It's also about time that I can begin to adjust to the Janome 8900 QCP SE....after all it's only been about 18 months since it was purchased!!
Some of my biggest complaints were the crappy quality of the straight stitch, how it eats fabric, and the difficulty obtaining an accurate 1/4" seam....no matter what program or foot I used.
At a recent Fiber Junkies meeting, I cut loads of squares using a Sixxz machine...which by the way.....were not accurately cut.....see the explanation here. After so much brain crunching on the latest project.....the simplistic looking pile of cut squares called.
My machine has numerous settings for use with the straight stitch plate, several that promised a trouble free, perfect 1/4" seam. However, none did....until now.
Thanks to the informed and helpful members of an online Janome owners list, I learned about the Professional Grade Foot. It was back ordered from Sewing Parts Online, which took about a month. The cost was a mere $7.00 and it changed my life!
The edge of the foot is very straight, making it easy to line up with the edge of the fabric. Just like my beloved old dead Pfaff.....sewing can begin at the top edge of the fabric without getting swallowed into the machine!
Look at this wonderful stitch....at 2.40 length. Finally, and 'it's about time'!!
Here's another method I use to help me keep track of patch placement while stitching. (I KNOW some of you are shaking your heads and saying WHAT?? She can't even manage this simple layout?) NO....age & a wandering mind is to blame.
Once I get the patchwork layout to my liking, a photo is snapped and downloaded to my nearby computer. So, if remembering which end should be attached to which end while I'm stitching.......all I have to do is refer to the photo for clarification. Like many other quilters, I label the top of each row with a reference number as well.