Quilting Foot (S)
Linda Pidzamecky, Education Consultant, Janome Canada Ltd.
The Ditch Quilting Foot is a very useful addition to your sewing machine,
when you want a perfectly straight "stitch in the ditch". The
guide on the foot spreads the seam allowing you to stitch perfectly in the
ditch, and is also useful when adding decorative top stitching along seams.
Janome sewing machines have a variety of needle positions, enabling you
to position your stitching where you want.
This versatile foot may also be used with zigzag and decorative stitches,
as the guide does not extend through the needle opening.
in the Ditch
Thread tension: 3 – 6
Stitch length: 1 – 4
Stitch width: Center needle position
1. The ‘ditch’
is created when 2 pieces of fabric are seamed together. The seam allowances
are pressed to one side or pressed open.
2. Set the guide on the presser foot into the ‘ditch’ and
sew straight. The guide moves along in the seam and the stitches fall
directly behind the blade. This causes the thread to be hidden in the
seam, making the stitching nearly invisible.
3. This technique can be used for quilting stitched blocks, through all
layers of backing and batting. Also suitable for securing facing on garments.
After facings have been attached to the garment, press to the wrong side.
On the right side of the garment, in a seam that the facing is covering,
set the guide into the ‘ditch’ and sew straight, securing
the seam at the beginning and the end.
with a Single Needle
Stitch: straight: Straight
Thread tension: 3 - 6
Stitch length 1 – 4
Stitch width As desired for size of tuck
1. With an
appropriate fabric marker, draw lines where the tucks are desired.
2. Fold and press the fabric along the marked lines.
3. Place the folded edge of the fabric to the left of the guide on the
‘S’ foot. Adjust the stitch width to the left to create the
desired width of the tuck. Stitch and repeat for remaining lines. Press
finished tucks to one side.
4. Tucks can be twisted to add interest to fabrics. Sew and press desired
number of rows of tucks. Using an appropriate fabric marker, draw lines
across the tucks evenly spaced. Stitch across tucks on every other line.
Press tucks in the opposite direction between each of the stitched rows.
Stitch in place on the remaining lines
1. Pin, baste or use temporary spray to hold ribbon in place. Place the
guide of the
‘S’ foot against the edge of ribbon. Adjust the needle position,
until the needle
drops into the edge of the ribbon. When stitching the second edge, always
the same end as the previous side to prevent twisting of the ribbon, moving
needle position to the right.
2. Try using a decorative stitch to secure the edge. Test the stitch and
its position on
the ribbon to make sure it stitches through all layers.
Joining Trim and Laces
foot is very useful for joining 2 pieces of lace or trim and attaching
it to fabric.
Align the straight edges of the trim on either side of the blade of the
‘S’. Use a zigzag or decorative stitch to secure the edges.
1. Cut bias strips of decorative or lining fabric 1 ½” wide.
2. Place strips on right side of fabric along raw edge and stitch together
with a ¼” seam.
3. Press strips, wrapping it around the raw edge to the wrong side of
the fabric. With the ‘S’ foot, on the right side of the fabric,
stitch in the ditch, or adjust the needle position to the right, to stitch
on the bias strip. If desired trim the access on the wrong side.
½” away from the raw edge of the fabric, using a straight
stitch foot and a straight stitch plate, if possible.
2. Replace the straight stitch foot with the ‘S’ foot. Working
on the right side of the fabric, fold the fabric to the wrong side. The
straight stitch line created in step 1 will be on the fold. It’s
important to work on the right side as the fabric will easier to control.
3. Place the blade of the ‘S’ foot long the fold. Adjust the
needle position to the left approximately 1/8” and stitch length
4. On wrong side trim access fabric very close to stitching, careful not
to cut main fabric.
5. Fold fabric again to wrong side on the stitching line. Place blade
of ‘S’ foot along the fold and move needle position to the
right to ensure all.
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