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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Janome 9102D ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Janome 9102D
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Date: 11/8/05 5:06 PM

Okay so maybe the Viking 901 isn't the best deal, so how about the Janome 9120 D The Hancocks near me is having a one day special. There are no reviews on this machine. The retail is $349.99 and the special is $280. I sew a couple times a week and I want something that will last. So all you Janome lovers, what do you say?

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Date: 11/8/05 5:47 PM

For $349 you can go on ebay and get a new 634D which is a much nicer machine. My SIL has a 9102 and it is OK. I have a 634. The main difference seems to be some metal parts on the 634 are made out of plastic on the 9102. Other wise they look almost identical. I bought my 634 used 2 years ago and have not had a single problem with it.

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Date: 11/8/05 9:31 PM

Some New Home Janome machines can be purchased new at on line dealers for as little as $199 with free shipping. The model I purchased on line had all metal parts. The Kenmore sergers are also made Janome for about the same price. Sears does sell other brands on line too but the Kenmore sergers are sold in their stores and many feet are available for the Kenmores and Janome sergers that are in the free brochure you can pick up at Sears. The prices of the feet and serger attachments are very reasonable.

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Date: 11/9/05 0:36 AM

Thanks for commenting! I'll keep thinking, and start saving for something better. I have been thinking about the cheap brother serger at Walmart. The reviews I've read were favorable. Sigh!!! I'll keep thinking!

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Date: 11/9/05 10:11 AM

Boy, do I know what a process it can be to find the right serger. I, like you, looked long and hard at the Vikings, but could not afford the 905 . I also tried a used Babylock for a few days, but had to take it back because the Jet-Air threading was not working.

I was strongly considering the Janome 634 before I found my dear vintage Bernina serger. My Bernina dealer (who also sells Janome) spoke very highly of the Janome 644. I think both have reviews at this site. Also, one of the online dealers recently had the 634 on sale for $288. HTH

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Date: 11/9/05 6:21 PM

Hi; this is my first time writing on the site. I've never used a serger, and after reading about them so much on PR I'm thinking maybe I could use one. How does a serger complement a conventional sewing machine? I use a computerized machine that I love. Thanks!

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Date: 11/9/05 7:54 PM

Joni, I suggest to treat yourself to a demo of a serger. Then you will see all that the little beasts can do. There are many books showing what they do including the new coverhem machines including the 8 and 10 thread sergers. Sergers save time and give a professional look to garments and are used in the sewing industry. They give a nice finish to seams and cut off extra fabric. You can use them for flatlocking, gathering and puffing, blind hem and put in elastic. Some models offer more stitch programs and also do cover hem, belt loops, felled seams, deco and chain stitches, put in zippers, piping, binding, ribbon, pearls, sequins and braid and much more. You can actually use them to sew entire garments, not just as a compliment to your sewing machine.
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Date: 4/19/08 0:44 AM

I just bought the Janome 9102D serger and can't seem to get the correct thread tensions for the rolled hem feature. The manual that came with it says to adjust the tension dials to 4, 3, 7 (tension dials for right needle, upper looper, and lower looper). This caused the upper looper thread to be very, very loose on my poly/lycra knit. After much fiddling, I came up with 4, 9, 3 (differential feed at 1.5). This still has an occasion upper loop that is too loose. Can anyone offer any advice on tension settings (specifically what tension dial numbers that have worked for them for the rolled hem on this machine)? Thanks.

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Date: 4/19/08 2:39 AM

For your settings it looks like you need to reverse the settings for your upper and lower loopers. For a rolled hem the lower looper is usually set higher than the upper looper.

One of my sergers is a coverlock and has automatic tensions and the other does not and it is not a Janome. I can suggest how I set the tensions on my regular serger for rolled hems depending on the fabric..After setting the stitch finger for rolled hem, I set the needle tension between 1.5-3.5, the upper looper between 2-4 and the lower looper to get a tight roll set it to a higher number. I usually set the lower looper close to 7 but the instruction book states between 4-7 and I have even used 8.
For less of a roll for just a narrow 3 thread over edge I set the lower looper between 2-4.
I suggest to try a stitch length between 1 and 2 and width about 1.5 and to leave your differential feed in the normal setting unless you find you need to adjust it for the type of fabric you are using.

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Date: 4/19/08 12:04 PM

Betakin,

Thanks for the suggestions. I went back and tried your range settings (the Janome settings are within your range). I also changed the differential feed from 1.5 to 1. The stitch length was set to "R", which is physically between 1 and 2. My machine doesn't seem to have a stitch width option (I see no dial for it); it only has a cutting width dial (3-5mm from right needle position). I still had the same problem of a loose upper looper thread. After a half hour of fiddling with the dials this morning, it seems like 4, 8, 9 will make it look more like a rolled hem (you are right, increasing the lower looper will roll the fabric under more), but decreasing the upper looper any less than 8 will make the upper loop thread too loose. At 8 (and even at 9) it still is loose at times.

I'm not completely happy, but for the price that I got it for (at Hancock's on sale for $279) and since the other stitches work without too much fiddling and aren't too far from the settings provided in the manual, I may keep it. I'm just somewhat disappointed that the rolled hem doesn't look that nice.
-- Edited on 4/19/08 12:09 PM --

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