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Janome 10001 how to adjust timing-bobbin thread is not picking up

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  • Anne Jan 03, 2009

    does anyone really answer these questions?

  • Anne Jan 03, 2009

    Janome Memory Craft 10001-how to adjust timing-bobbin thread is not picking up-needle is just a little off so hook is not catching thread
    Please HELP

  • Anne Jan 03, 2009

    how to adjust timing-bobbin thread is not picking up-everything has been cleaned-oiled and the needle has been changed
    need help on how to time machine!

  • Anne Jan 03, 2009

    Janome Memory Craft 10001-how to adjust timing-bobbin thread is not picking up-needle is just a little off so hook is not catching thread
    Please HELP
    Hook does not meet with the needle to get thread! needs timed would like to know how to do this

  • Anne Jan 03, 2009

    Janome Memory Craft 10001-how to adjust timing-bobbin thread is not picking up-needle is just a little off so hook is not catching thread
    Please HELP
    I have the owners manual-it is not a threading problem-the needle comes up short of the hook-I need to know how to time machine-either by changing the needle or the hook?

  • Anne Jan 03, 2009

    Please don't waste my time on telling me the needle needs changed or the machine needs cleaned!!! This IS NOT A TENSION PROBLEM!
    The HOOK is off approx. 1/16" and is not catching the needle thread-NEED TO KNOW HOW TO ADJUST THIS!

  • Anne Jan 03, 2009

    can't load that wesite

  • Anne Jan 03, 2009

    That website tells me nothing

  • Anne Jan 03, 2009

    Please don't waste my time on telling me the needle needs changed or the machine needs cleaned!!! This IS NOT A TENSION PROBLEM!
    The HOOK is off approx. 1/16" and is not catching the needle thread-NEED TO KNOW HOW TO ADJUST THIS!

  • Anne Jan 03, 2009

    everything is CLEANED!!!
    NEED TO ADJUST THE TIMING!!!

  • Anne Jan 03, 2009

    I fixed this myself-you people don't know what your talking about!

    the raceway needed adjusted! and I'm no expert

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Here some suggestionMost likely cause is lint in and around bobbin area. If you are using a standard top tension of 4 or 5 and this problem has developed over time, the most likely cause is lint deposited between the tension disks....... if the top tension is loose, or in the tension spring of the bobbin case if the bottom tension is having troubles. In either case you need to remove the lint...... 
Raise the presser foot and with a length of scrap fabric, use an action like flossing your teeth to get between the top tension disks......in extreme cases a probe (old needle) may be used very gently to remove thread and lint, but be VERY careful not to scratch the polished surfaces. 
I have also written a tutorial on tension balance which may be of further assistance, particularly for bobbin tension issues: 

Please TRY the solution BEFORE giving your considered rating.

Ensure that all is clean and free of lint and jams, this is the most likely cause....now for tension troubleshooting .......

This solution is for tension problems...if you cannot form any sort of stitch, the issue is quite different, so please let me know if you need a different problem solved.....

It is quite long, but just work through each section in order.
The "knotting up" can reveal a lot. If you have loose threads on one side or the other, the tension on the opposite side will be the culprit.

QUICK SUMMARY FIRST:
Ensure sharp new needle, 
Thread guides and Bobbin are Clean & Clear of lint
Set Top Tesion to 4 ....then....
Balance Bobbin to suit.

TOP THREAD TENSION:
If the looping threads are on the underside as you sew, it is the top tension. Top tension ought to be between 4 & 6 (this variation to allow for the different weights of fabric in your 
projects). 

IS YOUR NEEDLE SHARP ?
If you are using a needle that has seen quite a deal of work, or you suspect it may be blunt, change it for a new one !

TOP TENSION & GUIDES:
Make sure that when you thread the machine the presser foot is up so the thread goes between the discs and not to one side, top tension between 4 and 6, and that you have threaded through all the guides, including the last one, usually on the needle arm, just above the needle clamp.

It may be there is lint trapped between the discs, this will keep them slightly apart and reduce the actual tension, sometimes dramatically.

If tensions appear correct, and the thread is definitely in the channel between the discs, but still too loose and looping, try raising presser foot and remove your thread.

Now, with a 2" (50mm) wide strip piece of fabric 8 - 10" (20 - 25cm) moistened with methylated or denatured spirit, gently insert the fabric strip and clean between the discs with 
a see saw / to and fro action.

In the worst cases, gentle use of a needle to pick & remove the jam may be necessary, but be very gentle and make sure the tension is set at Zero and the presser foot is raised, (to 
disengage tension plates).... do not gouge or score the plates, they need a polished surface to work correctly.

BOBBIN TENSION:
Far less common, but if the loose threads are on the top, it is bobbin tension that is loose, it too may have lint in the spring and be giving a "false" tension. 

I would not recommend fiddling with bobbin tension without good reason, it may end up with missing small screws and spring pieces, however, you can take the needle plate off to clean 
the hook race area (where bobbin case sits) 

...this is just good housekeeping, my wife does this every time she replaces the bobbin....

just take it out and clean the bobbin case and the fixed metal hook race with a small brush to remove lint. If there is a significant amount of lint, use a vacuum and small brush to get the worst.

Then wipe all this area with a cloth or cotton bud (Q tip) moistened (not soaked) with methylated spirit, especially if there appears to be fine dirty deposits....oil and lint combine to conspire against you.

If it seems likely that you ......really ....do .....actually .....need .....to adjust the bobbin case, first check there is no lint trapped in the metal spring where the thread is tensioned. 

TOP LOADER:
Drop-in Bobbin case will look similar to this image with the tension screw in the middle of the metalwork....Janome 10001 - d51a4ed.jpg

 ...the other screw at one end is holding it all together, so beware....it is not a tragedy to undo the whole lot and clean it, but very gingerly and lay the bits out in sequence and orientation, or you risk tearing your hair out !

FRONT LOADER:
....this is a bobbin case from a front loading machine and works in a very similar fashion to the top loader with drop in bobbin, again, if you dismantle it, take care so you can put it all 
back properly.
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GETTING THE BALANCE RIGHT:
When you are certain there's no trapped lint in top tension or bobbin, set the top tension to 4 and the bobbin tension to a point where you just begin to feel resistance.

Try using good quality thread of contrasting colours so you can more easily spot the changes.

Set your zigzag to one width less than maximum (eg. 5 of 6 ...or... 4 of 5 etc) and sew a sample for a few inches and check the result.... adjust the bobbin tension screw very little at 
a time, perhaps 1/16 of a turn.

You may find you are playing with this balance for some little while and if you are putting the needleplate on and off each time begin to think it cannot be correct to do this.....BUT....it is, 
and eventually, you do get a "feel" for the correct tension and then it happens quite quickly.....as a user you won't be doing it very often unless there is lint built up (or are there small hands at work around the house !?!?!)

OTHER ISSUES:
If you live near the ocean as we do, salt air can play havoc with metalwork inside and out, so to help minimise this, keep a few small packets of dessicant (silica gel) in your machine 
case....no case ? then make some sort of cover ! 

Same applies in any damp or humid environment, keep your machine dry and dust free.

Budget for a proper full service every couple of years (more often if heavily used) and if you don't use your machine for a few years, be aware that old oil will dry out and combining with 
dust and form a "clag" like glue (another reason for some sort of cover, even a teatowel !)

FINALLY, A WORD ON THREAD:
If it is worth spending the time, energy and money on making something that you would like to give lasting enjoyment......use quality thread, .......it may seem to cost a little more at the 
time, but the results, ease of use and added longevity will be worth the extra, and as a bonus, your tension troubles may be fewer and further between, because there is a more consistent diameter with good thread, and less compensating to be done by your tension plates and less thread breaks !
 
 

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Not necessarily, possibilities would be: Improper threading, the bobbin is low or has run out, or a lack of oil on either the sewing hook or the needle bars

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    mohammed marika thambi Jan 04, 2009

    Are you checking the simple things such as making sure you have the
    presser foot up when you thread and the tensions set between 4 and 6,
    bobbin in the correct way round and tension enough to pull the thread
    through with some resistence.

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Remove the needleplate and clean out the lint from between the teeth of the feeddogs........it is the most likely reason, the lint holds the feeddogs below where they need to engage fabric.

Check your Presser foot tension is at 3 then do a test.

If this is not sufficient the method of adjusting feeddogs is possible at home, tho perhaps not for those lacking some confidence in mechanical adjustment.......so post back for detail if needed.

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    Sibananda Jena Jan 03, 2009

    sounds like you need to engage thread properly between thread guide
    then wind a few turns by hand place bobbin onto winder push to right
    foot control

    should solve loose thread

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The machine needs retiming. This is a quite difficult job that must be done taking accurate measurement on needle and hook position.

I do not have retiming instruction for this model, try sending an email to the guy on this post: my sewing machine is not

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    Ginko Jan 03, 2009

    As I said your machine need retiming.
    I fix electronics and appliances, here is one of our best experts on sewing machines.
    He has instruction to do retiming on Janome 10001, try contacting him with Ask Me or write to drivewithken@blueyonder.co.uk, asking retiming instructions for your model.


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Make sure to clean the bobbin case and the sensor is not being blocked by any piece of tread. Try to use a blower to clean the bobbin hole.

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    Michael Galve Jan 03, 2009

    Please download the User Manual HERE.
    Page 24 on how to properly adjust the bobbin sensor.

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Welcome-

try this website out. go to page 15 through 18.

http://janome.com/documents/File/ManualFile/MC10001_Instr_book.pdf

let me know id this helps you out or not. i am here to help you fix your problem until there isn't one anymore.

thanks

tom

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  • Turn power off.
  • Raise needle.
  • Raise presser foot.
  • Hold needle thread.
  • Turn hand wheel towards you lowering, then raising needle.
  • Gently pull needle thread to raise bobbin thread.
  • Open loop.
  • Pull both threads back.

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