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dragon10
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Date: 11/7/10 0:50 AM

I'm thinking of getting myself some feet for my Janome sewing machine for Christmas. Have been planning to get a gathering foot and teflon foot for awhile.

What feet do you consider essential or really, really helpful when sewing? I do garment sewing only.

Thanks in advance.

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Date: 11/7/10 3:15 AM

What is a feller foot please? I had not heard of that. Thanks!

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Date: 11/7/10 3:34 AM

I personally like having an open toe foot to use for applique & to see better in small areas, also a 1/4" foot helps with straight seams & has many uses...the usual zig zag, zipper, straight stitch. I myself like a walking foot for thicker items. These are not snap on however like most modern Janome feet are but I really like them & find it helpful for heavier thicker things. ....You might also like a ruffler, I have one though I have not used it on any garment yet but I have seen it used on TV for very nice gathers like on hem of some garments for flounce & aprons...I like to make aprons. The ruffler is also a screw on foot mostly ...mine is screw on. ....hope this helps.
Some dealerships will put a small kit together for you & then the prices would cheaper if you tell them you want certain feet for say .... garment sewing, ..or quilting....etc. The dealership we used to have would do that for people.
Have a nice Christmas with your purchases!

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Date: 11/7/10 3:41 AM

Here is a link to the PR thread that lists all of the articles on presser feet offered by Sewing Machines Plus (the felling feet is near the top of the list):
PR thread.

I really like the rolled hem feet for my machines. They take a while to master but make the double hemming so much easier.

I recently added to my collection both the adjustable bias binding foot as well as a regular bias binding foot. Out of those two I recommend getting the adjustable one, I had a hard time getting more than a couple layers of fabric into the slot since the regular foot is metal and does not flex.

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Date: 11/7/10 3:49 AM

Fellers (4mm, 6mm), hemmers, edgestitching foot (use the blind hem foot for this). These are the feet I use the most.

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Date: 11/7/10 10:30 AM

I use my edge stitch foot and zipper foot most of all. I do have a teflon foot and do not use it much but when I do nothing else would works, so I like it too.

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Date: 11/7/10 12:42 PM

Here's a YouTube video of a felling foot in action on a Pfaff machine. This one is plastic but others are metal:

Felling Foot
-- Edited on 11/7/10 12:43 PM --

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Date: 11/7/10 2:39 PM

I like my walking foot. I don't use it very often, but I'm glad I have it when I need it. I use my roller foot quite a bit because I think it helps glide over the fabric without one piece getting shorter than the other. An invisible zipper foot is useful, too.

I've bought several feet for my Janome from Nancy's Notions. She has a good selection and pretty low prices. There are some tips about what the different feet are good for, too. I

Nancy's Notions

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Date: 11/7/10 4:39 PM

Thanks for all the replies and web information. I'm definately going to add the 1/4" to the list and the edge stitching foot. Anything to help make the seams straighter. Am contemplating bias binder and pintuck feet as well. Don't know how often I would use them but having them when I need them would be useful.

I love my blindstitching foot and my invisible zipper foot and they do make the tasks so much easier.

I think my credit card is going to have a workout. I'm in Australia and the exchange rate with the US$ has improved (for OZ). To buy these feet here they cost about Aus$30 but in the US they are about $14 - $16. I kind of figure that I can by twice as many feet they I usually would!

Many thanks again for all the useful advice.

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Date: 11/7/10 5:48 PM

Dear dragon10

I read the postings 2x and didn't see a mention of what bobbin system your Janome has...so be sure when ordering feet that you get ones that will fit your machine's bobbin system...either horizontal (aka: drop-in or top-loading) or vertical (aka: front-loading).

Also, I would suggest getting a button sewing foot (again be sure to order one that is for your machine's bobbin system). Do you sew on buttons with your sewing machine?

I so much prefer sewing on buttons by machine than by hand. It can take a few practice times to get use to setting the zig zag to fit in the button eyes and turning the work to do the other set of eyes in a four eye button, but after getting use to it, it's so much fun...and fast. One thing though, the needle will dull and become useless for sewing if it scapes the button.

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