Question about Janome Sewing Machines
I am quilting with medium loft batting. I have replaced my needle and the needles they sent with the machine are DBx1 size 16. According to the manual this size of needle is for denim, etc. I purchased a size 14, still not working. I purchased a size 11 and it is sewing, but I have skipped stitches and thread breaking (not bobbin). I have cleaned and am thinking I need a size 12, but before I buy more needles, I want to make sure.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Hi, when your thread breaks or frays right before in goes through the eye of the needle:
The most common needles are size 80 and 90 universal needles, which are fine for most sewing projects. But if you are using a specialty thread, you need to use a needle that is designed to work with that particular thread. For example, top stitching needles have a larger eye than a universal needle, because top stitching thread is thicker than sewing thread. The same is true for metallic thread - needles made for metallic thread an eye designed to allow the thread to pass thru without fraying. Further, if you using fine thread, you need a small needle.
FYI - unfortunately, thread sizes do not correspond directly with needle sizes. Small needle numbers indicate a needle with a small eye. But the smaller the thread size, the larger the thread. For example, size 50 thread is very fine and would usually be used with a size 70 needle. Size 30 thread is fairly thick and would probably be used with a size 90 top stitch needle.
Hope this helps, and remember, you should always change your needle after about 10 hours of sewing, no matter what size needle you are using. If you have more questions, please post again. Thanks, Ginny
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
Make sure the feed dogs are dropped (or feed dog cover is on - I can't remember which way this machine works). The stitch length on the machine has no function so ignore it. (I set it to zero so the machine doesn't have to work as hard). Hopefully this is all that's wrong. If not, use a shorter setting for the stitch length on the regulator, oil the hook and move slowly and smoothly.
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
SOURCE: I have a Janome 1600P
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.
Posted on Apr 21, 2011
SOURCE: Started machine quilting; first pass went just fine, rolled up quilted portion, then started machine again but the bobbin thread broke and continues to break. Took out bobbin, reset it in case, etc. N
from what you said about the bobbin thread continues to break
check for burrs in the following area--even the smallest burr can cause problems
needle could be damaged
or bad thread
Posted on Feb 10, 2012
Testimonial: "Haven't had a chance to look for burrs. I need a strong magnifying glass. Am using 40wt Metler quilting thread. Needle was fresh but will change it anyway."
I posted question about top thread breaking when quilting (using walking foot). Finally solved my problem, my solution may help others. Decrease the presser foot tension to nearly 0. Had tried different threads, tension settings, needles. Nothing worked until I adjusted the presser foot tension. Quilting went like a dream, even through seams ect, also worked for attaching binding.
Posted on Feb 15, 2013
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