Did you know Janome makes their own brand of needles that work flawlessly with their own machines? But which needle is necessary for the particular type of stitching you are planning to do? Janome needles are color coded to aid you in choosing the correct type of needle for your project. I have heard people say the color of the needle needs to match the color of the bobbin case. This is totally wrong!! The needle color coding is totally separate to the bobbin case color coding. Do not mix up the two.
Janome offers a full line of needles that can meet your every need. Some are color coded and some are listed by size and type. Be sure to select the appropriate needle for your project for the best quality stitches.
We have posted blogs about needles in the past, but I just want to refresh your memory on the color coding of the Janome needles. If you are noticing skipped stitches, tension issues with stitches, or shredding of threads the simple answer may just be changing the needle you are using.
Blue tip needles are a size 11 and used mostly with general sewing. These have a slight ball point to them so they are good for wovens and knits. These also have an oversize eye on the needle to better accommodate the thread to prevent drag and tension stress on the top thread. It is also easier to thread with the larger size eye.
Purple tip needles also has a slightly rounded tip but it is a size 14. This has a slight flare to the needle above the eye to force the fibers of the fabric apart. This helps to prevent skipped stitches. It works well for dense embroidery designs and thick fabric. These also work well stitching through all the layers of a quilt.
Red tip needles are not ball point. These are a size 14 needle with a sharp point. This is great for working with quilting cottons and for machine embroidery. With its slightly larger eye, it works well with those tricky threads like metallic or mono-filament.
It is important to investigate which needle will be appropriate for your specific project. Do a test sew on your fabrics before you begin to see if the thread, fabric, bobbin case, and needle selection all match up for the best possible stitch quality.
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