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Thread tension? The thread continually knots up on the back of the material. I have tried adjusting the tension tighter, but it does not seem to help. I can sew a few stitches & then it knots up again. I have re-threaded everything to make it is correct in the needle & the bobbin.

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  • MaddisDad Nov 18, 2007

    I have exactly the same problem (I think): when I sew, can get a few stitches in, and then the machine freezes up and there is an excess of top side thread (I used different colors to troubleshoot).  I tried adjusting the tension as well, to no avail.

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2007

    I get a lot of excess thread and the machine stops.

  • my3pets May 01, 2008

    The thread on the bottom bunches up and I can't sew. The machine freezes.

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    just sews few stitchs then locks up in bobbins loose threads on back material. grammapatsy63567@yahoo.com

  • buhhhh Feb 25, 2009

    I would tend to disagree, because I have the blue model and came here with the same problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    when sewing over material thread is stretches well but below remains in addition the thread is not stretches

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I own this little gem of a machine. It definitely sews a perfect stitch. I'm assuming you own the green 3/4 size machine as denoted by your product number. The half size blue one pictured is incorrect.

Anyway, this machine sews a perfect stitch, due to the oscillating bobbin. Most sewing machines with rotary (drop in) bobbins don't have an easily accessible bobbin tension screw, which means your fabric is usually slightly puckered. Fiddling with only the upper tension helps very little. This frustrates me to no end for sewing long curtains, clothing side seams, etc. Wrong tension causes them to hang with puckers, making them look awful. With the Hello Kitty 3/4 size Janome, there is a screw on the bobbin case which allows you to adjust for every thread diameter perfectly. Always a perfect stitch, if you take the time to adjust this screw.

To adjust the bobbin for a perfect tension, load the bobbin into the bobbin case and thread it through the guide. Holding only the thread between two or three fingers, let the bobbin case dangle below. This will be slightly difficult, because the bobbin will want to fall out of the case. Don't worry, just don't move it around too much and it will stay in long enough for this test. If the metal bobbin case slowly drops lower, unwinding thread as it goes, the thread is too loose. Tighten the screw on the side of the bobbin case a little (about a quarter turn.)

If the bobbin case seems to be dangling firmly, give the thread a gentle tug, lifting up fairly quickly. If it doesn't release a couple of inches of thread, it's too tight, loosen the screw. You know the tension is perfect when a quick, light tug of the thread releases a couple of inches of thread.

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You are probably threading the machine incorrectly. Re-thread the machine very carefully as per your instruction manual.

If the problrm persists then You have a thread tension adjustment problem here

There is a tension adjustment knob this is usually located at a point in the thread's travel approximately half way down the sewing machine's head and the point where the thread is looped into a "tension spring"

It is at that point that you need to do your adjustment,tighten it slightly and make a pass of some trash cloth through the machine,if the thread's knotting up has improved adjust a little more test again until the proper tension is set

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You have a thread tension adjustment problem here

At some point in the threads travels to the needle,there is a tension adjustment knob--- this is usually located at a point in the thread's travel approximately half way down the sewing machine's head and the point where the thread is looped into a "tension spring" ---- it is at that point that you need to do your adjustment----- tighten it slightly and make a pass of some trash cloth thru the machine--- if the thread's knotting up has improved--- adjust a little more--- test again until the proper tension is set !!! It should be fairly evident once you start this process if the tension needs to be slightly tighter or slightly looser--- you may even have to "tweak" this setting slightly once you have the actual project material into it's run--- because the type of material and the thickness of the needle's pass will have a lot to do with the necessary tension setting--- the thread should "lock" at the back side of the material passing thru the machine to have the proper tension setting !!!

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