeed flex models (MC12000; MC15000; MC8200; MC8900; Skyline S7) have their own special Ditch quilting foot too!

acufeed-ditch-quiltingacufeed flex dQ
























Here are a dozen ways to use these feet:

  1. 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.

    Ditch quilting foot was used to precisely top stitch this princess line seam on a pair of dress pants

    Ditch quilting foot was used to precisely top stitch this princess line seam on a pair of dress pants

  2. 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.heirloom
  3. 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”.
  4. 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.dq
  5. 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.dq7
  6. 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.machine binding tutorial7
  7. 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.

dq89. 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 piecesdq6





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.







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. Deb says:

    Hi Liz, This is a great article. I was wondering about the bridging guide referenced to in #9 that attaches to the needle plate. I tried a search of accessories, but nothing like that came up that I could see. Thanks.


  2. Nancy loo says:

    mc9900 is this low shank? Will this stitch in the ditch work?


    • lizafrica says:

      No, Nancy, your Mc9900 is a high shank. Yes, the ditch quilting foot – 9mm – will work with your machine. Purchase the clip on metal foot S or the Clearview foot and guide set – both need to be 9mm wide feet.



  3. twinseeinda says:

    Where is the “Snip & Stitch” being held? I live in the Vancouver area.


  4. Doreen Cripps says:

    Some added uses that I find helpful: attaching patch pockets – sewing is straight and close to the edge; edge stitching – adjust needle position for straight sewing even on curves; sewing on ribbons; under stitching facings – easy to sew at 1/8″ ; use when sewing flat felled seams; and sew on. Doreen


  5. Ceil says:

    Thanks for these. I just tried tip #1 when trying to do some quilting. I must say I’ve owned Janome machines for years (since the 80’s) but really wish they put more markings on them so I know when to turn. Please help with this issue- and yes, I do have the Clearview quilting foot too. Maybe it’s just me!


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Ceil,

      The markings on the Clear view foot make turning a lot easier. Please follow the instructions on the blister pack for this foot or watch the video’s on or the Accessory video APP for smart phones. This gives good information on using the Clearview foot and guide set.



  6. Marianne Wright says:

    Is there a Janome Ditch Quilting Foot for the Skyline S5?


    • lizafrica says:

      Absolutely. It is a 9mm machine model so any ditch quilting foot for Janome 9mm machine models will work. Your local Janome dealer can provide more information.



  7. Lina Lendt says:

    Thanks for the tips

    Sent from my iPad



  8. Stephanie Buckingham says:

    Thanks Liz. Always nice to get a review. Also it reminds me to open my foot case and take a second look. See you in September at Snip and Stitch. Stephanie


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