Over the last month, I’ve been becoming acquainted with the Janome Memory Craft 9450QCP. I thought the best way to start with a new machine is to familiarize myself with the kind of sewing and quilting I usually do before moving on to learn new features.
I am known for walking foot quilting and have published two books on the topic. My first book, Walking Foot Quilting Designs was first published in 2016 and is in its third printing. My second book Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs is fresh off the press and is being released this week.
Since getting the Janome Memory Craft 9450QCP, I have pieced three quilt tops and quilted two of them with walking foot quilting. You’ve probably guessed that I used the AcuFeed Flex Dual feed Foot for the walking foot quilting. This foot was already a favourite of mine as I have been working with the Janome 6700P for the past two years. I use the open toe sole plate for the AcuFeed Flex Foot for accuracy; it was the first extra accessory I purchased with my Janome MC6700P.
The Janome 9450QCP also comes with the AcuFeed Flex Professional Grade Foot (HP2) and Professional Grade Needle Plate (HP). I discovered that the AcuFeed Flex Professional Grade Foot gives me a perfect scant ¼” seam which worked well for piecing the quilt tops and made sewing on my binding a breeze.
I have preferred machine settings for piecing and for quilting. Before starting anything, I set up my Favourite Stitches so these preferred settings will be there for me whenever I sit down to sew. First you need to turn on this feature. To do this, select Set, Ordinary Sewing, and scroll through to find Favorite Stitch Adjustment then choose On and press OK.
For piecing with the Professional Grade Foot and Professional Grade Needle Plate I chose Stitch 1. Stitch 1 is set at 2.40mm but I like to piece with a 1.80mm stitch length. By selecting the up arrow (near the bottom of the screen) the adjustment menu appears. The second option is the stitch length which I can adjust with the – and +. You will notice at the bottom of the screen there are two squares DFT for default and FS for Favourite Stitch. Once you have the settings as you want them, select FS. You will be asked whether you want to save or discard the new setting. Choose save to set it then use the down arrow to return to the stitches. You’ll notice that the stitch length has now changed and is highlighted in yellow. This stitch will be set this way until you choose to change it and you will know it is your favourite stitch because it is highlighted in yellow.
For quilting with the AcuFeed Flex Foot and the regular Straight Stitch Plate I used Stitch 3. Stitch 3 is my preference because it has a locking stitch at the beginning and end of each line of stitching. I mostly quilt edge-to-edge and like to place the locking stitch in the area where the binding will cover. This helps to ensure that the stitching will not come out when the quilt is being used and washed. Following the same steps as above, I changed the stitch length from 2.40mm to 3.00mm, my usual setting for walking foot quilting.
To learn more about how I quilt with the AcuFeed Flex Foot, here is a video.
Janome Canada Artisan Melissa Marginet