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Date: 1/25/14 8:09 PM

I recently acquired a Janome sewing machine and wondered if it is always necessary to use Janome bobbins.
Also is it necessary to use Janome needles on a Janome serger?

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Date: 1/25/14 8:31 PM

I come from the school of thinking that a sewing machine is best served when it is paired with genuine parts. I use Janome bobbins and nothing but. The way you can tell them form knock-offs is the Janome bobbins have the letter ''J'' imprinted on the inside spindle of the bobbin. I once purchased a small packet of bobbins I thought were Janome but turned out to be generic, every time the bobbin was low on thread it would rattle and my machine became loud with occasional thread nests. When I went back to Janome bobbins, the problem went away.... Now having said all this, I know folk will swear it doesn't matter... I guess it depends on your machine. But for me I feel I get better results.

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Date: 1/25/14 8:46 PM

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Date: 1/25/14 8:49 PM

I fully agree with Warbler about genuine Janome bobbins. I've had the same experience with generic bobbins and Janome bobbins. I have no doubt at all that Janome bobbins (with the J on the stem) perform flawlessly...and the generic bobbins rattle and jump in my Janome sewing machines...even when they are full of thread.

While there are Janome needle packs...all my Janome sewing machines did not include those when purchased...they had a pack of Organ needles. I have purchased Organ needles online and have always been pleased with them.

What model is your Janome sewing machine?

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Date: 1/25/14 8:57 PM

I have a Janome serger as well. The machine tells me exactly what kind of needles to use, but I can also buy a pack of the same ones that came with the machine from Janome. Personally, I'm sticking with the janome serger needles. The woman at the LQS that sells/services Janome had never heard of the serger needle type my machine needs, so that made me prett uncomfortable to buy a generic, yknow?

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Date: 1/25/14 9:12 PM

Which model serger do you have?

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Date: 1/25/14 10:30 PM

Thanks ladies for all your help.
My machine is the Gem Gold. The serger is the 644D. They are far from new. I will definitely take your advice and use only Janome products. Thanks again everyone!

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Date: 1/26/14 10:44 AM

I teach Janome machine classes at a dealer and use nothing but Janomes in my sewing room. These machines are designed for Organ needles. You can use Schmetz needles but you are not going to get as good a result. You're needle threader will not be lined up correctly and you will probably experience some wonky stitching on certain fabrics and using certain stitches (like zig zag.).
As for bobbins, I use only Janome bobbins. They are better quality and cheaper than generic bobbins. I hope this helps!

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Date: 1/26/14 11:05 AM

When Kenmore needles were still sold in US Sears stores...the pack was imprinted Kenmore and the needles themselves were imprinted Organ on their shanks. Wondering what is imprinted on the needle shanks of the Janome needle packs?

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Date: 1/26/14 12:27 PM

I use schmetz needles with my janome dc2013 and they work wonderfully (no issues with needle threader or stitch quality). However, I do use the Janome bobbins b/c of issues with the generic types rattling and because I didn't want to tempt fate over a slight price difference.

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