Life can get a little sticky sometimes. In general, that statement covers a vast array of scenarios. But in the world of sewing, we’re usually talking about laminates, vinyls, faux leather, oil cloth, and the other sticky fabric substrates that look cool but can be challenging to sew. The surfaces of these specialty fabrics love to drag across your presser foot and/or needle plate, causing your stitching to bunch or break. Plus, with non-wovens, once you make a hole it’s there to stay. So the last thing you want are extra holes due to messed up seams. The Janome Ultra Glide Foot and its accompanying Needle Plate give you the ability to sew through your sticky situations like a hot knife through butter.
The Janome Ultra Glide Foot is made from a special resin that allows the foot to smoothly move across sticky surfaces that can catch and grab a standard metal presser foot. Faux leather, vinyl, plastic, ultra-suede, oil cloth, laminated cottons… the choices in innovative surfaces are wide and varied, and this foot works well on them all.
The wrong side of many of these substrates is often more “cloth-like,” so when stitching right sides together, a standard presser foot can be completely fine. But for topstitching or any seams where the sticky surface is facing out, the Ultra Glide Foot comes to the rescue.
Add the Ultraglide Needle Plate and you’re covered for situations when the sticky surface is facing out on both the top and bottom, such as when topstitching a strap. This plate uses the same non-stick technology as the Ultra Glide Foot so your project can flow under the foot without sticking to either surface. It feels like your sewing on a traditional cotton.
The Ultra Glide Needle Plate works with the Janome 9mm stitch width machines, which includes the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, 14000, and QuiltMaker 15000, as well as the MC8200QCPSE, MC8900QCPSE, MC9400, MC9450QCP, MC9900, MC6700, and the Skyline S5, S6, S7, and S9. These models feature a quick change needle plate that makes changing to the Ultra Glide Plate (as well as the available Straight Stitch Plate) fast and easy; there are no special tools required. Check your manual for more details or take a quick look at this Janome video, which demonstrates the quick change process on the MC15000.
Setting up the machine
- Remove the standard presser foot, by pushing the release button or lever at the back of the foot holder.
- Place the Ultra Glide foot into position under the foot holder.
- Lower the foot holder to snap on the new foot.
NOTE: This action may vary slightly based on the machine model you are using. Some models are a manual snap-on as described and some of the more advanced models feature a one-touch button to raise and lower the foot, making it even faster.
- To add the Needle Plate, first pop out the standard needle plate.
- Then drop-and-snap-in the Ultra Glide Plate. As mentioned above, refer to your manual or view the Janome video for details on this quick change feature for the plates.
- Once both the foot and plate are in place, stitch as normal.
- The needle hole in the foot is broad enough to accommodate a standard straight stitch as well as a zig zag or even a decorative stitch. As with any new accessory, always test your stitch selection on a fabric scrap to insure all your settings are working well prior to diving in to your actual project.
- For more information about sewing techniques when working with these types of substrates, you can check out of these helpful Sew4Home tutorials:
- Successful Sewing with Laminated Cottons, Oilcloth and other Sticky Stuff
- Sewing with Faux Leather
- Working with PUL (polyurethane laminate)