Installing a zipper to a garment, tote bag, or home dec project can be a frustrating and intimidating process. There’s many different types of zippers out there, but one of the easiest to install is the Invisible, or Concealed Zipper – and YES! Janome has a specialty presser foot to make the sewing process a breeze!
The Janome Concealed Zipper foot comes with the Janome MC 15000 Quiltmaker and it’s previous versions, as well as the fabulous Janome Continental M7, but it’s also available in a blister pack from Janome Dealers and is available for almost every machine in the line, including the high-speed straight stitch only machines, the Janome HD-9 and it’s predecessor, the Janome 1600P.
Check out our handy bilingual Janome Accessories Guide on our Janome.CA website to find all the fun and fabulous optional specialty presser feet and accessories available for your machine, including the Concealed Zipper Foot. As well, the Janome Presser Foot Workbook is a terrific resource for more information how to use all those fun, fanciful, and super-practical presser feet!
The process of installing the invisible, or concealed zipper is quite simple, but it’s made even easier with machines such as the Janome Continental M7 which has the Sewing Applications Menu built-in to the machine, which is often referred to as “the little T-Shirt”.
Sewing Applications is basically the machines asking you “what do you want to do?” It’s such a time-saver to have a machine which does some thinking for us. Many Janome machines have the Sewing Applications Menu, for example, MC15000 Quiltmaker and previous versions, Skyline S9, Skyline S7 , Janome MC 9450, MC 9400.
The machine is set-up for every step of the installation process. Finish the seam allowance edge ahead of time, either by overcasting on the machine, or by using your serger, then use the appropriate groove in the foot to stitch close to the zipper teeth. It’s the perfect guide to ensure fast, professional results every time!
For a step-by-step tutorial for installing an Invisible Zipper using the Janome Concealed Zipper Foot, check out this video HERE, which is the “Z” episode of the Janome HQ series “A to Z with Janome“. One advantage to Janome presser feet is that they’re all lettered, so a Concealed Zipper foot is the “Z foot” no matter which Janome machine you’re using. The “A to Z with Janome” series takes you through the Janome alphabet; B for the B Buttonhole Foot, D for the Rolled Hem Foot, N for the Pintuck foot, P for the PDH Darning Foot, T for the TG Tape Guide foot, for example, and of course, Z for the very handy Concealed Zipper Foot.