Sewing Machines

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.

Creatively,

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Personalize Your Janome 9400

One of the options on my Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP is the ability to change some of its settings so I can customize the machine to my specifications. I can't change everything on the machine - I'd have to have one custom built to do that - but there are many features that can be adjusted to my liking.

I know that some quilters like to hear everything that their machine is doing and receive these confirmations in the form of "beeps". For other quilters, these beeps can be quite annoying and distracting. The Janome 9400 allows you to adjust the volume of these "reminders" or even turn them off entirely. 

Another option allows you to change the brightness of the machines' LED screen, so you can make it brighter or less bright, depending on your preference. 

You can even turn lights on or off on the machine, if you'd like.

Watch the video below or on my YouTube channel to see all of the customizable options of the Janome 9400.

What options can be customized on your sewing machine? Leave me a Comment below to tell me what options you have changed on your sewing machine and why you did this.

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Walking Foot Comparison: Janome vs Bernina

One of the sewing machine feet that I absolutely have to have is the walking foot. Some people call this a dual fee foot or an even feed foot, but I always use the term "walking foot". 

What is a walking foot and why do I believe it is so important? The walking foot works with the feed dogs to move the top fabric along at the same rate as the bottom fabric. This helps to avoid a situation where the top fabric is being moved along at a quicker rate than the fabric you are sewing it to (the bottom fabric). 

When do I use the walking foot? I use it when I'm stitching borders to the sides of my quilt top. I also use it for quilting. I use it to stitch binding on to my quilt. See? The walking foot has lots of uses!

Some walking feet come with the sewing machine when you purchase it while others are an additional cost. I strongly recommend that you purchase a walking foot if one didn't come with your machine. It is a foot that you will use over and over again.

You will find marks on some walking feet that indicate the 1/4" mark or 1/2" mark. This can be very helpful when you want to stitch a 1/4" seam. It's also helpful when you want to stitch a 1/4" or a 1/2" away from a previously stitched line.

As I have both a Bernina sewing machine and a Janome one, I was able to show you the difference between their walking feet.  The video below or on my YouTube channel shows you these differences.

If you have a walking foot for your sewing machine, take a closer look at it. Does it have markings to indicate a 1/4" or other measurements on it? Leave me a Comment below to tell me about your sewing machine's walking foot and how you like to use it.

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How to Get an Accurate 1/4" Seam Allowance on the Janome 9400

What do quilters strive to achieve in their quilting? Besides perfection, of course! An accurate 1/4" seam allowance. I've heard so many quilters say that they struggle to get that perfect 1/4" seam allowance that makes all the difference in their quilts.

 
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My Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP (Janome 9400) includes a new needle plate and foot that makes getting an accurate 1/4" seam allowance a piece of cake! 

 
HP Needle Plate that comes with the Janome 9400

HP Needle Plate that comes with the Janome 9400

 

The HP needle plate and foot work together to stitch a perfect 1/4" seam. These two can only be used when straight stitching and once you pop in the HP needle plate, the Janome 9400 automatically recognizes the stitch choices that can be used with this needle plate.

 
HP foot on the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP

HP foot on the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP

 

I so appreciate this feature of the machine as it prevents me from using a stitch that would cause the needle to strike the needle plate and break and perhaps damage my sewing machine.

 
Janome 1/4 inch seam foot O

Janome 1/4 inch seam foot O

 

The Janome 9400 still comes with the 1/4 inch seam foot O too: this is the one that has the fabric guide along the side, if you prefer to use it, but I must say, that my go to combination when piecing is now the HP needle plate and foot.

Watch the video below or on my YouTube channel to see the options available when you want to stitch a 1/4" seam.

If you would like more information on the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP, you can find videos on it in this playlist.

Does your sewing machine have a 1/4" foot that allows you to stitch a perfect 1/4" seam? Leave me a Comment below to tell me how you achieve an accurate 1/4" seam when you are piecing.

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I've Added Another Vintage Sewing Machine to my Collection!

"This is the last vintage sewing machine that I'm going to buy". I know I have said it before, but I always mean it... until I see that vintage sewing machine that I just have to have! 

What did I add to my collection this time? A Singer 15-97 with RAF decals and a special badge.

I originally thought that this was a Singer 15-90 or perhaps a 91, but when I checked it out, I found out that it was a 15-97 model. I'd never heard of this model, so luckily for me, the instruction booklet was with the machine. 

The badge was also something I'd never seen before. It is a Canadian National Exhibition badge which indicates that this is a limited edition model that was purchased at the CNE. (If you are interested in information about the CNE, click here).

I also managed to get a few other items with this machine, that I was excited about too.

Watch the video below or on my YouTube channel to see my latest acquisition and the extra goodies that came with it.

If you have information about the Singer 15-97 model, please leave me a Comment below. I'd love to learn more about this model.

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