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Title: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Kayfersmum on November 05, 2020, 09:42:44 AM
I've got a Janome 5270QDC and have been looking at this Bias Foot https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adjustable-Binding-Babylock-Euro-Pro-Simplicity/dp/B07FLVJ175/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=janome+bias+foot&qid=1604569233&sr=8-7

This adjustable generic one looks like something I'd use more than the Janome metal one, but don't want to ruin my new shiny machine if it's not recommended  -<
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: BrendaP on November 05, 2020, 10:31:55 AM
If it fits onto your machine it should be OK.  It's a standard snap-on bar so providing it snaps on properly there's nothing to damage your machine.
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: KayK on November 05, 2020, 11:35:37 AM
Some of the generic sewing feet are made in China and are of pretty poor quality.  I feel foul of this and had a foot snap on me!  I'd rather pay for the proper job and be pretty sure it will work as it should.  I have also had generic bobbins which were found to have little tiny bits of sharp plastic not removed during manufacture, and they kept shredding the thread as it was being wound.
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Ohsewsimple on November 05, 2020, 12:41:10 PM
I wouldn’t use generic feet.  They don’t really fit properly.  You will get much better results from using the proper feet designed for your machine.  Sometimes it looks like they fit but they don’t always line up with the feed dogs properly.   Your machine is a fairly expensive piece of kit.  Don’t wreck it by using cheap feet, bobbins or thread.  Only bobbins designed for your machine should be used.  Generic ones can damage the machine.  Again they may look the same but less than a millimetre out and it won’t sew!   Cheap thread is also a no no.  It often leaves a lot of lint in the machine which gets into the works and causes problems. 
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Lowena on November 05, 2020, 12:49:22 PM
I never use generic feet
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Greybird on November 05, 2020, 12:54:09 PM
But what do you do if you can't get what you want made by the manufacturer? I was looking for a binding foot for my Emerald 118. Husqvarna do binding feet, but "not for Emerald 116 or 118".
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Ohsewsimple on November 05, 2020, 13:16:12 PM
@Greybird your Emerald is category number 5
If you look at the catalogue both the adjustable bias binder and the 1/4” bias binder are made for your machine.  Page 30
http://www.e-magin.se/latestpaper/03g36b4g/paper#/paper/3jb91pns/30
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Greybird on November 05, 2020, 13:31:59 PM
Oooh! Thank you @Ohsewsimple ! I have never seen that catalogue before - I had searched online and only come up with a lemon. I have downloaded it. Now, question is do I wait for someone to ask what I want for my birthday, or do I plunge in and get it now?!
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Kayfersmum on November 05, 2020, 14:48:18 PM
But what do you do if you can't get what you want made by the manufacturer? I was looking for a binding foot for my Emerald 118. Husqvarna do binding feet, but "not for Emerald 116 or 118".

So that was going to be my next question!  The Janome Binder Foot available for my Category B machine (part number 200313005) isn’t really what I’m after as the size of binding I can use with it is limited to 10-14mm and I’ve just ordered some 25mm  :rolleyes: 

I’ve not used binding before so maybe I’m missing something....
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Ohsewsimple on November 05, 2020, 14:51:40 PM
You’re welcome @Greybird.  :)  I spent a lot of time at work ploughing through this catalogue for customers.  Sometimes they say a foot is for category 5 or whatever and then has a note on the bottom of the description saying not for Emerald 118 or whatever.  But this doesn’t so hopefully should be fine. 
Personally I wouldn’t wait.  If this awful year has taught me anything it’s to go for what you want.  Life is too short.  If you can afford it, go for it.   Can’t remember how much they are and I’m sure they've gone up.  But I expect about £20. 
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Ohsewsimple on November 05, 2020, 15:03:55 PM
Unfortunately @Kayfersmum they don’t make all feet for all machines.  Often it’s because the machine itself isn’t capable of carrying out a specific task due to the limited width of the zigzag, or swing of the needle.  Not necessarily the case here. 
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Kayfersmum on November 05, 2020, 15:11:59 PM

Thank you @Ohsewsimple, that makes sense.

When I receive the binding I’ve ordered it all may make a little more sense to me  :)
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Goth Gardiner on November 05, 2020, 15:45:05 PM
I fell for the marketing on that particular foot and I have a Janome.  I can't get it to sew neatly, but in all fairness I can't get my other binding foot to sew neatly either.

I've always done binding by eye.  I'd be interested in seeing how you get on with it if you buy it.
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Ohsewsimple on November 05, 2020, 16:55:31 PM
I usually sew binding by machine onto one side then turn and hand stitch.  So much neater and a softer finish.   
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Kayfersmum on November 05, 2020, 17:21:17 PM

Unfortunately I’m unable to do hand stitching as I struggle to do anything physically that’s repetitive 😞
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Mr Twingo on November 05, 2020, 18:38:43 PM
I wouldn't dismiss all generic feet, but a lot of them are poor quality (I've had several fall apart in my fingers), or have dimensions that are slightly out, so I have to reposition the needle just a tiny bit to avoid metal hitting metal.

The generic walking feet I have work well on all the machines I've tried them on, although they are not as well built as my genuine Janome one.

It's worth paying the extra for a genuine product, I think, especially if you are going to be using a particular foot a lot.

I believe the Emerald 116 is made by Janome for SVP, and is mechanically identical to the Sewist 525. The Emerald 118 I think is also a rebranded Janome machine, but I've no idea what model.
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Goth Gardiner on November 05, 2020, 18:54:11 PM
I usually sew binding by machine onto one side then turn and hand stitch.  So much neater and a softer finish.

Yes, that's what I do in instances where I care - otherwise I press the binding in half longwise and machine sew through the binding and fabric all in one go - and hope for the best.
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Kayfersmum on November 05, 2020, 19:36:27 PM

@Goth Gardiner I've ordered the generic foot as I don't believe the official Janome will work for my project, but will only give it a go if it sits correctly on the plate.  I'll let you know how I get on.   

I can see my first experience of working with binding could be fun, so I'll definitely be adopting your hope for the best technique, although I think I may have also mastered that already  ;)
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Kayfersmum on November 08, 2020, 11:24:08 AM

The generic binding foot arrived and it fitted and worked OK.  It isn’t very robust and I think I needed to be a little more careful than I was, but I can see how it may work if I do more binding in the future.  Think I’m going to add the Janome specific one to my Christmas list as I perhaps maybe misunderstood how the measurements of bias binding work 🤦🏼‍♀️
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Ohsewsimple on November 08, 2020, 12:27:02 PM
If you’re using the generic one @Kayfersmum just check that it covers the feed dogs properly.  That’s often a problem and why they don’t work so well.
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Kayfersmum on November 09, 2020, 15:37:50 PM

Will do @Ohsewsimple 👍

I’ve been reading the Janome catalogue. Who knew there where so many different presser feet available?!
Title: Re: Is it OK to use generic sewing machine feet?
Post by: Bodgeitandscarper on November 09, 2020, 16:24:07 PM
And now I'm going to have to google what a binding foot does and decide if I want need one  :P