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Accessories We Love: Janome Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set

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If a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, I'm guessing this three-in-one presser foot is easily worth a bird, a hand and a bush. We love a cool accessory that does several things. The Janome Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set comes with two guides: the Quarter Inch Guide and the Ditch Stitch Guide. The foot itself is clearly marked with red guide lines for ⅛" and ¼" seam allowances, as well as cornering marks for both ⅛" and ¼" seams in front and behind the needle drop. The foot is super easy to use and very lightweight. But be careful, the little guides are the Barbie® shoes of sewing; they could very easily get lost. Keep everything together in a little plastic bag. And don't let the name fool you; even though it says "quilting" on the package, this foot comes in handy for any project that requires precise seaming or topstitching. The foot is available in both standard width (7mm) as well as wide width (9mm).

Many quilters like to use this foot in combination with a straight stitch needle plate. The small single hole in the plate aligns with the small center hole in the foot to ensure the most stable base for your fabric and the least risk of threads or fabric getting caught in the feed dogs. Of course, this combo can only be used with a center needle drop position. 

Deciphering the markings

The packaging didn't do a perfect job of pointing out what all those red lines really mean, so we did this handy little guide for you. As mentioned above, you get ⅛" and ¼" seam allowance guides and needle drop/cornering guides both ⅛" and ¼" in front of and behind the needle drop.

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The interchangeable guides

Loosen the screen and drop the ¼" guide in place. Re-tighten the screw and you're ready to go.

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The stitch-in-the-ditch guide attaches just as easily

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Sewing with the just the foot

You can use the foot all by itself to do ⅛" seams. These tiny seams aren't used a lot for home décor, but quilters use this seam for miniature piecing and more.

All you need to do is align your fabric with the ⅛" red guide line and stitch along, keeping your eye on that red line.

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You can also use the foot without the guides to sew perfect ¼" seams. Just like above, simply align the edge of your fabric with the red ¼" guide line. This is a nice option for pieces with a lot of corners, such as the triangle shown below, where a flange-type guide might be in the way.

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Sewing with the ¼" guide

Quite a few sewing machines come with a ¼" foot, but you may not be that lucky. Often a ¼" foot is a specialty foot you must purchase separately, which makes this three-in-one foot such a great deal. We use a ¼" allowance all the time in our projects for seaming, hemming, and topstitching.

With the guide in place, you simply align the edge of your fabric against the flange and start sewing. Keep the fabric close to the guide as you go and you'll get a perfect ¼" seam every time.

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The straight stitch needle hole in the foot is slightly oval, which means if your machine allows you to adjust your needle position, you can move the needle just a bit to the right and stitch a perfect scant ¼" seam. This is a technique experienced quilters often suggest for beginners. Every time you press your seams, a little bit of fabric gets taken up in the fold. With each seam, you loose a little bit more, which can add up, especially if you are new to piecing. Sewing a scant ¼" helps compensate for this.

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NOTE: There's a small hole to the left of the needle hole. This is a "needle release hole" and it is not used for sewing. It is only there so if you change your machine to a zig zag stitch and forget the foot is still on the machine, this hole will prevent the needle from breaking.

Sewing with the ditch guide

We love the ditch guide; it's like a laser line for keeping a straight seam. All you have to do is align your fabric so the guide is in the ditch created by the previous seam you are following. As you sew along, just keep the guide running in this ditch. You could also run the guide along a drawn line for things like pocket panel divisions.

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We really had fun with the Clear View Quilting Foot and Guide Set. It does three very different things and does each one very well. We give it five stars. It is made by and for Janome machines with their snap-on feet, but check with your local dealer, it may work on other brands and/or there may be a similar foot available.

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Comments (26)

Trudy Reeves said:
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The only time I stitch in the ditch is when I'm quilting.  Since this foot cannot be used with the walking foot mechanism, I really don't see its use for stitch in the ditch.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Trudy Reeves - we love that center ditch guide when we need to follow along any previous seam, such as when doing a binding around the top of a bag or around a flap. It's also great for smaller quilting projects when a Walking foot isn't needed, like a little potholder. We've even used it in addition to guidelines when doing precise topstitching. In other words, "give a girl a hammer and everything is a nail"  - we're always amazed how handy specialty feel are in giving something a more professional finish. 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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We heard back from Janome regarding the needle release hole:

There's a small hole to the left of the needle hole. This is a "needle release hole" and it is not used for sewing. It is only there so if you change your machine to a zig zag stitch and forget the foot is still on the machine, this hole will prevent the needle from breaking.

sarahsmommywest said:
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I love mine!  I have both the 7mm and 9mm used on different machines and this is my favorite foot!!!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Annie Jones - you should always check with your dealer to confirm, but this is a standard Janome Snap On foot, so it should work with your 6600. That machine has a maximum stitch width of 7mm, so you'd request the 7mm version not the 9mm version

Jean Hardy said:
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This foot will not fit the Janome Memory Craft QCP 8900, because the clamp area on the Memory Craft is wider then the other Janome.  Wish you would make them with a wider clamp-on area to match MC 8900.

Linda Porter Jones said:
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I have the Janome 8900, and also teach Janome classes...Liz Johnson is correct, you just need the foot that fits the 9mm. Janome makes a great Guide Book, (Accessories) that lists all the Janome Sewing Machines and the correct product #'s for all the feet and accessories. With this inexpensive guide you can make sure you are getting the right foot for your machine, just in case your local Janome dealer is unsure :)

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Jean Hardy -- Janome is a separate company from Sew4Home so we don't have all the specific details on every model, but this foot is now available in the wider 9mm width, which does appear (on the Janome website) to be compatible with both the 8900 and the 8200. I'd suggest a quick call to your local dealer to confirm. 

Reta Felton said:
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I have a Janome 3160 QDC, will that foot fit it?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Reta Felton - As mentioned below, it is based on the maximum stitch width of your machine. The 3160 also has a max stitch width of 7mm.

Audrey Copses said:
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This looks like a great invention. What size does the Janome 6500 use?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Audrey Copses - it is based on the maximum stitch width of your machine. The 6500 has a max stitch width of 7mm.

Diana D. Lewis said:
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I know it's designed for Janome, but it sure looks like it would fit any low-shank machine like my Singer Quantum 9960.  I might just give it a try.  

Maria Maese said:
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Release holes are most likely for releasing the foot from the molds or machinery used in making them.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Evelyn Koth - this foot is designed for the Janome machines. Unless a foot is designated as Universal (such as the Janome Ruffler), it is usually best to stick with the feet made specifically for your machine model. However, this is a snap-on foot. You could certainly check with your Viking or BabyLock dealer to see if it might be compatible and/or if either of those manufacturers have anything similar. 

virginia robin orcutt said:
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I've seen that there is a 7mm and 9 mm foot? Is that right? I have a horizon 7700, which one is better for me? Thank you so much

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ virginia robin orcutt - the maximum stitch width on the Horizon 7700 is 7mm, so you would choose the 7mm foot.

Paulette Campbell said:
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I too would like to know what the needle release hole is used for???

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Paulette Campbell - as mentioned above, it is a construction element of the foot, not used for sewing - so we didn't really linger on it . However, we have forwarded your question to our friends at Janome for any additional details. 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ carol abrams - see our note above to Paulette - if we find out anything else particularly interesting, we'll post about it. 

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