Question about Janome D'cor Excel 5018
I cannot find a straight-stitch throat plate for my Viking #1+ sewing machine.
SOURCE: Changing stitches
You probably have not adjusted you stitch width and length.
Also a manual for this machine is currently being sold on Ebay for $4+. Probably would be a good investment for you.
Posted on Mar 29, 2008
The solution that I found last night was the thread tension. I have never touched the dial, only had it set on 'auto." When I started playing with it, I realized the top thread should be really easy to pull through the machine and it wasn't. I started turning the dial (to 3 or 4) and the thread slid through the machine perfectly. No more birds nest! I really thought it was bobbin initially because of the horrible sound it was making.
Posted on Jun 05, 2008
SOURCE: The Reverse stitch button
The feed mechanism needs to be oiled. Take off the bottom cover and look for any place where two parts move against each other. Some binds can be very difficult to remove. Try spraying everything with a light weight oil (I like Tri-Flow) and let them soak over night. Then manually try to move the feed dogs with your hand. Hopefully it will break loose.
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
Make sure that you use the F foot when using decorative stitches.
The stitch balance my be off. Remove the accessory bin and you will see a large plastic screw with a + and a - and an arrow. Using a coin, turn the arrow to the center and test. Turn the arrow towards the + to stretch the pattern out.
If this doesn't work, it must me calibrated internally and requires an experience hand.
Posted on Jul 11, 2009
the teeth (feed dogs) must be up enough so they can move the fabric with the help of the presser foot (or all purpose foot)
Posted on Jan 12, 2011
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