Which Bobbin Case is Which?

Let's talk about an often neglected, but very critical component of the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP sewing machine: the bobbin case. There always seems to be lots of confusion when it comes to the choices in Janome bobbin cases. Red, blue or yellow* – which is the right one to use for this project? Don’t worry, it’s actually very simple and I’ll explain the differences and uses for each in today’s blogpost.

First, let’s talk about the red dot bobbin case, which is the one that came pre-loaded in your Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP. This is the bobbin case that you will use whether you are sewing the hem on a garment or piecing together strips for a quilt. That was pretty easy, wasn’t it?

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Now there are two other bobbin cases to discuss: the blue dot one and the yellow dot one. Both of these are optional bobbin cases that you would have to purchase for an additional fee.

The blue dot bobbin case is one that you will definitely want to buy if you are a quilter. It’s the one that you will want to have in the machine when you are free motion quilting as it has a looser tension than the standard red dot bobbin case. Okay, so you free motion quilters out there, be sure to have the blue dot bobbin case in your machine when you are free motion quilting. It makes a huge difference.

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Last, let’s take a look at the yellow dot bobbin case. This bobbin case has twice the tension of the standard red dot bobbin case. This one isn’t included with the Janome 9400 and you probably won’t need to buy it because it is used for machine embroidery. This bobbin case is standard with the Janome Memory Craft 500E, as it is an embroidery machine, but since the Janome 9400 doesn’t have an embroidery module, you won’t be needing or using the yellow bobbin case. So you can just forget about the yellow bobbin case when discussing the bobbin cases that you might want to consider when using the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP.

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It really comes down to two bobbin cases for consideration when creating on the Janome 9400: the standard red dot bobbin case for most of your stitching and the blue dot bobbin case when you are free motion quilting.

To see more about the Janome bobbin cases, watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel. Just click on the image below.

Do you use the blue dot bobbin case for your Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400QCP? Let me know in the Comments below how you like free motion quilting with this bobbin case on your machine.

*You will sometimes hear these bobbin cases referred to as the blue (yellow or red) dot, blue arrow or just blue bobbin case - they are all referring to the same colour bobbin case.


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