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Accessories We Love: The Janome Sliding Guide Foot - Now Available in 9mm Width!

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A skosh, a wee bit, just a hair... sometimes, the distances we want to work with in sewing aren't quite as precise as the engraved inch and millimeter markings on our machines. Wouldn't it be great if there was a foot you could manually adjust to perfectly align with the exact distance you wanted? There is! The Janome Sliding Guide Foot has a perfectly balanced outboard guide you can smoothly slide to the right then lock into place, from ⅜" to 1⅛" from the center needle drop (10mm - 30mm). I love it when someone answers my "wouldn't-it-be-great" requests!

Easy to attach and adjust

The Sliding Guide Foot was originally designed to fit all Janome 7mm and 5mm stitch width models with a top loading bobbin. It recently became available for the Janome 9mm stitch width models so now we can all share the love! Check with your local dealer; the foot may work on other brands and/or there may be a similar foot available for your particular machine.

To attach the foot, remove the existing presser foot and snap the Sliding Guide Foot into place. 

Release the gray locking lever at the back of the foot by pushing it toward you. 


Slide the guide to the right to your desired distance. The measurement is figured from the center needle drop to the inside edge of the flange. 

There are inch markings along the bottom of the guide and millimeter markings along the top.

An oval viewing window at the outer edge of guide has similar red markings top and bottom. Align the appropriate mark along the guide with the mark on the viewing window (bottom of the window for inches, top of the window for millimeters).  

When the two red marks are flush, push the locking lever down to secure the guide.


Of course, this is how you align for the specific measurements on the guide. The beauty is working outside of those lines. If you want to customize your distance, simply slide the guide until you reach the specific point you want, then lock it in place. 

You can use a standard seam gauge to measure from the center needle drop to the edge of the flange if you are curious about the custom stitching distance you just created. 

Set and go or adjust along the way

There's no annoying screw that has to be tightened to fix the guide in place – just pull the lever toward you to release and push down to lock. 

Set your distance to stitch equidistance lines over and over. This is a great feature for straight line quilting. Run the guide's flange right on top of the previous line of stitching, similar to a Ditch Quilting Guide.

It's super fast to adjust individual rows of stitching. This is a fun feature for multiple lines of decorative stitching: stitch two close together, change settings, and stitch the next one farther apart, then quickly change back for another set of two close together. Depending on your preference, it's easy to set the distance down the center of the previous line of stitching or along the inner or outer edge of the stitch pattern. 

Ideal for hemming

This foot makes fast work of even the longest of hems. Set the appropriate width, place the folded edge of the hem up against the flange, and go. When you're using a contrasting color or even a decorative stitch as a hem accent, it has to be accurate or the effect is lost. The Sliding Guide Foot keeps things straight and true.

Ask your Dealer for a demo

This is a wonderful specialty foot for a myriad of tasks. Take it on a test run at your local dealer to see how easy and functional it is.

Remember, there is one Sliding Guide Foot to fit all Janome 7mm and 5mm stitch width models with a top loading bobbin and one to fit all Janome 9mm stitch width models. Check with your local Janome America Dealer for more information about how it can work with your machine.

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Comments (16)

Melanie Ursula said:
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Wow, what as great idea!  It's now on the perpetual Wish List.

Brenda R London said:
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wow, this could take decorative stitiching and hems to a professional look. thanks Janome.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Brenda - Yes it does! Check it out at your local dealer's store. 

Wendy H. said:
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 This is wonderful! I'm so glad you post on all the recent things going on with Janome, thank you!! New one to add to my collection of feet! I'm very happy to note that it's also for the 9mm size as well 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Wendy - You are so welcome. There's always lots going on with Janome!

Jane Coombs said:
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An engineering marvel. My next machine is going to be a Janome Skyline.

Betty J. said:
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But will it fit on other machines?  I have a Viking Designer II.  It only has metric on the plate.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Betty - Traditionally, branded feet are meant to work with their particular machine brand. As we are unfamiliar with the Viking models, you would need to reach out to your local to dealer to find out about compatibility.

scootertn said:
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What a help this attachment can be!  I don't have one either and searched the item online.  Looks like $50 is the going rate.  However, I did find ALLBRANDS website, don't have any connection to them just looking for best pricing.  I did get a great deal here listing $39.99, adding LUVMOM for a $4 discount bringing my total to $35.99.  

I appreciate the inspiration your posts provide and LOVE my Janome!

mpistey said:
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And I thought that I had all of the feet I need!  I'll be picking that one up soon!