Question about Janome Mini Compact

2 Answers

Janome mini sewing machine not picking up thread

I have a Janome mini sewing machine which I have only used twice. The machine seems to be working fine except that the bobbin thread does not pick up. I have rethreaded it and changed the needle as well as having the bobbin and casing out to check for dust. I believe that it must be the timing out but cant find how to adjust it myself. I got in touch with Janome who told me to take it to a dealer for repair but as the machine is not very expensive I suspect that the repair would cost more than the machine. I just wondered if I could have a got adjusting it myself.

Posted by on

  • alvalleylady Oct 28, 2008

    I too have the same problem. Only used about 3 times, bobbin ran out of thread..when the bobbin was rewound and put back in the bobbin case, the needle thread does not pick up the bobbin thread. I removed the (2) small screws on the plate over the bobbin/case, removed the bobbin and case. When I turn the wheel, it appears that the timing may be out about 1/4 to 1/2". Because the components are plastic, I did not try to force it back in time for fear of breaking the parts. It is true the machine is still in warranty; however, to return for repair, you must pay shipping (which I suspect would be about $6-7) and include a check for $9.95 for return shipping. This would mean at least $16-17 for repair.....I only paid $39.99 for the machine, online from Hancock Fabrics. Does anyone know of a dealer that would service the machine? Does Hancocks handle this?

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. I only got the machine delivered on Monday and have been threading and rethreading the machine since and the bobbin thread will not pick up. I have read the manual about three/four times and still no joy....



2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I have the same problem. I'm tryign to help my gran fix it but nothing will work, it is the first time she has used it after having it for just under a year but no results. I have been through the manual with a fine tooth pick but nothing works. I am feeling very miffed.

Posted on Jan 04, 2011

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 46 Answers

Is it under warranty? A dealer should be able to check it out without cost to you. Do you have the bobbin in properly.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Repairman can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Repairman (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

John Lewis mini sewing machine

This was really helpful for me fixing my daughter a John Lewis (janome) mini sewing machine, and now can get the bobbin thread up again, however, when you sew, the thread is not staying in stitches, just coming off the material completely. I tried forcing the gears on one more time but then it didn't pick up the bobbin thread again so went back to the other gear position. Any ideas of what to try and get it stitching again? Thanks

Apr 02, 2013 | Janome Mini Compact

1 Answer

Janome sew mini needle not picking up bobbin thread.

Hi: Is this a needle provided with the machine as new? What type of fabric are you sewing... have you tried a different fabric? Is the bobbin placed into the machine correctly with it unwinding in the right direction?

Aug 10, 2012 | Janome SEW MINI Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

Upper thread not engaging bobbin thread...

Hiya Kandie. Usually when you can't pull the bobbin through, the wrong size needle is in, try a different size needle. Hope I was some help for you.

Feb 08, 2012 | Janome SEW MINI Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

This machine came with a very limited Manuel. The bobbin thread is knotting up and not catching as it should. I've re threaded several times removed and reinserted the bobbin, but can't seem to find the...

Check the bobbin tension and that the thread is tight around the bobbin. Make sure that the bobbin is in the right way around - the bobbin thread should double back on itself coming out of the bobbin holder.

Feb 22, 2011 | Janome SEW MINI Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

Needle wont pick up bobbin thread

timing issue, need to have serviced.

Aug 20, 2009 | Sewing Machines

1 Answer


it sounds like a needle threading problem. if you have the instruction book, pull yout needle thread off the machine and re-thread as per the book ie presser foot up and make sure thread goes betwen tension discs and up over takeup lever.

to check needle tension is ok, lower presser foot and pull needle thread through needle, the needle thread should be tight enough to bend the needle a little.



Jul 28, 2009 | Janome Mini Compact

2 Answers

Janome sew mini will not pick up bobbin thread

Oil the machine first. Then, determine whether or not you need any parts at all.

Jul 03, 2009 | Janome Mini Compact

1 Answer

Machine will not pick up bobbin thread

Sounds like your needle is in too far and it not allowing the needle to go down far enough to pick up the thread.

Apr 20, 2009 | Janome Sewing Machines

1 Answer

Janome M100 mini sewing machine

Providing you have checked to make sure the needle is in correctly, if the machine will not pick up the thread then the machine will need retiming.

Jan 21, 2008 | Sewing Machines

Not finding what you are looking for?
Janome Mini Compact Logo

Related Topics:

496 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Janome Sewing Machines Experts

Tally Girl
Tally Girl

Level 3 Expert

1133 Answers

Douglas Plant
Douglas Plant

Level 2 Expert

191 Answers

Eva Hack

Level 1 Expert

25 Answers

Are you a Janome Sewing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides