Today we are putting together the Janome Sorbet Quilt and after you have cut and pressed everything you want to sew and easy and accurate 1/4″ seam for the majority of the project. The Memory Craft 8900 has a couple of hidden in plain sight features to make this task even easier than normal.
I am going to use the 1/4″ seam foot “O”, with the little black guide on the right hand side, to give me a 1/4″ seam, but if you just put the foot on and sew you won’t get a 1/4″ seam, you have to adjust your needle position. The easiest way to do this is to select stitch D95, which has a 1/4″ and P symbol next to it.
The 1/4″ symbol means that when you select the stitch the machine will automatically set the needle drop position to spot where you get a 1/4″ seam when used with the “O” foot.
The P symbol, refers to the length of the stitch which has been set to 1.8mm, the optimal quilt piecing length.
(NB: Notice the stitch number is red and has a D before it and most of the other stitch numbers are black. This is because the stitches with a D before them are designed to be used with the AcuFeed Flex foot/ Walking foot)
So Janome have taken all of the guess work out of sewing a 1/4″ seam, by giving you an accurate guide on the foot and setting the needle position and length for an accurate sewn 1/4″ seam. All you have to do is select the right stitch and attach the “O” foot.
Back to our project, which calls for me to sew a 1/4″ seam around a square of fabric, by selecting everything above I will get an accurate seam, but I have corners to go around, do I just run off the edge and then start a new seam?
Notice in the photo, on the right of the needle plate there are two 1/4 markings on the plate which correspond to two lines which run parrallel towards the foot in the photo.
The furthest marking is a 1/4″ behind the needle drop position, so if I take the leading edge of my block and line it up with this marking I will start sewing a 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric and then when I get to the end of the side and want to turn, I take the edge of fabric to inline with the first 1/4 marking, put the needle into the fabric and pivot.
Perfect 1/4″ seams all the way around the block. Easy as can be.