Sunday Sewing – Do you chain piece?

Do you chain piece? I have been busy making a mystery quilt with our new Janome Canada Artisan, Melissa Marginet on her Facebook group. I think the mystery is pretty much solved at this point but I have very definitely been doing a whack load of chain piecing! It is incredibly time, labour and thread saving. Don’t think I would ever do this one 1/4 inch seam at a time.  I did a quick video during my chain piecing marathon where I point out how to set up the Janome machine, what foot to use, etc. Check it out on our new Janome Life You Tube channel. 

As as aside: in the video I was using the Janome 1/4 inch piecing foot O with guide. In the pic above I have the Janome HP2 foot attached to the Janome Continental M7 – this is a fabulous combo of the HP foot and Acufeed flex walking foot. Either foot works wonderfully. And there are other 1/4 inch piecing options which we have discussed many times on Janome Life. I think we have at least 6 different feet to use for 1/4 inch piecing.

What is your favourite Janome 1/4 inch piecing foot? 

About Liz Thompson

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for over 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 sew, read, knit , crochet, travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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10 Responses to Sunday Sewing – Do you chain piece?

  1. Wilma Osmond says:

    How many 1/4 inch feet is there from Janome I have the QC6260 what foot should I be using?


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Wilma,

      Good question. We have an accessory Guide on our website where you can find out more information about the various feet we offer – including 1/4 inch feet. Look for any feet which show they are compatible with G models. Also click on Products tab >> Accessories on same website.
      Your 6260 is a 7mm wide model so you would be looking at 7mm feet (NOT 9mm feet) – top loading 7mm models. some the 1/4 inch feet we carry come for both 7mm and 9mm models. There is the O foot with guide as well as the Clearview foot and Guide set which has a guide for 1/4 inch as well as another for ditch quilting. You can also, of course, use a regualr A foot or walking foot and then just move your needle position over to the right to get the 1/4 inch seam you require. Test sew until you have the correct needle position.
      Your local Janome dealer can assist you with the correct feet for your machine.



  2. Linda Fielding says:

    I find with both of my Janome machines, the 12000 and the 4900, I have to move the needle position to the left 2 spaces to get a true 1/4 seam. This came up in discussion at my last quilt class and this seems to be quite common with most Janome machines. Hope this helps. Keep the distance.


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Linda,

      To the left? what foot are you using? Which needle plate and what stitch on the machine? All these factors play into where the needle position may be. But I am puzzled about you saying you move the needle to the left as that would widen the 1/4 inch seam, would it not? usually I have people tell me they want a scant 1/4 inch so they move the needle over a few notches to the RIGHT.



    • Linda Fielding says:

      Sorry to the RIGHT to make the seam smaller. I do this on my 4900 with the clear quarter inch foot and on my 12000 I use the 1/4” piecing stitch with the updated clear 1/4” foot. I remove the guide on both feet. Works like a charm.


  3. Louis and June Perreault says:


    I am enjoying your emails. I have not yet found a foot were I get a good ¼ inch foot, using the settings that Janome recommends. I use the dual feed a lot with a setting of 9 I wish the bar on the foot was not black.

    Happy Easter



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