AcuGuide Cloth Guide and the Janome Skyline S9

I’m going to go out on a limb by saying the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide is an underused and over overlooked feature on the Janome Skyline S9. Try it once though and you will be looking for new opportunities to use this fabulously fun accessory!

The Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide helps you easily create straight and consistently accurate seams, all the way up to 5.5 inches to the right of the needle on the Janome Skyline S9.

If you have never used this attachment before, I want to encourage you to dig it out and give it a try. The Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide comes with the Janome Skyline S9, and with all versions of the Janome MC15000, but is also an optional accessory for the Janome MC9850SE, which is another embroidery combo machine. Previous models like the Janome MC11000, and Janome MC12000 also had the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide included with the machine.

I recently used it to do a beautiful finish on this quick and easy baby blanket and my seams have never been so perfect!

Getting set up to use the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide on the Janome Skyline S9 is easy. I put together a little video to take you through a quick run-down of this tool.

It really is just that easy!

I recently made this baby blanket / car blanket for my daughter, as she loves to have a light blanket to snuggle with in the car, especially on the way home after a day at daycare and she needs a little snuggle and wind-down time. Not wanting to bother with a binding around the edges, I added extra fabric for the cotton backing and used it to fold over the Minky fabric and create a mitred edge.

I used a four inch seam allowance on all four sides. The fabric was folded in two inches on all sided and pressed, then folded over another two inches and pressed again.

There are several methods to create perfect mitred corner points. I talk about my favourite method in this napkin tutorial that I did a while back.

Just look at those points!

Okay… one more look!

My edges are two inches in width all the way around.

With this in mind, I wanted to make my seams at 1 3/4 inches. I can set the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide exactly where I want it to ensure perfectly straight lines.

The guide is positioned into place and I’m ready to sew! You can use any stitch with any presser foot you want.

This guide is just so precise and easy to use.

I can tell how precise this tool is because even the corners are on point! I can stop right on the corner seam, pivot and keep going right along the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide.

Before having this tool, when I had a wider seam allowance to wrestle with, I’d have to really take my time and go slow to make sure I kept everything even and consistent. With the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide, I think this was one of the fastest top stitching jobs I’ve ever completed!

There are so many possibility for this tool. Wide pant and dress hems, or curtains will be perfection!

Have you used the Janome AcuGuide Cloth Guide on your embroidery combo machine? What Janome sewing machine accessory or tool do you think is underrated and everyone should use more? What tool would you like to use more?

Happy Sewing!

Trina,

Janome Canada Artisan, Trina Gallop
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6 Responses to AcuGuide Cloth Guide and the Janome Skyline S9

  1. Peggy Phillips says:

    The cloth guide also comes on the Janome 9450–it works great!

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    • janomeman says:

      Hi Peggy! Yes, there is a cloth guide available for pretty-much every Janome sewing machine! The “AcuGuide” Cloth Guide only works with the embroidery combo machines, but a similar manual Cloth Guide does indeed come with the MC9450, MC9400, MC8900, for example. Other machines can use the metal Cloth Guide which comes with a little screw to attach to the needle plate. Janome is all about options, and yes, the Cloth Guides, whichever one, work great! Thank you for sharing the Janome Love!

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  2. This is such a simple and pretty way to finish a quick blanket, but I have a few questions. How wide are the strips you used for the binding? You mention you used a “four-inch seam allowance” – I assume you meant quarter-inch seam allowance? Did you baste the Minky to the cotton backing?

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    • trinagallop says:

      Hi! Thanks so much for your comment, Wendy! I love how quickly this little project comes together (and it’s a great way to use up some lovely pieces of fabric and minky/cuddle/or even fleece that you might have around).

      So instead of using binding, I extended the dimensions of the cotton fabric by four inches on all sides. I folded over each side two inches (to meet the edge of the minky fabric) and ironed. And then folded over by two inches again and ironed. I then created a mitred corner – there are several ways to do this (I provided a link to one method that I had previously explained in another blog post). I then topstitched all the way around. Hope this helps!

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