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I have had janome 1600P machine for almost 3 years & have not used it apart to try to set it up & each time I have had problems i have it set up on a John Watts quilting frame I have changed the needle at least 5 times I'm using shmets Jeans needle & guittamenthread made in germany i have a friend who is very experienced with janome machines & she can't work out what is wrong with it considering I have spent over $3000.00 on it I would expect it should perform much better & be almost hassle free when I'm trying to quilt the machine sounds as if the needle has a barb on it & keeps catching & has very big stitches if I try & go faster with it it is worse than ever I am getting to be very frustrated with it & am almost ready to throw it in the river if I cannot get some stisfactory outcome I will not be giving very good reviews of it & certainly will not recommend it to anybody I've had a gut full of it

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The main reasons which i came across :-

  • Thread has not been pulled into thread sensor guide.
  • Threading is not correct.
  • Bobbin case has been threaded wrong.
  • Spool cap is wrong size for thread spool.
  • Incorrect size needle.
  • Improper threading.
  • Loose upper thread tension.
  • Pulling fabric.
  • Light pressure on presser foot.
  • Loose presser foot.
  • Unevenly wound bobbin.
  • Stitch length is too long for material.
  • Needle point is blunt.
  • Incorrect thread tension.
  • Light pressure on presser foot.
  • Fabric is too sheer or soft.
  • Using two different sizes or kinds of thread.
The Solution would be :-

  • Fully pull thread into thread sensor guide.
  • Correct threading.
  • Correctly thread bobbin case.
  • Replace the cap with correct size.
  • Choose correct size needle for thread and fabric.
  • Rethread machine.
  • Tighten upper thread tension.
  • Do not pull fabric; guide it gently.
  • Increase pressure on presser foot.
  • Reset presser foot.
  • Rewind bobbin.
  • Decrease stitch length.
  • Replace needle.
  • Reset thread tension.
  • Increase pressure on presser foot.
  • Use underlay of tissue paper.
  • Upper thread and bobbin thread should be the same size and kind.
Check and let me know :)

Hope i helped.

Thanks for using "Fixya".

Posted on Jun 27, 2009


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