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Thread: JANOME 1/4" foot frustration

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    After some 25 yrs plus of using a Pfaff, I needed a new machine. Local Pfaff dealer had gone out of business when owner died. Looked around and settled on a Janome Memory Craft 6600P. I really like the machine, (after the usual learning curve), except for the 1/4 metal foot that came with it. I got so frustrated with that metal piece on the side, that I snapped it off. Found I could still do a 1/4" seam. I had also gotten the clear, red striped 1/4 foot, but I don't use it because it has a metal piece that is suppose to be used. Haven't tried the Dual Feed 1/4" yet, it has an even bigger piece of black metal on its side.
    Has anyone else experienced the same frustration with these feet?

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    I don't like it either. I use just a standard 1/4" foot without any metal guide on the side.

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    I love my 1/4 foot. I have a Pfaff and I wouldn't piece without it. Yes it has the metal bar on the side. I also have 1/4 in feet that don't have the metal bar, but I prefer the one with it.
    Marie

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    Cool test...

    Will your 1/4" foot from your Pfaff fit on the Janome? Just a thought.

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    Love the bar, keeps me "in line". Once I got used to it, I have loved it.

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    I was frustrated with my plastic foot but love the all metal one.
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    This is a Test

    I like my 1/4 foot, especially the Acufeed one, on the 6600P, but I always have to adjust the needle position, or it's a VERY generous 1/4 inch. I'm still having fun learning about my machine and all the little gadgets and feet.

    My mom just got a new little Janome after having not sewn for years. She tried the 1/4 inch foot and switched back to a regular foot because she didn't like it.

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    I really like my foot - and it has the metal guide on the side.
    You can get a replacement foot for about $8 at Hancocks, Walmart, Joanns, etc and it usually doesn't have the guide. A friend of mine had it without the guide but liked mine better so went and got one like mine instead. I think it's whatever you get used to.

    You might try your zipper foot in a pinch.

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    I have a Janome and hate my 1/4 foot too. I just marked on my machine where 1/4 is and use my regular foot works for me!LOL

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    I really like my Janome 1/4" foot and use it all the time. I think we all get our favorites and like to stitck with them.

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    STILL not working right

    [quote=Christine27]I like my 1/4 foot, especially the Acufeed one, on the 6600P, but I always have to adjust the needle position, or it's a VERY generous 1/4 inch. quote]

    Ditto everything she said.

    The only part I don't like about it is that because I have to adjust the needle position, I can't use a single hole plate with it.

    I'd love to be able to get a foot with a bar on the side that we can ADJUST to a proper scant 1/4"
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I don't like it either. I use just a standard 1/4" foot without any metal guide on the side.
    Ditto
    Last edited by Jim's Gem; 10-17-2011 at 01:46 PM.

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    I have the same machine 6600P and I can never get an accurate 1/4" seam using that foot.
    CAROL

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    I had the same frustration, what is happening is the bottom of the foot is smooth...so they fixed that now with a new 1/4" called the 02 foot. The new one comes with ridges running through the bottom of the foot which holds the material from moving...much much better...this was orginally for the Horizon, but my dealer gave me the new foot for free. Ask your dealer about it...boy it made a world of difference...no longer frustrated and doing the happy dance :-D

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    I learned with the foot with the flange, so that's the one I'm comfortable with. I really like the clear plastic convertible foot. It's got a metal flange for SID as well as 1/4" seam, or you can use it without either flange. You can use this with the single hole plate as you should not have to adjust the needle to get your 1/4".

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    My biggest gripe with my Janome 9000 is that the 1/4" foot is over a 1/4" by quite a bit! And if you're using the straight stitch plate you can't bump the needle over. I really don't care for many of the Janome feet. They tend to be plastic and wobble quite a bit, so accuracy is off. It's one of the reasons I bought a Bernina. The feet will put you in the poor house, but they're all metal and last forever. And they're accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    Love the bar, keeps me "in line". Once I got used to it, I have loved it.
    DITTO..I have seen the seams of the Judged 1/4" seams and I will keep my bar on my foot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PegD
    Will your 1/4" foot from your Pfaff fit on the Janome? Just a thought.
    I have no idea. I have never had a Janome. I have had Pfaffs for the last 30 years.

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    I have a Janome and love the foot with the bar. I find if I set the stitch width at 4.5 and use this foot, it gives me a scant 1/4 inch seam. I also have the plastic foot with the red line but don't like it as well.

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    I also have a Janome with the 1/4 inch attachment. I just move my needle to the right as well, for that scant 1/4 inch. The foot with the red line I use when I am doing decorative stitching and have to follow a specific line marking.

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    I love Janome machines, but I hate those quarter inch feet with the blades. Like you, I learned to guage my 1/4 inch on an old Pfaff foot and I never could adjust to the Janome quarter inchers. So I bought a Babylock 1/4 inch foot(ESG-QF) for fifteen bucks and it works like a dream on my Janome. Of course, it doesn't work with the dual feed, but I'm OK with that.

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    i like mine..6600 also. i took off the bar on one foot, and left the bar on the other foot..(have 2 machines,the platinum,and i bought 2 ,1/4" feet)

    i want the O2 foot too..i have the little clear foot, and i do like it..but with the O2, it has a wider back end for the wider set apart feed dogs..so it should work better.

    i also have 2 seperate setting for the accufeed and the regular 1/4" foot.

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    I got my 1st Janome in 1997 & my 6600P in 2006, so I've been using the 1/4" foot for a very long time. I love it, but I do have to adjust the needle position on the 6600P to get it correct. The older one is perfect. About the dual-feed 1/4" foot - I really have to move the needle waaaay over. I found the "fence" to be quite long, so I got my Dremel tool out & cut that leg down to like the regular 1/4" foot. Now I really like it.

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    I have a Janome and love the 1/4 foot...no problems at all.

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    I love my Janome metal 1/4 inch foot. It has truly improved my 1/4 in seams, which needed it. Once I got used to it, I couldn't live without it.

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