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Just bought a secondhand janome with no model number and it will try to sew but the bottom bobbin gets wrapped up with heaps of thread and then no stitching?

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It probably needs a good cleaning and the timing checked. Do you have a manual for it?

I believe the model number is on the bottom of the unit, or the back of the head.

I believe JoAnn's fabrics can help you out on servicing this unit.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

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I have a Janome sewing machine. There is a problem when i try to draw up the bottom thread from the bobbin. The needle doesnt go through the hole to catch the thread at the bottom


Please elaborate. Is the needle hitting the needle plate so it cannot reach the bobbin thread, or is the needle simply not moving down into the lower position?

May 21, 2017 | Janome Sewing Machines

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My Janome 8050 bobbin case is jumping out of place. The thread is wrapping around the bobbin case and getting stuck, bunching up, and shutting down my sewing progress. It ties the needle up.


check for the retainer action of the bobbin case to see in there is a part broken off that holds the bobbin in the case or carrier
from what you describe , with the thread bunching up etc, I suspect that the needle thread tension is too loose and causing the problems
if so then the bunching and problems can be from the bunched thread pushing the bobbin out of position
take it in for a service and if necessary , repair

Dec 20, 2016 | Janome Sewing Machines

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I bought my daughter a White sew E-Z so she can have fun on her first sewing machine. However there is no manual and no instructions on how to thread the bobin. the bobin just sits on its flat side to go...


Check the model number of the machine. White sewing machine manuals are available from Singer at http://www.singerco.com/accessories/instruction-manuals . Enter the model number and click Search.

The White Sew E-Z model W338 manual is available here: http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/705_white-338-x.pdf .

Unlike some machines this one doesn't really need the bobbin threaded. Place the bobbin in the bobbin holder and leave about 5" of thread extended out from the bobbin holder. With the bobbin compartment still open, lower the presser foot and turn the handwheel to move the threaded needle through the stitch cycle. (I find holding the threads helps; normally, you'll feel them pulling under your fingers.) When the needle has returned to the top of the path, lift the presser foot. Then pull both threads around to the front (the bobbin thread should wrap around the top thread). Then move the threads to the back of the presser foot.

If the needle isn't catching the bobbin thread, first try a new needle (bent or dull needles don't always function properly). Next check the bobbin holder for nicks or other damage. There is a small hook on the bobbin holder that should be where the top and bottom threads intertwine. Under rare circumstances, you will find that the bobbin tension of the bobbin holder is misadjusted. This can interfere with the bobbin thread twisting properly. There is a little set screw that allows you can tighten or loosen the bobbin tension as needed. Adjusting the screw is to be avoided when possible and done in small increments (1/8 turn) if needed. It's easy to strip the threads for the set screw and end up needing to replace the bobbin holder.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Jul 13, 2011 | White Sewing Sewing Machines

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I can't seem to get the tension right when sewing. The top tension looks okay however the bottom is loose


If the bottom looks loose then this is usually a problem with top threading so rethread the machine and check that the thread has gone through the tension discs. Lower the pressure foot and pull gently on the thread just before the needle and feel if it is under tension. Is the top tension device set to the middle number setting? usually 5? Unthread the top path, turn the dial to 0 and run the edge of a piece of fabric through the tension discs to clean them. Thread shreds particles of dye and fine thread pieces as you sew so this area needs cleaning regularly.

Also a good idea to check the bobbin thread is under tension correctly and that the bobbin is in the correct way. On my Janome the bobbin thread winds off so that the bobbin turns in an anti-clockwise direction. Mine has a clear bobbin cover with a threading image to remind me of this but check yours and the manual if you have it. Janome bobbins are same top and bottom, usually clear plastic so it is easy to get it wrong sometimes.

Check out www.sewing.about.com for some good general advice on sewing machine threading and maintenance, it pays to always clean and maintain your machine regularly, use good quality threads and change your needle for EVERY project, don't try and reuse them.

Of course, if you know all this and have tried it already, then perhaps the top tension device has actually failed, if turning the dial up higher makes no differerence at all, then could be mechanic time.

Mar 06, 2011 | Janome D'cor Excel 5018

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I just bought a memory craft 6600 the thread from the bobbin keeps looping on the top fabric? When I change the tension number it just gets worse Help


Check your threading, especially your bobbin because usually looping on top means the bobbin is not set right, Read your manual,

Aug 24, 2010 | Janome Memory Craft 9000 Computerized...

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Need to know how to thread bobbin


manuals can be purchased @ janome. com. your machine should have a bobbin winder. Set empty bobbin on the bobbin winder pin. Thread spool of thread though guide(or tension wheel on the top of the machine;NOT the stitching tension.) wrap thread around bobbin to start, and push bobbin toward the flywheel. slowly press foot pedal and bobbin should begin to turn. apply more pressure to foot pedal to increase speed.When full, bobbin winder should kick back to stop.

May 29, 2010 | Janome 2049LX Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Janome Sew Mini bobbin problem


Hi, Usually wrap-ups in the bobbin area are caused by the lack of tension on the top thread. The slack arm ( shinny lever that moves up and down while sewing) has to pull the loop around the bobbin case and it does so only if the tension on the top thread is sufficient to keep it from pulling more thread of the spool.
Try this: Thread the top of the machine all the way just short of the needle eye. When the presser foot is up the thread should pull through easily. Now drop the presser foot (this closes the tension discs) and pull the tread while adjusting the upper tension control.
If everything is working correctly you should feel the drag on the thread change if not something is keeping the discs from closing.
Most Janomes aren't too difficult to remove the nose cover, usually just one screw and you can get a look at the thread path. Look for thread wrapped around the mechanism.
Sorry, no easy answer but I hope this helps.

Mar 16, 2017 | Janome Sewing Machines

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If it was sewing correctly BEFORE the needle break...why did the needle break in the first place?...and what fixes did you make?
If it sewed properly...what changed?

Cut your upper thread close to the spool...make sure the presser foot is raised and pull the cut off thread section through/out of the machine from the needle area (sewing direction...do not pull the thread backwards!)

Clean out the bobbin area...remove any traces of lint or pieces of thread...look for any broken off needle pieces... brush the bobbin area out....then add a drop of sewing machine oil (but only if your manual says to oil that area).

Remove the needle plate to expose the feed dogs...brush/clean out that area too and add a drop of sewing machine oil...then secure the needle plate back on.
Replace the needle...do it again...yup...some needles arrive bad from the factory. Make sure the needle is inserted and positioned properly. Then thread the machine WITH the presser foot in raised position. (The thread needs to get seated into the upper tensions.)
..with the.presser foot down...thread the new needle.
Oh...and use the correct needle for the thread. (a universal 80/12 is standard).
Thread can cause issues too. Try a different bobbin, or maybe a different spool of thread to see if that makes a difference.

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