Saturday, 16 June 2012

Issue with Janome Zipper Foot


Does anyone else have this problem? The zipper foot gets me past the magnetic catch just fine, but the part where it snaps onto the machine gets in my way!

Apart from sewing further away from the magnetic catch, which is the obvious solution, does anyone have any ideas to get around this problem? Is there an alternate Janome foot that is not a "snap-on" that I can use? I can't think of any examples at the moment, but this is not the first time I have had this issue with the Janome zipper foot.


By the way, if I were to sew further away, I may as well use a standard foot. If you can see, on the other side of the magnetic catch, I have a bulky seam to sew along too, so that doesn't help either. So frustrating!

Update: You can see my solution here: Sashiko Satchel


  1. Can you move the needle position further to the left? not sure if that will help, as I can't work out which bit of the seam you are lining up with the zipper foot. Good luck with it.

  2. I have that exact sanme problem!

  3. Yes this has happened to me as well. Nicoles stitching around her magnetic snaps etc look so neat and mine look like I'm sewing drunk.

    I did some searching just after reading your blog post and wondered about other feet.

    I found this: - but you'd have to look to see if it would fit your machine. Maybe your sewing machine retailer could get something like it in for you?

  4. AH, you've hit on one of my little hobby-horse subjects...One of my pet hates. WHAT THE HECK WERE JANOME THINKING when they designed this foot??!! I can't even sew a zipper in with these feet.

    You can get a generic narrow zipper foot for Janome. There's an Ebay shop that sells them -

  5. Oh, and by the way - I put the magnetic snap in last so I don't have to stitch past it. I jsut hate Janome zipper feet for sewing zips.

  6. That's why I love my Bernina. The zipper foot is narrow & would zip past that magnetic clip without a hitch. I've sewn with janome's & their zipper foot is only one of the bug bears I have with them.


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