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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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Remove the needleplate and clean out the lint from between the teeth of the 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 post back for detail if needed.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008

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SOURCE: Birds nests under fabric and thread breaking.

My manual says the needle thread tension is too loose , OR the needle is to fine/heavy for the thread being used.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a mega quilter and keep getting rat's nest on bottom.

The rats nests that you are describing I assume are on the bottom of your work. If this is the case, it tends to generally be caused by incorrect tension from the upper thread, or incorrect theading of the upper thread.
Occasionally the tension of the bobbin could also be out.
As a rough guide the tension of the thread as it leaves the bobbin should be that it needs a gentle pull to release it. If you were to hold the thread only & let the bobbin hang, it should only release if you were to like shake the bobbin toward the ground. Anything other tension would mean adjustment of the bobbin screw.
A lot of upper tension problems are often caused by the tension settings being incorrect, the wrong mix of threads/fabric, blunted needles, threading of machine whilst pressure foot is lowered (very common), and sometimes by dirty machines that are not thread and lint free or infrequently oiled.
If all that fails, you need professional service help as it could be a timing issue possibly.
I hope this gives you a few things to try that may help before you need to spend money on your machine being fixed, however remember that a regular service will ensure continued happiness from your machine

Posted on Oct 04, 2009

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SOURCE: My europro 464xc sewing machine sews fine with

Home use machines have a very difficult time with heavier thread, you are OK with size 50 and the larger size 40, but not with anything thicker. You can maybe get away with your thread by turning the upper tension higher, try it with the tension at 7 or 8 or 9, it "may" give you better results.

Just a note of warning, that thread may jam the machine and break your gears or your bobbin case.

Posted on Apr 08, 2010

SOURCE: rats nest on back of fabric

make sure the machine is threaded according to the operations manual & the tension adjustment is according to the operations manual says
make sure the needle is not bent, and also the correct needle for the machine & fabric
if none of these work it needs to be taken in to be check

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

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Janome one step Despite altering the tension dial the top thread is looping on underside of material and when pressing the reverse button material puckers.I tried adjusting the tension dial from 0-9

Usually, this occurs because the top thread is not fully seated in the tension disk.

Remove the top thread from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning.
Reset your top tension to the midway point and then tweak it.

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I have mc9900 janome when trying to embroidery on t-shirt material threads bunch up in back and I end up with holes in shirt

Are you using a fabric stabilizer to prevent the t-shirt fabric from stretching?

Also, be sure to Always Raise the presser foot when threading the top thread. Knots could be bird nests.

May 08, 2017 | Janome Sewing Machines

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When i first start sewing the thread will bunch up and make a rats nest how do i stop thisa

That is called thread nesting or bird nesting--or what I like to call thread "barfs."

Be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the top thread. This releases the tension disk so the thread will seat completely.

Bring the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric and gently hold both thread tails in your left hand while taking the first stitch or two. It may be beneficial to manually turn the handwheel for the first couple of stitches. It also helps to have the take-up lever at it's highest point BEFORE starting to stitch.

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Stiches at the bottom come out like a rats nest not sewing right?

Generally, thread issues that appear under the fabric are the result of an upper thread problem. What you describe sounds like bird nesting or thread nesting and are usually a result of: mis-threading, thread not being fully seated in the tension disk, and/or upper tension too loose.

Remove the upper thread. ALWAYS raise the presser foot. Rethread from the beginning. Verify the thread path is correct. Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low numbers (although this will probably need to be tweaked for your particular machine). Retest your machine. Adjust the upper tension until both threads meet in the middle of your fabric.

FWIW, mis-threading may not be your mistake. I have an older machine that the take-up lever is open at the top. Sometimes, usually when sewing fast, the thread will literally "jump" out of that take-up lever and...instant thread mess... So, if this sort of thing occurs frequently with your machine, try to narrow where the problem originates. With my machine, I "manufactured" a method of closing the opening in the take-up lever. Voila! No more jumping thread!

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Get a rats nest when I start sewing

I am not sure, but you can try this:
when the tension of the thread obove is loose, it jams down. Different fabrics call for different tension.
Try tightening it buy screwing colckwise above the needle. Use a piece of fabric to investigate the best tension for your proyect.
Wish you luck.

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Janome decor excel 5018

if your talking about the feed dogs that they are not up and the fabric is not being feed, then check in your manual to see if you can manually move the feed dogs to the up position so the sewing machine will sew. here is a link for a manual if you don't have one
if the information about the feed dogs is not in the manual then you'll have to contact a sewing machine repair shop about having the feed dogs checked to see if there is somthing wrong with them.

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I am having a problem with my Janome Decor Excel 5018. It was working fine, until the bobbin thread won't gather with the top thread. And the top thread is binding up underneath the fabric. Kim

try a new needle

rethread the machine top & bobbin, that way you make sure the thread is not caught anywhere

make sure the bobbin is correctly inserted in the machine

clean under the needle plate & in the bobbin area for loose thread & lint

always keep a long thread tail of 3 to 5 inches long, & keep the tails pulled back behind the needle
before sewing

if none of these things help the problem,, then it may need to be serviced

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Janome 4400 bought new bobbin holder but still have lots of issues with thread looping while sewing. The repair person says I pull the thread forward after cutting it and undo the proper bobbin threading....

looping the material ( bird nesting) is an indication of incorrect needle thread tension before threading the needle pull the thread and there should be resistance to the pulling

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Rats nest on back of fabric

make sure the machine is threaded according to the operations manual & the tension adjustment is according to the operations manual says
make sure the needle is not bent, and also the correct needle for the machine & fabric
if none of these work it needs to be taken in to be check

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Instruction booklet

I was just checking the web for information on my machine, the Janome 5018 and ran across your post. I have an instruction book, if you are still in need of one, you may email me at:

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