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Easy 1/4″ seams on the Janome Memory Craft 8900

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. IMG_0901The 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?

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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.

Happy Sewing