Quilters are obsessed with stitching a perfect ¼” seam since this is the seam allowance that you use when you’re quilting and, if you don’t get it right, it can affect your whole project! Lucky for us, the Janome Continental M7 (and other Janome models) offers you several different choices when it comes to stitching an accurate ¼” seam. In this blogpost, I want to show you the various options you have on the Janome Continental M7.
There are 4 different feet that you can use to get a perfect ¼” seam when stitching with the Janome M7:
- the ¼” seam foot O (O foot)
- the ¼” seam foot O (without guide) (O foot without guide)
- the Professional Grade Foot HP (HP foot)
- the AcuFeed Flex Professional Grade foot HP2 (HP2 foot)
Let me explain the set-up for each of these feet.
Let’s start with the O feet. Both the O foot and the O foot without guide are set up the same way. These feet are exactly the same except that one has a metal guide along the edge of the foot and the other one doesn’t. I’ll let you guess which is which 😉
When stitching a ¼” seam, you’ll be using a straight stitch so you’ll want to install the straight stitch needle plate on the Janome M7 when using either of the O feet.
The nice thing about this machine is how easy it is to install and switch out one of the 3 needle plates that are included with the purchase of the Janome M7. All you have to do is press the lock out button
and then press on the needle plate icon on this same screen.
The needle plate will automatically lift up and you can easily remove it and replace it with another one. Installation is just as easy: simply install the appropriate needle plate and it will automatically lock in place. No worries about chipping your nail polish when working with the needle plates on the Janome M7! 😀
As I’m a quilter, I typically choose the patchwork setting on the Janome M7. From the main menu, press on the t-shirt icon – the sewing application menu – to access the various specialty menus.
Choose “patchwork piecing” and you will then be able to select the “straight stitch” option and you’ll be all set up to do some ¼” stitching.
There are 2 other feet included with the Janome M7 that you can use when stitching a ¼” seam: the HP foot and the HP2 foot. Both of these feet use the Professional Grade Needle Plate HP (HP needle plate) so you’ll need to install it when stitching with either of these feet.
The difference between these two feet is that the HP2 foot works with the AcuFeed Flex Plus system. It really helps to keep the fabric pieces advancing at the same pace to avoid any pushing of the top fabric. Be sure that you hook the HP2 foot into the opening on the back of the Janome M7 so that it will engage with the AcuFeed Flex Plus system.
You will also need to press the dual feed device to activate this system.
There are several setting options when using the HP foot or the HP2 foot to stitch a ¼” seam. I like to use the Utility 1 stitch and this is the stitch that is automatically chosen for you. Only those stitches which can be used with the HP feet and needle plate combination will be available for you to choose.
I like to use the HP2 foot with the AcuFeed Flex Plus system activated when I’m stitching a ¼” seam on a long piece of fabric, such as when I’m adding borders or binding. It’s also a great choice if you’re a sewist and want to add topstitching to a project.
For piecing an accurate ¼” seam, I like to use the HP foot and the HP needle plate combination. I find this gives me the best results.
I like how the Janome M7 gives you several choices when you want to stitch a ¼” seam. Whether you’re a quilter or a sewist, you’ll find one of these options perfect for your project.
Happy creating from Kim Jamieson-Hirst of Chatterbox Quilts, a Janome Canada Artisan in Calgary, Alberta.