Seam Guide Attachment For A Walking Foot

UPDATE 11-6-2017: I’m sorry to say that the Thread Stand Hero website is no longer active.
I do not know where, or if, the Quilting Foot Seam Guide Attachment is still available. 

I love my sewing machine. She is a fantastic stitcher, an amazing free-motion quilter, and she has stitched through 18 layers of fabric, two layers of woven fusible interfacing and one layer of Peltex like it was butter. BUTTER. Room temperature butter, actually. Yeah. She’s amazing. Except for one thing.

Meet Ellie

Meet Ellie

And it’s not even her fault really. It’s the walking/even feed foot that’s the problem. The designers of this machine designed it so that you can not use the walking foot/even feed foot and a seam guide at the same time. Same with all of the other high-speed straight-stitch machines like the Juki TL series, the Janome 1600D, and the Babylock Jane. I know this, because I spent days researching and emailing several online sewing centers trying to find a foot that would work.

One of the women in a PQ1500 group I belong to said that a Janome foot would fit and work, and it does. However, it is obviously a lighter duty foot, and one must be careful not to run it hard on these machines. Another negative is that the walking/even feed foot doesn’t match up exactly with the feed dogs on the machine. That hasn’t been a problem for me yet, but it is something to note. I did a You Tube video demonstrating how the Janome foot works on my machine and a very kind and helpful commenter pointed out that there was another solution to this issue. She owns a Juki and was equally frustrated at this obvious design flaw with the walking foot.

The solution she found is the Quilting Foot Seam Guide Attachment by Thread Stand Hero.

Walking Foot Seam guide

Walking Foot Seam guide attachment

DISCLAIMER: The website states that this will NOT fit the Juki machines (and it can be inferred that applies to the other similar high-speed straight-stitch machines), and they are right.  However, there is a trick that will let you make it work!

According to the website, the seam guide is universal and will fit most feet that are 1″ wide or less.  The PQ1500S, Juki TL, Janome 1600D and Babylock Jane feet measure just over that.  The trick to get this to fit is to take the plastic cover off of the back of the foot. It is merely a cosmetic piece to cover all the metal and make the foot look nice. The cover has no function.  Since a seam guide is more important to me than a “pretty” walking foot, I have no problem with taking off the plastic piece to make this work. (To pull your cover off, from the bottom of the foot, lightly pull apart the plastic sides and slide it up and off of the foot.)

Seam Guide resting on the slanted back

Seam Guide resting on the slanted back

There are a few things to note about this guide and the particular walking foot I have.  The walking foot has a strongly slanted back. Which means the seam guide will not butt up directly against the foot.  As you can see in the picture, I put the seam guide on at a slant, and it is resting on top of the back part of the foot.  Please notice that the bottom edges of the clip part of the seam guide are sharp.  That is why I have it so high up on the back of the walking foot.  You may wish to sand/grind those sharp corners down with a dremel type tool, but I found it works just fine if I maneuver the clip part up a little higher.

Here are a few other pictures from different views for your reference:

The seam guide attachment comes with two different sized bars to allow for larger and smaller distances.  It also comes with two foam pads attached inside the clip part and two extra pads.  Since my foot is just at the 1″ measurement with the cover off, I needed to take off the foam pads inside the guide.  I’m not worried about scratching up the metal case on the foot, so it wasn’t a concern for me.

I did do some stitching with the foot today and had no issues.  The arms did vibrate a bit as I was stitching, but not so much that I couldn’t follow the previous stitching line.

I hope you found this helpful.  Sorry it’s not a bunch of pretty fabric pictures, but hopefully someone out there in the big wide interwebz will be glad to run across this post!

Be sure to visit Thread Stand Hero’s website for more information on the seam guide!

I’ve written an UPDATE on this post that you can find HERE.

Happy straight-line stitching!

10 thoughts on “Seam Guide Attachment For A Walking Foot

  1. So helpful thanks! I just duct taped a piece of wire hanger to mine. This is better! Also the info on the janome foot I had my questions about that.

    1. So glad you found it helpful! The Janome foot has worked so far for me, but I really did worry about how lightweight it was. I think this is a much better option, since it is quite a bit cheaper and we can use the original walking foot!

      ~Christine

    1. WP is STILL putting your comments in Spam! Argh!!

      I wasn’t sure if you had ordered yours yet or not. I really liked being able to use our walking foot and have a seam guide too.

    1. I was really surprised to learn that all of the high-speed straight-stitch machines are like this! It doesn’t make sense and is very frustrating. Or, I should say: WAS very frustrating!

      This has been a fantastic option, but I’ve noticed that the plastic guide bar was causing a bit of vibration in the foot that was a bit annoying to me. Not so much that it wouldn’t function properly, but a slight annoyance nevertheless. Brad had some 3/16″ aluminum tubing here that happened to be the exact fit for this, and has created a more stable arm. I’ll be updating the website with the information pictures later today.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting!! Happy Stitching!
      ~Christine

  2. I am so glad to find your post. I bought a Babylock Jane this summer that I love, other than not being able to find a walking foot with a guide bar. I have been looking everywhere since then, and yours is the best idea I have found. I had actually ordered this seam guide attachment from Nancy’s Notions. I returned it because I couldn’t get it to work. I have now just offered another one. Thanks for the great directions and pictures. I still can not believe that no one has made a walking foot with guide bar for these high speed straight stitch machines. They have been around for quite a few years and so many people have them now. I am sure a lot of people would buy them. Thanks again for your post!

    1. I am so happy you found the information helpful! I remember how frustrated I was when I realized that NONE of the manufacturers had a walking foot with a guide bar. It seemed like such a simple, yet necessary item for these machines! I’m thankful someone out there had this great idea to solve this issue for us!

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