JANOME has chosen the color red as their trademark color. It appears on their packaging, their notions, their machines, their website logo, and so much more. The color red also gives us clues as to how to use certain products they create for their machines.
I sew garments, home decor, quilts, machine embroidery, and personal accessories. I often need to change the needle and the bobbin case depending on what fabric I am using, what thread type and thickness I am using, what stabilizers I choose, and so much more. Nothing is stagnant with me when I am creating with my JANOME machine. I require the flexibility the machine can offer me when that creative mood strikes me.
JANOME has three different bobbin cases for their machines and they are all color coded for the type of sewing you are doing. The red dot case is meant to be used for general sewing projects. This case gets used the most frequently. Be sure to look for the colored marking on the case to make sure you are using the correct one for the type of stitching you are doing.
I suggest to students to have a second case on hand so they can switch it out if it gets damaged during sewing. Damage usually happens when you break a needle and it hits the bobbin case. This can pierce the case or simply leave a rough mark on the case. The thread will catch on these areas and cause all kinds of trouble with the bobbin thread.
JANOME also makes red tip needles. The red tip needle is recommended for dense embroidery designs and thicker fabrics. It is a size 14 needle with as slightly larger eye that can accommodate those tricky thicker threads.
The color coding of the products helps me to make a quick choice. There is another time when I rely on my JANOME machine to help me when I am “seeing red”. I ‘see red’ when I end up with a thread nest in the bobbin area and it is difficult to remove the project from the machine to clean up the thread jam. My JANOME MC15000 machine has a needle plate that pops off with a simple touch of a button on the base of the machine. This makes it so easy to remove the thread jam and continue stitching without affecting my project in the process. This is an absolute miracle for me!