Bartack Stitch Tutorial – How to Use on Janome Machines

Last Updated on July 20, 2023

Bartack Stitch Tutorial: The bar tack is an essential stitching technique used to reinforce the ends of seams or secure areas that undergo high stress in sewing projects.

Bartack Stitch Tutorial
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Bartack Stitch Tutorial Step by Step

Here, we will focus on using the built-in bar tack feature found on Janome sewing machines. Whether you own a Janome 3160 or any other model with this function, the process remains consistent, and you can easily create sturdy bar tacks.

Step 1: Selecting the Bar Tack Stitch

Bartack Stitch Tutorial
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To begin, locate stitch number 58 on your Janome machine. Using the stitch cursor, navigate to stitch 58, representing the bar tack.

When selecting this stitch, you will notice that it requires a specific presser foot, usually Foot F, which differs from the standard Foot A. Foot F has a groove at the bottom, allowing for smoother fabric flow during the bar tack formation.

Step 2: Preparing for the Bar Tack

Preparing for the Bar Tack
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Place Foot F onto the machine and ensure the needle is in its highest position. Thread your sewing machine, and ensure the thread is placed under the foot, ready for sewing.

Step 3: Creating the Bar Tack

Creating the Bar Tack
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The bar tack is sewn in three stages: a locking stitch, backward stitching, and a zigzag stitch. It starts from one end, moves backward, and then moves forward to form the zigzag.

  • Begin by pressing the foot pedal to initiate the stitching. The machine will produce a locking stitch to secure the starting point.
  • It will then proceed to stitch backward for about 5/8 inch (default length). You can adjust the width and density of the bar tack according to your preferences using the stitch width and length controls.

Step 4: Adjusting Bar Tack Length

You’ll need to use the reverse button if you want a shorter bar tack. To make it work, avoid starting any stitching before shortening the bar tack.

For example, if you wish to make a bar tack only 1/4 inch long, allow the machine to stitch backward for approximately 3/16 inch. Then, press the reverse button. The machine will stop at the desired length, creating a shorter bar tack.

Step 5: Finishing the Bar Tack

Finishing the Bar Tack
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The machine will beep three times when the bar tack is complete. At this point, release the foot pedal and remove the fabric from under the presser foot.


The built-in bar tack feature on Janome sewing machines allows you to create strong and secure stitches, reinforcing crucial areas in your sewing projects. Following this tutorial and understanding the adjustments available, you can confidently sew bar tacks on various fabrics and achieve professional-looking results. Happy sewing!

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