If you’ve been reading my blogposts on the Accessory Upgrade Kit for the Janome MC9400 and the feet that are included in that kit, you’ll realize that this blogpost must be about the 4th & final foot in the upgrade package. If you aren’t familiar with the Accessory Upgrade Kit and what is included in it, click here.
While I’ve saved this foot for the last blogpost, it doesn’t mean that it is the least of the new feet for the Janome MC9400. In fact, for quilters, this is one of the most useful feet that you can have for your machine. This new foot is the O foot or the ¼” seam foot without guide. This 1/4 foot without flange or guide is also available in the Quilting Upgrade kit for MC15000 and as a separate blister pack purchase. Please ask your local Janome dealer for more information.
If you’re a quilter, you know how important stitching a perfect ¼” seam is. If you don’t get the seam correct, it’s difficult for your blocks to fit together and for your quilt to come out the way you hope it will. We are always looking for a foot that will help us get that perfect ¼” seam and the new O foot will help you do that on your Janome MC9400.
You might notice that you already have an O foot in your Janome MC9400 accessory storage box. There is, however, a significant difference between that foot and the new O foot: the new O foot doesn’t have a guide on it. The guide – that black metal piece that is on the right side of the foot – has now been removed. When using this original O foot, you would line this guide up along the outside edge of your fabric when stitching a ¼” seam. While some quilters love using this foot, I sometimes found that the guide would catch on threads or seams and cause problems when I was stitching. You won’t have this problem with the new O foot as the black metal guide has been removed.
I view the removal of the guide as an alternative on the O foot. There are some other changes that have been made that I find helpful too. There are now more markings on the foot. One of these is a raised metal piece that is ¼” away from the needle drop position. How is this helpful? You will be able to run this guide along a previously stitched seam and make a new stitching line¼” away from it.
There are also three more ¼” markings on the left side of the foot that are¼”, 1/2″ and 3/4″ away from the front of the foot. These can be used in different situations, such as when you are at a corner and want to stop ¼” away from it to turn your fabric.
If you’ve found your original O foot on your Janome MC9400 helpful, but wish that it didn’t have the metal guide on it, you’ll appreciate the new O ¼” seam foot without guide and will find the additional markings on the foot very helpful.
For more information about the O foot and how it will help you with your ¼” seam, visit my blog.
Happy stitching from Kim Jamieson-Hirst, a Janome Canada Artisan in Calgary, AB.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Please note that this 1/4 inch foot without flange is available as a separate item from your local authorized Janome dealer. If you have a Janome sewing/embroidery machine which has 9mm wide stitches, then this foot is compatible with your model. You may ask your Janome dealer for this foot as an individual item. Part # is: 202313001