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Thread jammed around bobbin case holder....can't get loose

Must say this happened due to a brain failure, not like I'm a beginner, nevertheless it has become a major problem, as I can't figure out how to get the thread out of there. Consequently, the clutch wheel is not moving the bobbin case holder more than 1/4th of an inch, the dog feed plate preventing it going farther. I even went as far as removing the dog feed & plate reinforcement piece, but it didn't change anything. I'm guessing I need to loosen the screws around the holder, about 4-6 of the tiny things, which I felt I was going to ruin the heads if I didn't quit trying, as I can't get them loose. Was I on the right track or not at all? I'm quit sure I'm not naming everything correctly, but am not talking about the bobbin case, but what the case inserts into, that is the piece that has the thread jammed around it, (part of the hook?)

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Re: thread jammed around bobbin case holder....can't get...

Lol...kinda jammed together but i kinda understand, your on the right track but if you are unsure i would take it to a repair shop,
dont mess around that area because you can throw the timing off, i would need more information to where the thread is actually hung up, send pic if u can

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Have you removed the bobbin holder and then put it back in lining up the little red markings on the right hand side? If the case has moved slightly then it will keep jamming and the bobbin thread won't clear to form a stitch. The case is held in place by a magnet and a stopper but it will dislodge if you have a bad thread jam, then it keeps happening even if you have removed all the thread because its not in position.

Check this solution for image how to remove and replace the bobbin case.

When you take out the bobbin case, carefully inspect it for any damage and burrs in the black plastic, if there are any then file them carefully out with a nail file or fine sandpaper, a burr will keep catching thread too. Or you may actually need to replace the bobbin holder if it has been pierced by the needle badly, they are about $35 or so.

You may also want to get it serviced. On my 6500 during its last service the technician added a little piece that is a Janome "after sale replacement" part. It is slightly longer than the standard part, and is a little metal bit on the left hand side of the rotary hook area which is holding the bobbin holder in place better. Haven't had a major jam up since this was fitted so you may want to get this fitted on yours too.

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Are you having thread jamming problems before you get this message?

I found that my bobbin holder which is held by magnets was being dislodged when I had a thread jam up, usually when I was trying to sew something very thick over a seam such as jeans hems.

Have you mastered removing the needle plate and the bobbin holder to clean in under it and putting this all back together again? With my 6500P, the needle had been striking the bobbin holder when it dislodged and rotated out of postion, the bobbin case had holes and damage to the plastic which was then catching the thread as the bobbin rotated making the jams happen.

Each time, I would dismantle the bobbin holder, clean everything, cut the jammed up threads, check the bobbin case and give the damaged bit a file with a nail file to make it smooth again, then put it back matching the red markings on the bobbin holder and the stopper, rethread and start over. I have bought two new bobbin cases too and taken it back to the dealer a couple of times over 5 years.

I've now learnt to not try to stitch over the thick seam intersections, I'll stop before, lift the pressure foot, move the work past the seam, then restart sewing. However, my machine was just serviced last week and it looks to me like the mechanic has added a part to hold the bobbin case in better, its like a little black lug on the left screwed into the outer housing. So perhaps Janome have addressed this issue with an aftermarket repair.

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I have a Kenmore 19110600 that was just purchased a month ago. I am having a problem with the bobbin thread jamming up. I have taken out the bobbin, plate abd bobbin holder and clean 4 times and no...

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Many causes for this problem. Most common are;
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Pull on your threaded bobbin thread while it’s in the machine. Does it pull smooth and even? If so, go to step 3. If not, try a new bobbin (bobbins get bent or distorted if wound too tight).
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