Introduced originally on the Memory Craft 6000 in 1983, the stitch elongation function is a feature, on many of the current Janome computerised sewing machines
Stitch Elongation allows for specific satin stitches to be sewn at different lengths, without having to change the stitch density or stitch coverage of the stitch no matter the length of the stitch.
Using the stitch elongation function, the satin stitches can be sewn at their normal length or at x 2, x 3, x 4 or x 5 times the length of the normal stitch length.
Common satin stitches which can be elongated
When using the stitch elongation function, you can create unique stitch patterns, combinations and embroideries using your sewing machine. Plus, you can adjust the individual stitch width and length within a stitch combination or when elongating the individual stitch.
Try out stitch elongation with this fun project below. We would love to see what you create using stitch elongation, post a picture to our socials to let us know.
The AcuFeed Flex Fabric Feeding System, which gives much of our range unrivalled fabric feeding capabilities by duplicating the lower feed dogs on top of the fabric with the upper feed dogs. When sewing the fabric is moved from the top and the bottom with the two feed dogs working in tandem ensuring that there is no puckering or gathering of the fabric being sewn.
AcuFeed Flex works well on multiple layers of fabric, but also when sewing all types of fabrics from the heaviest denims, vinyl, all the way down to the lightest chiffons.
Each model with AcuFeed Flex, comes with the AD Foot and Dual Holder (Twin) as standard, but specialty jobs need specialty feet and that is why Janome have a range of additional feet available. Each of the additional feet available have bee designed for a specific application, making each of them a must have addition to your sewing machine.
*Check your instruction book for the included feet with your model as included feet differ between models.
AcuFeed Flex Dual Feed Feet (attach to the Dual Feed Unit)
AD Foot- Standard AcuFeed Flex foot, designed for all of your sewing/ quilting needs when sewing with the AcuFeed Flex Dual Feed engaged. Great for quilting and general sewing with multiple layers or tricky to sew fabrics.
UD Foot- Open Toe AcuFeed Flex foot, this foot has a cutout at the front of the foot to give an unimpeded view of your sewing. Great when you are quilting around shapes/ objects or when you are appliquing.
OD Foot- ¼” AcuFeed Flex foot, the foot has a metal guide on the edge of the foot which is used to give the perfect ¼” seam every time. Use this foot with the patchwork piecing Sewing Applications menu (applicable models) or with the ¼” piecing stitch (refer to your machine manual for more information) and the Straight Stitch Needle Plate.
SD Foot- Ditch Quilting foot, this foot has a metal guide in the middle of the foot. The guide sits in the ditch formed between the seams, guiding the stitches into the ditch effectively hiding them when they are quilted.
STD Foot- Straight Stitch foot, used in conjunction with the Straight Stitch needle plate.
VD Foot- Single AcuFeed foot, the narrow VD foot works in conjunction with the Dual Feed Holder Single, to give a smaller version of the AcuFeed Flex foot. This foot still allows for a 9mm stitch width and is great for sewing on the edge while still having the benefit of the AcuFeed Flex system for great fabric feeding.
ED Foot- Single Dual Feed Zipper foot, great for inserting zippers with the added benefit of the Acufeed Feeding System. Also, useful for making and inserting larger piping cords.
AcuFeed Flex Professional Grade Foot (HP2)- This foot provides superior accuracy, with makings on the foot. The foot is great for curves and precise topstitching. To use this foot, attach the Professional Grade Needle Plate.