GLAD YOU ASKED THAT: What is the difference between the various Janome needle plates?

 

I get quite a few queries about needle plates. Questions like: what is the difference between this one and that one? And our newer HP needle plate has some people confused. I am also asked what all the markings on the needle plate are for but I won’t cover that question today. We will keep that for another time.

 

Zig-zag plate:

Janome includes at least one needle plate with every sewing machine. This is the zig-zag plate on all sewing machines which have button holes or zig-zag and other decorative stitches. Some machines have 5mm wide stitches, other have wider 7mm stitches and others still have larger 9mm wide. The opening in the needle plate needs to be large enough to accommodate the side to side swing of the needle as it sews these various stitches. Your Janome sewing machine will have the appropriate zig-zag plate for your stitching.

9mm wide opening in the zig-zag needle plate. This is the Easy Set needle plate which may be found on a number of our machines. The thread is tucked into the grey area to the left of the bobbin and is then cut off. The bobbin thread does not need to be pulled up like we used to do….brillant!

Straight stitch plate:

Janome highly recommends you use the straight stitch plate when you are doing ……straight stitching. Why? When you stitch with a top load bobbin system, the stitches are formed in such a way that using a straight stitch plate creates nice straight stitch formation. It tightens up the action of the needle bar. When do you use this plate? We recommend you switch to this plate when you are doing 1/4 inch piecing; drapes and bed linen where you have long straight seams; and free motion quilting.  Many of our machines are quite sophisticated and when you attach the straight stitch needle plate to the machine, it automatically grays out all stitches which are not straight. Very clever…..no mistakes with breaking a needle on the plate if you try to do a buttonhole?!

Note there are several holes which allows for moving the needle position to exactly where you need it.

Some Janome machines come standard with this straight stitch plate. If not, there may be an optional accessory plate you may purchase from your local Janome dealer.

 

Our Janome 1600P machine obviously comes with only this plate as it is a straight stitch only machine which sews at a super fast 1600 spm and is a perennial favourite Janome model.

HP Needle plate:

 

Some of our Janome machines now have this new HP needle plate. It is used in conjunction with the HP foot.  

It is essentially a straight stitch plate with left position stitching but on select Janome models (MC15000 Quilt Maker; MC6700P and MC9400 only) the firmware on the machine automatically moves the needle to the left when this needle plate is attached to the machine.  Another clever Janome feature! The left needle position and narrow configuration of the HP foot make for wonderfully smooth and neat stitching in lines or curves.  This is extremely useful for top stitching; high speed straight stitching and also 1/4 inch piecing for quilting.

JANOME ONE STEP NEEDLE PLATE REMOVAL
Pic courtesy of Sew4home

Some Janome machines require that you remove the screws holding the needle plate in place to switch out the plates. Other newer models have the very incredible one step needle plate removal where you just press a lever and the plate pops up. No screws, no screw drivers, just easy needle plate removal. Switch out needle plates the very easy Janome way or clean your bobbin area so much easier. Janome thinks of everything!

Pic courtesy of sew4home.com

AND we have one other needle plate which might interest you: the Janome Ultra Glide needle plate and foot. This is a teflon coated needle plate for even easier fabric movement and stitching. Here’s the scoop on this lovely over at sew4home.

Does your Janome have a straight stitch plate? If it does, do you use it as we recommend?

Do you wish you had the Easy set bobbin system and one step needle plate removal ? Please see your local authorized Janome dealer who can show you machines which have these features.

Have you tried the HP foot & plate? Ask your local authorized Janome dealer to show you how slick this is.

Got any questions we have not answered yet in this GLAD YOU ASKED THAT series? Drop us a note in the comment box and we will see what we can do to answer your questions.

 

 

 

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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16 Responses to GLAD YOU ASKED THAT: What is the difference between the various Janome needle plates?

  1. Jenni Hay says:

    I am using the HP foot with the straight plate on my Horizon 8200 with good results. Will this do any damage to my machine? The plates look the same in always. Would hate to stop using it but not at the expense of my machine

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Jenni,

      The information we were given some time back here in Canada was that the HP plate is NOT compatible with any machines other than the MC9400, MC9450, MC6700P and MC15000 Quilt Maker. In other words, we would not recommend using it on the MC8200. Perhaps you would be wise to check with Janome Australia to confirm this.

      liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  2. Wendy Greber says:

    I have the ultra glude foot for my 9400. Can you buy the ultra glide plate only.

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  3. Carol Mathers says:

    good article! thank-you!

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  4. Natalie says:

    I love using my HP foot on my 6700P. My question is. What is the little round hole on the HP foot used for?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Natalie
      That is a safety feature in case the middle needle position is used. The HP needle plate automatically moves the needle position to the left but if by chance someone forgets to exchange the regular needle plate for the HP one, that hole is centre needle position and wont break the needle on foot and plate. Just to prevent accidents. If discover another purpose I will let you know.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  5. Sonia says:

    I have the ultra glide foot for my 11000, do you think they will ever make the plate to go with it for this model. it would be nice to have both. I have recently been sewing with vinyl and can see where this would be very helpful.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Sonia,

      I am not aware of any plans to offer an ultra glide needle plate for 7mm models without easy set bobbin system – like the MC11000. But I can certainly put the suggestion forward to our R&D team.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  6. Vicki says:

    I know this has nothing to do with this post but I’m looking for a carry tote for my Janome skyline s7 no wheels…. ever thing I find is to small or way to big. Does anyone know where I can buy one that will fit?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Vicki,

      I think the rationale is that with anything from Skyline & bigger, our customers would want wheels to help move it around. So most of the carry bags are for models just smaller than the Skylines. But ask your local Jnaome dealer to see if they can source an appropriate bag for you.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  7. Kathy Witdouck says:

    Great explanation. Now I’d like to know Moore about the various guide lines in the needle plates and how to use them

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    • lizafrica says:

      Sure, Kathy, we can do that for you in the coming months. Our Posts are usually scheduled 2 months ahead so it wont be immediate but I will put it into the plans (as mentioned in this post).

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  8. I didn’t realize there was a plate for the HP foot, which is what I use most of the time with my Skyline S7. Thanks for this post. It was very helpful!

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