Foot/Accessory of the month: Ribbon Sewing Guide

The Holiday season is upon us……we will be wrapping gifts, hanging tinsel and generally making things look pretty and seasonal in our homes – right?

So we thought we would remind you about a very nifty piece of Janome equipment which will assist you to decorate and embellish your ribbons  – customize gift wrapping with names and more.

This piece of equipment fits most of our sewing machines – it screws into the needleplate so will work if there is a hole on the needleplate. I think I may have only come across a couple of our models which do not have this hole. As the guide attaches to the needle plate, it does not matter whether your machine is high shank or low shank or 9mm wide or 7mm wide. But it needs to have the hole in the needle plate. Please check with your local Janome Dealer if you are unsure.  The part # for the Ribbon Sewing Guide is # 200444408

There are 2 different length screws and 2 different thicknesses of little rubber pads. Please follow the instructions on the Blister package for this Accessory to know which screw and which pad is to be used for your specific Janome  sewing machine. The pad goes under the ribbon guide and the screw goes through the guide and pad to attach it to the needle plate.

The white double sided guide (like 2 little “walls”) encloses the sides of the ribbon or tape and adjusts wider or narrower to perfectly accommodate ribbons or tapes. You can even make your own ribbons from scrap fabric if you wish. There is also a clear plastic guie rather like a long clip guide which secures the ribbon to further guide it straight. When all is in place, the ribbon or tape feeds through under the foot of the machine and your embellishment is perfectly positioned as it sews. You can use your alphabets/lettering to sew messages like Happy Birthday or Happy Christmas. Even add the name of the person who will receive your lovely, thoughtful gift for wonderful personalizing! Or decorate a plain ribbon with pretty decorative stitching on your sewing machine – now there is a way to use all those lovely stitches that so many of you tell me you don’t use!

TIP: If you are using a very soft or silky ribbon (which most are), I would highly recommend you pop a strip/piece of our Madeira WATER SOLUBLE stabilizer (Avalon) under the ribbon on sewing guide/above the needle plate, ie between the accessory and needle plate. This will stabilize the soft ribbon and your stitching will not pucker or distort. Alternatively, you could spray the ribbon with a liquid stabilizer to firm it up.  Press dry before sewing on the ribbon. I would not suggest a tearaway stabilizer as I (for one) would not want to pick all that stabilizer out from the back of the ribbon afterwards – My time and patience only extends so far lol! Water soluble stabilzer should just peel away easily and any remaining bits can be spritzed with water. Press the ribbon with a cool iron and press cloth when you are done embellishing.

Janome Australia has a very sweet project for you to make using the Ribbon Sewing Guide – a great little Christmas gift idea?  Check out this link for the full Tutorial. 

Hope you found this reminder about our Janome Ribbon Sewing Guide helpful. Bet you are going to to root around in your sewing drawers to find it now??

Have fun embellishing ribbon this holiday season!

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