Janome Intelligent Feed System (SFS-i)

The Intelligent Feed System (SFS-i), is the latest evolution of the Janome Superior Feed System +.

The Superior Feed System + features a 7 piece feed dog that moves in a box feed motion, as opposed to the traditional elliptical motion. This means that when the feed teeth come up from below the needle plate they all come up at the same time, gripping the fabric from below and moving the fabric evenly. At the end of the movement all of the feed teeth drop at the same time, ensuring that there is no fabric movement when the needle is in the fabric. This style of movement, combined with Adjustable Foot Pressure, give the SFS + models strong and consistent fabric feeding capabilities.

On the Continental M7 Professional, a new feature has been added to the SFS-i, where the feed teeth will automatically lower when the foot is raised, and the feed teeth will then raise again once the machine begins sewing. This is especially handy when sewing with bulky fabric, overlocked fabric, stretch fabric, t-shirt fabric and fabric with a looped pile, as the fabric can easily be placed before sewing and removed at the end of sewing without any risk of the feed dogs catching on the fabric.

 

Stitch Composer Software

 

Have you ever looked at your sewing machine and wished for another stitch that would look perfect on your current project or have you just wanted to create your own unique sewing stitches that aren’t available to anyone else?

The Janome Stitch Composer PC software gives you the ability to create your own unique sewing stitches right on your computer screen. Once the stitches have been created, they are then exported via USB stick to be sewn out on the supported machine. The stitches are easy to create using the intuitive software and can be built from imported images or you can let your creative flair run wild and create from your mind, either way you will be delighted with the results.

Learn more about creating your own stitches in this video which takes you through the process to create your own stitches.

 

You can also create a stitch pattern using a background image. Click here to find out more.

The Stitch Composer software is included with the following current models Memory Craft 15000 Quilt Maker (included as a part of the Horizon Link Suite), Continental M7 Professional, Memory Craft 9450QCP, Skyline S9 and the Skyline S7 (the software was also included with the Memory Craft 12000 and Memory Craft 9400QCP.

HP2 Foot

 

AcuFeed Flex Professional Grade Foot (HP2) Part Number: 202 415 004

 

Combining the Professional Grade Foot (HP) with the AcuFeed Flex system, Janome have created the AcuFeed Flex Professional Grade Foot (HP2).

The HP2 foot is great for curves and precise topstitching, the narrow foot width and shape of the slit at the front of the foot giving superior visibility compared to other feet. The shape of the foot allows the foot to remain horizontal and the top feed dog provides smooth feeding of the top layer of fabric in sync with the bottom layer of fabric.

When sewing with the AcuFeed Flex Professional Grade Foot (HP2), the Professional Grade Needle Plate (HP), must be attached to the machine and only the available stitches for use with this needle plate will be shown. The Professional Grade Needle Plate and associated feet (HP & HP2) utilize the left side feed dogs, resulting in a stable fabric feed and optimal stitch formation, similar to that of an industrial sewing machine.

The AcuFeed Flex Professional Grade Foot (HP2) is an included accessory with:

  • Continental M7 Professional
  • Memory Craft 9450QCP

The AcuFeed Flex Professional Grade Foot (HP2) is an optional accessory for:

  • Memory Craft 15000 Quilt Maker (Ver 3.0)
  • Memory Craft 9400QCP
  • Memory Craft 6700P

For Sewing:The HP2 is great for quilting and sewing leather or vinyl, it is also great for eliminating puckering when sewing knit fabric.

For Quilt Piecing:The Janome AcuFeed Flex Professional Grade Foot (HP2) is sized perfectly for sewing a scant ¼” seam, just match the edge of the foot against the edge of the fabric and sew the perfect scant ¼” seam.

AcuFeed Flex System

 

 

Features of the AcuFeed Flex System

  • Upper Feed Teeth moves forward and then gently moves the fabric back with the Lower Feed Teeth
  • Upper Feed Teeth REPLICATES Lower Feed Teeth for maximum contact with fabric and better fabric movement, eliminating gathering, puckering and pulling
  • Twin Dual Feed Holder Upper Feed Dogs reach in front of the needle to assist in feeding from the fabric when sewing from the edge of the fabric
  • Interchangeable Sole allows for a variety of specialty feet and applications

The system uses Upper Feed Teeth in conjunction with the Lower Feed Teeth to gently move the multiple layers of fabric through the machine. The Upper feed teeth move with the fabric as the Lower feed teeth move, feeding both the top and bottom layers of fabric at the same time.

All AcuFeed Flex models come with the Twin AcuFeed foot which is a mirror image of the regular feed dogs. When the foot is lowered it then applies pressure evenly to the top and bottom of the fabric, which allows for both layers to be moved together at the same rate.

The Twin AcuFeed foot is unique because the feed teeth extend in front of the needle allowing for fabric in front of the needle to be moved by the upper feed teeth. This feature gives the AcuFeed flex system an advantage over other feet which only begin moving the fabric with the upper feed system once the fabric is past the needle.

The AcuFeed Flex system is set up so that the Upper and Lower feed teeth both move at the same rate, but there are times when the Upper feed is required to move at a faster/ slower rate. This allows the top layer of fabric to move at a different rate, eliminating puckering or stretching of the top layer if it is a different material to the bottom layer. The feeding rate of the Upper feed teeth is regulated by adjusting the Dual Feed Balance (refer to your instruction on how to adjust).

AcuFeed Flex is a feature only available on premium Janome sewing models Memory Craft 15000QM, Continental M7 Professional, Memory Craft 9450QCP, Skyline S9, Memory Craft 8200 QC, Memory Craft 6700P, Skyline S7, Skyline S6. There are three variation of Acufeed Flex feet available in the Janome range Twin, Single and Professional. There are many different options to choose from so we have listed all options below.

The twin AcuFeed Flex is Standard Accessory for ALL AcuFeed Flex models
• Dual Feed Holder (Twin) 859 817 004 (Standard part)
• Dual Feed Sole AD 859819109 (Standard part)
• Dual Feed Open Toe UD (Twin – Sole only) 202 149 004
• ¼” Piecing OD (Twin – Sole only) 202 103 004
• Ditch Quilting STD (Twin – Sole only) 202 103 006
• Straight Stitch (Twin – Sole Only) 202 102 005

AcuFeed Flex – Single
• Dual Feed Holder (Single) 859 833 006
• Dual Feed Foot VD (Single – Sole only) 859 835 101
• Dual Feed Foot ED (Single – Zipper Sole only) 859 838 001

AcuFeed Flex-Professional Grade Foot
• For use with Memory Craft 15000QM, Continental M7 Professional, Memory Craft 9450QCP, Memory Craft 6700P
• HP2 – Straight Stitch Foot – 202415004

Under Pressure

 

The Foot Pressure Adjustment Dial

Ever had silk or chiffon fabrics slip away from you, oblivious of the feed dog traction, or do you find your quilts and denims struggle to move? It’s time to look at the pressure dial for the presser foot – not to be confused with the tension dial for your needle thread.

The foot pressure adjustment dial sets the amount of pressure that the presser foot places on the fabric. The amount of pressure would need to vary if you were switching between lightweight sheer fabric and multiple layers of thick fabric for the machine to feed the fabric evenly.

Where is the Foot Pressure Adjustment?

Depending on your sewing machine model, you may find the pressure adjustment, on the left top, inside the opening top cover of your machine or your machine may have an on-screen adjustment menu.

When to Make an Adjustment to the Amount of Pressure

If you find that the fabric slithers and slips when the presser foot is down, you need to increase the pressure on the presser foot. If the fabric is held so tightly that the feed dog is unable to move the fabric, decrease the amount of pressure on the pressure foot.

Depending on your sewing machine model, you may have up to 6 foot pressure settings. We recommend setting the pressure to minimum for light weight fabric such as organza and voile, medium for fabrics such as cotton and polyester, and maximum for heavy weight fabric such as drill and denim.

Automatic Foot Pressure Adjustment

Some of our higher end computerised sewing machine models have built in sensors which will automatically detect the thickness of the fabric and make adjustment to the foot pressure. Models include HMC15000QM, MC15000, MC14000, MC12000, S9, MC9450QCP, MC9400QCP and S7.

Alternatives to Pressure Adjustment

Another solution to make your struggles with challenging fabric go much easier is to use an Even Feed Foot, also commonly known as a Walking Foot.

The foot is designed with a set of feed dogs to assist with smooth feeding. With this foot, fabric can be sewn without puckering, as the fabric is gripped and fed by both the upper and lower feed dogs.

At times, fabrics such as vinyl and faux leather may stick to a metal foot and not feed properly. An Ultra Glide Foot which is moulded from a special resin can help solve the problem.

Sewing Tip: When sewing through many layers or thick fabric, it is always recommended to also increase your stitch length. Increasing the stitch length, will increase the movement of the feed dogs, this increases the fabric being fed through the machine while sewing.

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