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Accessories We Love: Janome Ultra Glide Foot & Needle Plate

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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 Set gives 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 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.

Sew something sticky: Happy Oilcloth Outdoor PillowsFarmer’s Market Laminated Tote or On-The-Go Booster Seats.

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.

Sew something sticky: Laminated Toiletry Travel BagLittle Sunshine Laminated Diaper Tote, or Toddler's Laminated Cotton Project Apron.

The Ultra Glide Needle Plate works with the Janome 9mm stitch width machines, which includes the Horizon Memory Craft 12000, 14000 and 15000, as well as the MC8200QCPSE, MC8900SE, MC9400, MC9900, and the Skyline S5 and S7. 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 process on the MC15000.

The Ultra Glide Foot itself is available singularly to fit both 9mm machines as well as the majority of the 5-7mm models. Check the full list of applicable models from Janome

Setting up the machine

  1. Remove the standard presser foot, by pushing the release button or lever at the back of the foot holder.
  2. Place the Ultra Glide foot into position under the foot holder.
  3. 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. 
  4. To add the Needle Plate, first pop out the standard needle plate. 
  5. 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.

Stitching

  1. Once in place, stitch as normal. 
  2. 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. 
  3. For more information about sewing techniques when working with these fabrics, you can check out of these helpful Sew4Home tutorials:

The Ultra Glide Foot as well as the Ultra Glide Foot & Plate Set are both available from authorized Janome dealers. Find a dealer near you. 

And, to stay up-to-date on all the news from Janome, visit their website and/or follow the creativity on their blog, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube 

Projects to try

Once you’re set up with your very own Ultra Glide Foot or the Foot and Plate Set, here are some fun Sew4Home projects to try it out with:

All-Weather Tote in Cotton Laminate

Happy Oilcloth Outdoor Pillows

Mini Clean Mats in Laminated Cotton

Little Sunshine Laminated Diaper Tote

Laminated Toiletry Travel Bag

Farmer’s Market Laminated Tote

Vanity Table Top and Skirt

Toddler Splat Mat with Carrying Case

On-The-Go Booster Seats

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Comments (8)

LeslieGr said:
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I wonder - is there an equivalent product for other machines?  I actually have a White - it's not exactly a new model, but it's a pretty good machine. I thought I actually had read somewhere that there were some of those very handy attachments that are fairly universal. 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@LeslieGR - Unfortunately, that's a question we can't answer. The foot and plate reviewed above is specifically for Janome models. You might want to reach out to your local dealer to see if there's something similar for your make and model. 

mary coakley said:
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I read about foot glide,overlock ,as I am new to sewing can you please direct me to a tutorial on you pages?I like some of your projects and hope to try one myself,is there a beginners sewing tutorial to help beginners? thank you.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ mary - Welcome! Glad you are liking what you see at the site! We work very hard to make sure all our projects can be completed by sewers of all skill levels. We don't have just one article that covers everything, but if you look in our Project Index (http://www.sew4home.com/project-index), you'll see a category called Basic Techniques" - there are a lot of good choices here. Regarding things to make, try a pillow to start. Below is a link to just one suggestion that is extra easy, but again - the Project Index (or just browsing through the Pillows and Cushions category from the top tabs) has more ideas. 

http://www.sew4home.com/projects/pillows-cushions/xtra-ez-nine-patch-pil...

auntbarky said:
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I'm wondering how this would work with other fabrics that tend to "walk".  These tools looks great.  I've been wanting to try sewing on laminate but knew it would be difficult without the right tools.  Thanks for the info! 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@auntbarky - If by "walk" you mean kind of slip and slide, then no - this foot isn't designed for that. You'd want an Even Feed or Walking foot to help keep layers from shifting. 

MomOfEvilGeniuses said:
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Would the plate fit on the HD3000?  I have the ultra glide foot and it's awesome, but I bet the plate would make it even easier to sew vinyl!  Or do they have one for the heavy duty machines?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@MomOfEvilGeniuses - (just gotta say I love your user name) - Currently, the plate is designed for the 9mm width machines. There's a list of models above. So, not available at the moment for the HD3000, but we will certainly pass along your comment to Janome. 

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