Question about Janome Sewing Machines
Have oiled all main points but with presser foot down turning machine by hand it goes very stiff as looper starts to cross needle .loopers are not bent.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I ended up switching the spools of thread around. Apparently, even though I had purchased good quality threads, one of the spools was wound in a way that made the thread loop and twist around. So I put the offending spool of thread through one of the needles and put the needle thread on the upper looper. That seems to be working. By the way, BabyLoc was very unhelpful dealing with this problem. Thank you!
Posted on Sep 09, 2008
I was having this very same problem with my lower looper . I had been using the one needle stitching all afternoon and I was doing quite nice stitching. then I decided to put the right needle back in and do some overlock stitching and guess what I spent the next two hours fighting the looper problem. I had completely re-thread this machine at least 20 times now. I decided to take the needle out and re-insert it and re-thread it one more time (right lower looper- then upper looper- right needle- then left needle) was careful to pull all threads to the back and under the presser foot for about 6 inches.
Held on to the thread, lowered presser foot and did the chaining stitch. BINGO it didn't break, tried it with a piece of cloth and Perfect stitches. I have a Babylock BL402 and used tension settings left to right
4-3-3-3 and default settings for the rest.
Hope this helps someone someday.
Posted on Mar 29, 2009
You will find that it was most likely the top looper has moved to the left too far, undo the looper clamp and press the looper to the right by about 3mm. Then turn the machine over to see if it still hits anything, when the top looper comes up past the bottom looper there should be about 0.5mm clearance between the two. Try this first please.
Also the arm shaft may have moved. Trace the shaft back to where there is a clamp type crank with usually a hexagon head clamp screw. Loosen this and set the top looper so as the eye of it is just past the needle when it is all the way up and to the left.
You are correct in not using the machine under power, turn by hand when you think it is correct and make sure there is nothing hitting.
Posted on Jul 07, 2009
I had a similar problem with my machine. What I've started doing with mine is setting the stitch length at 3 and the differential feed ratio at 1.0 then I set all 4 thread tensions at 3. I thread the machine from right to left, and then when everything seems to be working okay I take scrap material to test the tension and then set them to suit the material I'm using. Right now I'm working with a twill so my settings are 4-4-5-5. This seems to have stopped the thread slipping off the bottom looper and I haven't had any more needles break. I hope this is helpful.
Posted on Sep 01, 2009
Here are a few things to try.
* When you insert anew needle, make sure it’s positioned correctly. Usually with the flat side
away from the bobbin, but consult your manual. Make sure that it goes all the way into the holder, and that the screw is securely tightened.
If there doesn’t seem to be a problem with your needle, try the following:
* Check your pressure foot
Make sure it’s attached securely.
* Change your pressure foot
Your pressure foot may be bent, causing your needle to hit it.
* Don’t sew over pins
A needle that hits a pin can break. Always remove the pins from your fabric before they reach
* Don’t pull your fabric as you sew
You could be bending your needle back, causing it to hit your needle plate instead of going into
the hole. Just guide your fabric, letting it feed on its own.
* Check your needle plate
Make sure it's securely in position.
* Change your needle plate
If you’ve been using a straight stitch needle plate (a plate with a small hole, often used for
sewing fine, delicate fabrics), switch to a needle plate with a wider hole.
* Check the position of your needle
Sewing machines with zigzag capability allow you to adjust the position of your needle – right,
left, or center. If your needle is not positioned correctly, it may be hitting your needle plate or
I hope one of these solutions help you.
Posted on Sep 15, 2009
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