Question about Sewing Machines
You might need to use a screwdriver and a pair of pliers (and 3 hands) to loosen the needle bar set screw. Put the screwdriver onto the needlebar and then use the pliers to grab the screwdriver handle to help leverage a turn the stuck screw. Try some WD-40 on the problem screw and let it sit a min or two...and give it another go.
Ask a neighbor or anyone with more hand strength.
San Diego, CA
Posted on Nov 28, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The broken pins are called chaining pins and are tricky for the home user to replace without risking damage to the needle plate as they are difficult to remove and the tiny burr used to hold them firm can easily open up and no longer grip the pin.
There are only a couple of things under the needleplate that are likely to collide with the needles. 1. Lower looper - with the needles 2. Both Loopers colliding with each other - not with the needles 3. Needle guards attached to lower looper - with the needles 4. Fixed Needle guard - with the needles
If you remove the needleplate and VERY gently turn the handwheel you should be able to see and feel where the collision is occuring and have a better idea of the issue.
I would strongly advise that you do not try to operate the machine until you are sure that the colliding components are adjusted. Broken loopers are approx $65 AUD and guards, tho' only about $20 AUD require some finesse in adjustment. Chain Pins approx $6 AUD
My recommendation is to speak with your local Janome dealer for advice and an approximate price to repair, replace or adjust as the case may be.
Your country's Janome website is certain to have a Dealer Locator page to list the nearest to you.
This is one occasion where it is sensible to call on the people who do these things routinely rather than try to DIY and make a more expensive hash of it.
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
Sounds like your looper timing is off. you will have to have your local shop re-time it. Find a shop that gives free estimates first.
Hope that helps,
Posted on Jun 06, 2010
This sounds silly, but I have the same machine and it kept happening to me too. Here's what I was doing wrong: When I thread it between 6 (thread take-up lever) and 7 (lower thread guide), the thread was being left exposed on the face of the machine instead of falling into that little **** of a crevice. One I figured out to stick it in the **** of the crevice, all was well. Try that -- and good luck!
Posted on Oct 17, 2010
The easiest solution would be to change your needle. They do wear out, get bent, etc, and that makes it difficult for them to pick up the bobbin thread. If you did just change the needle, there was a hint here on FixYa about being sure to face the needle correctly. If you feel the needle, there will be a flat side and a curved side. Check your owner's manual to see which side should face which direction.
Posted on Dec 04, 2010
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