Question about Janome 1600P-DB Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

Cannot get a straight stitch

Just received my Janome 1600P DB last night, my bobbin tension is correct, I am pretty sure I threaded correctly but my stiches are drunk

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 2 Answers

Please check the top tension as well and rethread. I had this problem and after doing the above, everything worked perfectly. Thanks.

Posted on Mar 15, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

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

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Janome 1600P skipped stitches


Normal top tension is 3-4; normal bobbin tension (iirc) is 35 grams.
I'm betting, though, that a new needle, right way around and the correct size, would solve your skipping problems.

Jan 15, 2014 | Janome 1600P-DB Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

My bobbin thread is connecting with the upper thread but it is not making a complete stitch. It is just flowing in a straight line on the under side of the fabric.


So no stitch. First make sure your bobbin is unspooling correctly from your machine. This means that when in the machine the bobbin thread when pulled should make the bobbin spin a certain direction. If that is ok... check that the bobbin thread is under the bobbin tension spring.

If that all looks right... time to check the timing.

Take off the foot, needle plate, and bobbin cover plate, so you can see. Locate the shuttle point. Turn the hand wheel until the needle has reached it's lowest position. Note where the shuttle point is in relation to the needle. The point should be close to the needle but not past the needle scarf. If it the shuttle is more than 1 or 2 mm away from the needle it is said that the timing is "********" or "delayed"

At this point... you can either attempt timing yourself. But it best to have it done professionally.

Oct 01, 2012 | Janome 1600P-DB Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

I have a Janome 1600P DBX. The needle is installed correctly but the thread on top keeps breaking or skipping stitchings while free motion quilting? the quilt shop says it is not out of time. I have...


Is it a new needle? a dull needle or one with a burr on it can cause those problems that you mention.The kind of needle you use is also very important. I like to use a 70/10 or 80/12 jeans needle depending on how thick the thread is.

Apr 20, 2011 | Janome 1600P-DB Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

I have a janome 1600, my third is looping on the bottom


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 20, 2011 | Janome 1600P-DB Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

The tension for embroidery is way off. The only thread visible is the bobbin thread. The top thread is almost invisible. Straight stitching tension is not perfect but OK


It sounds like the thread did not stay in the bobbin tension slot correctly. Try putting the bobbin in again and sure you have a suitable bobbin thread. If that does not work then a new bobbin case is what you probably need.

Aug 30, 2010 | Janome Memory Craft 9000 Computerized...

1 Answer

Brother LS-2125 - stitches forming loops on the right side as a sew


acing you has loops on it then it is the bobbin tension which is incorrect or the bobbin has been threaded wrongly. A good way to test tension is using contrasting colours top and bottom. Rethread your machine and tighten up the bobbin tension screw if needed.

Jun 15, 2009 | Janome 1600P-DB Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

Janome 1600P-DB Tension Works For So Long...


It sounds as though the thread is jumping out of the tension assembly. The next time this happens, do not raise the presser foot before you do the following.Cut the thread above the needle and pull on it.If it is working properly there will be tension on it.If it is not working properly, the thread will pull through very easily.If the thread is coming out of the tension , either it isn't threaded correctly or you may need to wrap the thread around the bobbin winder guide to keep it from coming out.If you wrap it around the bobbin winder guide reduce the tension to around 2 , 3 or even less.
Hope this helps.
sewman7

Jan 16, 2009 | Janome 1600P-DB Mechanical Sewing Machine

2 Answers

Janome 1600P


My husband and I worked for months trying to solve this problem and FINALLY we did it. I even had a YLI varigated thread in the top and Coats and Clark varigated in the bobbin. The machine Janome 1600P DB makes a beautiful stitch. This is a long posting and if you have questions I'll be happy to help if I can. together425@pennswoods.net
1) I give credit to piecemealquilts.wordpress.com for their recommendations.
Most of which I list below.
2) First of all make sure that the frame is level in all directions, side-to-side, top to bottom. That includes the table that it is setting on.
3) Bobbin tension: This is much looser than you normally have it set on. The bobbin should fall steadily to the floor. Read your machine manual to learn how to loosen the tension. Be sure to go in small increments. Don't be afraid. It also helps to use a different color thread in the bobbin than the top to see the problem. Is the bobbin properly inserted into the bobbin case. Is the bobbin case properly inserted into the machine?
4)Use the correct needle for your machine.
5) Use at least a 14 and a 16 or 18 is even better. Size 20 for specialty threads if you can get a size that large.
6) Make sure that the needle is inserted properly. My machine doesn't have a flat side so proper insertion is challenging. If you can find a straight pin small enough to fit in the eye do so as this helps to determine if the needle is in at the correct angle. The eye of my needle is left to right so I use a sturdy piece of thread, some spray starch on the thread helps it to stay straight. This makes it much easier to determine if the needle is in properly.
7) The pressure foot dial is set on 0
8) The stitch length is set on the longest stitch length. I know that you actually determine the stitch length and some people tell you to have it set on 0, but I found this to work.
9)Threading: Make sure you have the machine threaded correctly. Inoticed that when my thread was breaking that the thread in the take uplever was either out of the thread guides or had crossed each other. Also, sometimes the thread had wrapped itself around the first smallthread guide and/or the outside hole on the pretension thread guide hadwrapped around the bottom of the thread guide. When your thread breaks pull a good 12" out and then cut it off assometimes it has frayed higher up. This will help to reduce continuedbreakage and your frustration. This sounds dumb but still make sure the thread is sitting on the spool properly, that the thread spills off the spool as shown in your machine manual. I found it helpful to place a felt pad underneath the spool of thread. This was just a scrap of felt with a hole cut into it. Check the retractable thread guide which is right over your spool that it is correctly positioned and not twisted around. The thread should easily pull off the spool. I found that my machine worked better if I onlythreaded the two guide holes closest to the machine on the pretension guide.
10)Thread tension: I found that my needle tension had to be much looser than what I was used to anywhere from 1 -3.
11)The quilt: Not too tight and not too loose,too tight and needles and thread break, too loose and it's difficult to move the carriage. Can you poke a finger from the bottom and grip it from the top? I found this a little too loose, but used it as a guide. The side clamps are to keep it straight and not tight.
12)The take up rail should just barely clear the bed of the machine. I found it more accurate to check this with the machine in the middle of the quilt as opposed to one of the ends. Can you fit your fingers between the quilt and the machine bed? Yes, but barely is the answer.
13) I was able to quilt in both directions, but make sure your carriage moves freely in all directions.
14) Make sure the feed dogs are down and ready for free motion.
15) Make sure the presser foot is down and ready for sewing.
16) Check both the bobbin area and the top thread tension area for stray threads. It happens.
17) My last help was to add thread lubricant, but make sure your machine allows it. I just found out that you shouldn't use this on the spool if you have plastic tension discs. Mine are metal, but still I use this sparingly. I run a couple of lines on the spool, let it sit for a few minutes then sew. I don't repeat this for at least an hour of constant sewing.
18) Strangely this also helped, every so often I pulled straight out on both the knobs of the pretension disc and the tension disc. Don't pull the knobs off. This just released the tension of the thread. I didn't adjust it, I just pulled straight out. I didn't rethread it, just released it.

19) Finally, I did discover that I had a burr on my tension disc.How to figure this out, well it works better with two people, but one can do it. Lift up the presser foot, needle is in the highest position, then manually , slowly pull the thread through the needle, listen to the tension disc. You shouldn't hear anything. Watch the tension disc, does the check spring move down? Does it stay down then bounce back up? It shouldn't. Feel the thread as it is being pulled does it have tension on it? If the answer to these questions is yes, take it to the shop and let them fix it. It literally takes 5 mins.

I hope this helps

Oct 04, 2008 | Janome 1600P-DB Mechanical Sewing Machine

Not finding what you are looking for?
Janome 1600P-DB Mechanical Sewing Machine Logo

Related Topics:

214 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Janome Sewing Machines Experts

Bargain Box
Bargain Box

Level 3 Expert

1388 Answers

Douglas Plant
Douglas Plant

Level 2 Expert

165 Answers

Irene Tulloch

Level 2 Expert

434 Answers

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

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...