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Thread: A couple of questions on my Janome re: 1/4" foot & needles

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    A couple of questions on my Janome re: 1/4" foot & needles

    I recently bought a Janome DC2011 (love it so far compared to the cheaper brother I had to replace).

    Anyway, I had a big pack of Organ needles - can I use those on my Janome?

    Also, the 1/4" foot my machine came with has a "guide" on it - I can see the benefit of that, but to be honest, I really hate having that guide on there. Does Janome sell a 1/4" foot without the guide? Or would it be possible to use the foot I used on my Brother machine?

    Thanks

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    They may be interchangeable, but honestly, your dealer might have one that is made for your machine. Having the correct foot is well worth the investment.

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    I too just got a new Janome but it is the DC2012; (lime green my fav color) LOL I'd suggest you call your dealer and check with them, before trying something different on your new 'baby'. They should be able to help you with the 1/4 foot as well, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the guide on the 1/4 foot, It has been a HUGE help to me. WHat about just using the regular foot and marking your 1/4 houw ever you did on the Brother, or mark the 1/4 with tape or by drawing a black line on it with a sharpie, jsut a few suggestions.
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    Yes, i use organ needles in all three of my Janomes. They will work just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa View Post
    Yes, i use organ needles in all three of my Janomes. They will work just fine.
    Same here.

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    Organ needles will be fine. Janome makes a clear convertible 1/4" foot that I love for piecing. It's a clear foot and it has both a detachable 1/4" guide and a detachable stitch in the ditch guide. I use it without either and it's perfect!

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    Organ needles are what are shipped with the Janome machines so no problem using them. I do like the convertable foot as well. I have had several Janome's -- the clip-on part of some of them are wider than others so some of the feet are not interchangable. There are different widths of the feed dogs so the the feet need to properly position on the feed dogs so it is a good idea to stick with feet that work with the ankle and feed dogs of your machine.
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    If the Organ needle is the CORRECT SIZE, it will work just fine. I buy Organ needles in 100 packs/boxes. Please note that the SIZE is the most important thing. I just spent $350 repairing a serger that I damaged (the worst the repairman had ever seen) because I had utilized the wrong size needle.

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    I have Janome DC 2008. It did not come with the 1/4 inch foot and I had to buy one. I love having the guide on it. It helps me have more accurate seam allowances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa View Post
    Yes, i use organ needles in all three of my Janomes. They will work just fine.
    Me too... I love Organ needles.
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    Any universal short shank 1/4" foot should fit your Janome. Try the one from your Brother as I think it will fit. I know that I use my old Singer buttonholer on my Janome 6500 and it works just fine. Bernina or Husqvarana feet will not fit a Janome but there is no reason that Brother feet should not work.
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    The Organ needle will work fine. I love my 1/4" foot. I took hot pink nail lacquer and polished the tip of the guide. I was surprised at what a difference that made in the ability to see it. Maybe you could try that.

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    Thank you everyone! Glad to know I can use the Organ needles and that there is another convertible foot out there I might like better.

    I think the guide is great for piecing blocks, but sometimes I want to stitch thicker stuff with a 1/4" seam and that guide seems to get in the way more than it helps.

    Thanks again

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    I love the guide on my Janome 1/4 foot!
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    I bought a 2nd foot and snapped off the guide. Sometimes I like the guide but most times not.

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    My Viking and Bernina have 1/4" feet and the 1/4" feet with the guide. The ones with the guide are true 1/4". They are bigger than 1/4" if I have the fabric go up against the guide. So I don't use those. Waste of money IMO!
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