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Needle Threader is not lined up

Hi the automatic needle threader has never lined up for my machine and I have to thread manually. Anyone else have that problem?

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  • Superskater Feb 24, 2008

    Hi there thanks so much for your response. I cannot read the post so I'm posting back here. Hope to hear from you soon!

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    Needle Threader Hook

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    It will not thread

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    Auto threader part worm...cannot hook thread on.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    How do you use the automatic Needle Threader on the Janome 2013 Sewing machine?

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    how do i use the needle threader

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    My new Janome 8200 sewing machine will not thread the needle. What will cause this?

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    My machine quit threading my needle. What can I do?



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This is called the Needle Threader Plate.

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If this is too small for you to read, or you want any more help with this, just post back here, or, drop a line through the "Contact Us" page at

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

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    Hassy Feb 25, 2008

    Try these for the meantime, but if still too small, you will need to to go through the "Contact Us" page at

    as I will need to email this page to you direct, .....there is a 150kb limit on fixya, and it just won't magnify well enough, even using (Ctrl and +) together.

    These instructions are for adjusting the Threader, and are from the Janome Service Manual for the MC 4000.....if it turns out that the tiny hook is broken, I have the Parts List too, so we can give a part number if required as well.

    Best Wishes



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